“Currently the injured suspect is under police guard at Bloemfontein Hospital in the Free State province,”
THREE more suspects have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a supermarket in Port Nolloth on Monday.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said the incident happened at around 6am on Monday morning when two knife-wielding robbers stormed a supermarket immediately after the store opened.
“The robbers demanded money and an employee was forced to open a safe at knifepoint. The safe could not open immediately and the police were alerted. When the police arrived at the scene, one of the robbers tried to stab a police official and was shot in the shoulder. The suspect tried to flee and was arrested. Currently the injured suspect is under police guard at Bloemfontein Hospital in the Free State province,” said Ramatseba.
The injured suspect was initially treated at Springbok Hospital before being transferred to Bloemfontein.
Ramatseba added that the Independent Police Investigative Directive (IPID) had been notified about the incident in order to conduct its own independent investigations.
“Three male suspects, aged 21, 22 and 49, are expected to appear before the Springbok Magistrate’s Court today while the suspect in hospital will appear as soon as he has recovered.
“The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant-General Risimati Shivuri, has applauded members for the speedy arrest of the armed robbers. He pointed out that criminal activities would not be tolerated throughout the festive season.”
The police investigation continues.