Guards nab robbers, recover victims’ items


Two men accused of armed robbery of two women were remanded in custody by the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court pending further investigation.

They appeared before the magistrate for the incident which occurred at midday 10 August in Glen Austin, Midrand.

The state prosecutor presented the police docket in court. It is alleged that the two suspects were driving a Toyota Etios when they gave the victims a lift. Before arriving at the destination, one of them drew a gun and threatened the victims. He took their handbags containing two cell phones before they dropped them off on the roadside.

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The victims waved down a truck driver who relayed the incident to a mobile security guard who then alerted his colleagues as he and the victims followed the accused. They found the men’s vehicle parked on a gravel road and the guard parked his vehicle facing them. As he approached their vehicle, the two also got out and walked towards him. The guard drew his gun and ordered them back to their vehicle just as his backup arrived and helped to arrest them.

A gun suspected to have been used in the robbery was recovered from the vehicle together with the victims’ handbags, phones and other contents which were then handed over to the police.

Ownership of the vehicle wasn’t specified.

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