Speedy reaction by police resulted in the arrest of three suspects aged between 28 and 45 on Thursday night, 29 September 2022 around 21h00 after their attempted truck hijacking was foiled by another truck driver in Carolina.
It is alleged that one of the suspects alighted from the suspect’s VW Golf and boarded a truck whilst was in motion and pointed the truck driver with a firearm.
The truck driver behind realised what was happening, he flashed lights whilst blowing a hooter to distract the alleged hijacker.
The suspect was probably frightened and he alighted from the truck then got back into their VW Golf and fled the scene with the other suspects.
Police were informed about the incident, they then quickly mobilised and operationalised the information. They (members) were on a lookout for the suspects and the search bore positive results as the vehicle fitting the description of the suspected vehicle was spotted with three suspects around midnight (00h00). One of the occupants was wearing clothes identical to the complainant’s description.
All three suspects believed to be involved in the intercepted hijacking were arrested with the VW Golf confiscated. As the investigation continues, the suspects could also be possibly linked to other previously hijacking incidents committed. The trio is expected to appear at the Carolina Magistrate’s Court as soon as all investigative processes are finalised.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has commended the truck driver who distracted the alleged hijackers and the General further praised members for the speedy reaction which led to the arrest.