MANHUNT LAUNCHED FOLLOWING ADDO FARMER’S KIDNAP ORDEAL

Media Statement from the South African Police Service Media Centre,
Eastern Cape

UITENHAGE CLUSTER: Monday, 16 April 2018 –

The expertise of the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit in Port Elizabeth, has been roped in to assist with the investigation relating to a house robbery that took place on a farm in the Sunlands area, Addo on Saturday evening, 14 April 2018 at about 18:40.

It is alleged that a 63-year-old man went outside to feed his horses and upon entering his home, he was attacked by about three unknown males. The suspects assaulted him with an axe and demanded the keys to his safe.

The suspects took three firearms, electronic equipment and forced the complainant into his white Isuzu LDV and they drove to a neighbouring farm. The suspects then ordered the complainant to open the neighbour’s house and they ransacked the neighbour’s house as well. (The family was out of town at the time and the complainant was looking after their premises). Here the suspects took the safe, which also contained firearms, and they drove off to a residence, believed to be somewhere in Motherwell, with the complainant.

The complainant was tied up and kept in a room for the duration of the night. Early on Sunday morning, 15 April 2018, the suspects took the complainants credit card and used it at a shopping centre in Port Elizabeth. The suspects then returned home and later drove the complainant to a service station near Mjoli Square, Kwazakele, Port Elizabeth where they released the victim and returned his LDV bakkie.

The complainant managed to drive back to his farm and alerted the local police at about 15:30 yesterday, 15 April 2018, about the incidents. Detectives were summoned to the scene and are currently following up on all possible leads. Police are investigating cases of house robbery x 2, kidnapping and more charges may be added at a later stage.

The complainant was taken to a hospital where he was admitted with head and arm injuries.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer JP Lourens on 071 352 4706.

The SAPS wants to encourage the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and they appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the arrest of those involved in crime. Reject and report all stolen property to the SAPS. Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime. Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211.

 

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