By Staff Reporter
POLOKWANE: A well-coordinated operation conducted by the SAPS Team of investigators assisted by the Tactical Response Team (TRT) together with the hostage negotiators of the South African Police Service last night, led to the rescue of the abducted Regional Bank Risk Manager and the arrest of two suspects following a car chase and shootout with the police in the Westenburg policing area outside Polokwane on Saturday, May14.
The 56-year-old bank manager went on a jog in the morning at about 09h00 when he was allegedly abducted by the suspects not far from his home in Welgelegen on the outskirts of the city. The abductors later contacted the relatives of the victim and demanded a substantial amount of money in return for his safe release
The matter was reported to the police and the detectives from the Provincial Investigation Unit, Crime Intelligence and Organised Crimes Unit, Tactical Response Team joined by hostage negotiators immediately started with investigations and gathered all the information in a bid to rescue the victim.The ransom money was then dropped off at the agreed pickup point. The suspects came driving in two BMW motor vehicles, white and black in colour and immediately fled the scene after picking up the money with the victim still inside one of their vehicles.
A high-speed car chase ensued and the driver of one of the BMWs, carrying the abducted victim, lost control, swerved into the nearby bushes and came to a halt. Two suspects were ultimately arrested after they apparently got shot. The others managed to flee the scene in the white BMW sedan.
The victim was also injured during the shootout incident and was taken to the hospital where he is in a stable condition. The money was also recovered and the other BMW confiscated.
The two suspects aged 25 and 28 are currently in hospital under heavy police guard and they will appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, on Monday 16 May 2022 facing charges of abduction, extortion and attempted murder..
We appeal to members of the community to come forward with any information that can assist in the apprehension of the remaining suspects. Anyone with information should contact their nearest Police station.