Havoc broke out at a routine roadblock


By Bettina Chang

Havoc broke out at a routine roadblock on the N12 Potchefstroom highway when Joburg metro police officers discovered a bag of weapons, including an AK-47, in the back of a car.

When police moved in, a chase on foot ensued. One man was shot in a shoulder during the chase. He and another man were arrested at the scene. Five others were still at large, metro police spokesman Wayne Minnaar said.

A white Toyota Quantum with dark tinted windows was stopped as part of a routine traffic check at 1.40pm yesterday.

When police saw that the men inside looked nervous and suspicious, one officer searched the car while the other officer waited outside and called for backup.

"When I got to the back seat I saw a bag. I saw the AK-47 inside. The guys in the car tried to react, but I took the bag and pushed those guys away," said the officer.

"The whole time I shouted, 'AK-47, AK-47!' And the guys tried to take the bag from us."

The officer made it out of the taxi with the bag unscathed, and the seven suspects fled across the highway. They were pursued by eight officers.

One of the fleeing men turned and pointed a firearm at a police officer. The officer drew his weapon and fired a shot, hitting the man in the left shoulder.

The two arrested men are aged about 30 to 35, Minnaar said. Police saw the other five men flee across the N12 into the Freedom Park area.

Minnaar said police suspected the men were "very serious criminals".

In the bag they found an AK-47, a handgun and a large sledgehammer. They also recovered a handgun from one of the men.

Minnaar said the sledgehammer indicated it was likely the group intended to commit a serious crime, possibly involving an armoured vehicle, safe or ATM.
This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on May 05, 2010

Report ID: 320
Crime Category: Illegal Possessions
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: JOHANNESBURG
Suburb: Potchefstroom
Address: Roadblock on the N12 Potchefstroom highway
Crime Date/Time: 4 May 2010, 00:05 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 5 May 2010, 12:05 PM
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