Armed robber drowns in the sea trying to evade arrest

An armed robber drowned in the sea trying to evade arrest .Image: Stock Image / Pixabay

Armed robber drowns in the sea trying to evade arrest

An armed robber drowned in the sea while he was trying to evade arrest on Monday evening in Humewood, in the Eastern Cape.

Armed robber drowns in the sea trying to evade arrest

An armed robber drowned in the sea trying to evade arrest .Image: Stock Image / Pixabay

Police said an armed robbery suspect drowned in the sea while he was trying to evade arrest on Monday evening.

TWO SUSPECTS ROBBED A MAN OF HIS CELL PHONE 

According to police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge, the incident happened in Humewood at around 20:30. 

“A 36-year-old man was robbed of his cell phone at gunpoint by two males in Beach Road in Brookes Hill. 

“The suspects demanded his cell phone and fled. However, Metro Police officers on patrol spotted the incident and chased after the suspects.” 

METRO POLICE SPOTTED THE INCIDENT AND CHASED THE SUSPECTS 

Beetge said a 39-year-old suspect was arrested while the other suspect threw down the firearm and ran across the road and onto the beach.

 “During an attempt to evade arrest, he ran into the sea and hid behind the big rocks. 

“Due to the rough sea conditions, SAPS Search and Rescue as well as SAPS Diving Unit were unable to reach him.” 

THE ONE SUSPECT RAN INTO THE SEA AND HID BEHIND THE BIG ROCKS 

He furthermore said, unfortunately, the suspect’s body washed ashore on Tuesday morning on King’s Beach. 

“The police recovered the cell phone and confiscated a replica firearm.” 

Meanwhile, the 39-year-old suspect is detained on a charge of armed robbery.

HIS BODY WASHED OUT ON TUESDAY MORNING 

The police investigation is continuing.

Meanwhile, police said the weekly high-density Operation Shanela’s intensity is consistent. 

Nearly 1 000 suspects were arrested in the Eastern Cape last week. 

POLICE ARRESTED NEARLY 1 000 OTHER SUSPECTS LAST WEEK 

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli said that between 13 and 19 May 2024, police in the province nabbed 978 suspects for various crimes. 

He said, furthermore, eight illegal firearms were recovered, mostly in the OR Tambo District.

“These integrated crime-fighting operations of police members with the assistance from other law enforcement agencies and other relevant government departments are making huge strides in the eight districts in the province.” 

POLICE CLAMPED DOWN ON ABALONE POACHERS 

Nkohli said police, with assistance from the Department of Fisheries, Forestry, and Environment, clamped down on abalone poachers and confiscated 767 units of abalone. 

Police also seized 13.8 kilograms of dagga, 568 mandrax tablets and 1 110 litres of liquor, and closed two unlicensed liquor outlets.

“A total of 153 suspects were nabbed for drug-related crimes, of which 33  were arrested for dealing in illicit drugs.” 

“In as much as we are recovering unlicensed firearms and effecting arrests in most incidents, we are concerned about the mass shooting incidents that are plaguing some areas of the province. 

“We are increasing our intelligence-driven operations so as to address these heinous crimes,”  

Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Nomthetheleli Mene iterated.