Amy-Leigh de Jager KIDNAPPING

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Police arrest three suspects in Amy-Lee de Jager kidnapping case

Three people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of 6-year-old Amy-Lee de Jager from her school in Vanderbijlpark earlier in the week.

Amy-Leigh de Jager KIDNAPPING

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has announced the arrest of three individuals believed to be involved in the kidnapping of Amy-Lee de Jager and confirmed one of the suspects is known to the parents.

The Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit arrested the three adult individuals, two female and one male, on Wednesday 5 September 2019.

The arrests were the result of a cooperative intelligence-driven operation between FCS Units in Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging, as well as Crime Intelligence members.

The kidnapping of Amy-Lee de Jager

Amy-Lee was kidnapped outside of her school in Vanderbijlpark on Monday 3 September 2019.

The CCTV footage showed investigators that the kidnappers were using a white Toyota Fortuner and also sparked the suspicion that at least one of them was known to the young girl as she appeared very calm when entering the vehicle.

A ransom demand of R2 million was made for Amy-Lee’s safe return and the FCS units of Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging got to work.

Safe release despite no ransom being paid

Amy-Lee was then released by the kidnappers without any ransom money being paid, which the police believe is because the kidnappers felt the net of the law closing in around them.

Reports suggest she was healthy and unharmed but tired and hungry, asking for a hamburger and chips and to see her brother.

The FCS Unit continued with the investigations and arrested the three suspects, one of whom (a female suspect) is known to the parents of Amy Lee.

“I applaud the unwavering commitment shown by the investigators and members of Crime Intelligence in this case,” said General Khehla John Sitole.

The three suspects are currently in police custody and are expected to appear in the Vanderbijlpark court by close of business on Friday 6 September 2019.

“These members have worked around the clock ever since Amy Lee’s kidnapping was reported to us and such dedication is very encouraging,” added General Sitole.

Main culprits arrested

The SAPS revealed it is satisfied that the three main people responsible for the kidnapping of Amy Lee are behind bars but the possibility of more arrests being effected cannot be ruled out.

The police have implored all South Africans with information on any crime to please contact Crime Stop on 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with the strictest confidence.