AMANZIMTOTI – A 36-year-old man suspected for attempted hijacking and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition is in hospital under police guard after he was arrested at Galleria Mall, Amanzimtoti.
On Sunday, June 5 at about 6pm the victim who was parking her vehicle at Galleria Mall was accosted by the suspect in the mall parking lot.
The suspect, allegedly armed with a firearm, demanded her car keys, but was interrupted and attempted to flee the scene.
An off-duty police officer who was in the vicinity heard about the attempted hijacking and traced the suspect. It is alleged that while attempting to escape, the suspect fell from the top roof parking and that is how he was eventually arrested with the help of mall security guards.
An unlicensed firearm was recovered from the suspect who was rushed to hospital for treatment after he was injured from the fall.
The suspect will appear in the Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court once he is discharged from hospital
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa praised the member who sacrifice his life and arrested the suspect whilst off duty.
“I also commend the security guards who assisted in arresting the suspect at the mall”, he said. Lol
Galleria Mall Management has confirmed the incident, stating it is under thorough investigation.