Police members swooped on a notorious gang alleged to have been preying on ‘Ford Rangers’ in the Durban vicinity and arrested four suspects after a high-speed chase and shootout which ended when the suspects crashed their vehicle into a tree on Frere Crescent in Glenwood on Thursday.

Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said, “At 1pm, the SAPS members followed up information about the suspects who were traveling in a silver Hyundai H1 on their way to commit a crime. The vehicle was parked at Windermere Road, Morningside, and the police officers kept their observation. It is alleged that the suspects are also involved in a number of carjacking and robberies committed in Durban areas. When the police tried to intercept their vehicle, the suspects sped off. A chase ensued and the suspects sped towards the Glenwood area, Umbilo, where a shoot-out then ensued. The suspects lost control of their vehicle and crashed into a tree at Frere Crescent, Glenwood.”

“The suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot. The members gave chase and four suspects were apprehended. Allen keys, police scanner, police radio handset, remote jammers, various computer boxes and car breaking implements were recovered. The suspects are aged between 27 and 36. The suspects are to appear in the Durban Magistrates’ Court on charges of attempted murder and possession of car breaking implements,” added Cpt Gwala.

“It was incredible how police joined by security companies zoned in on the suspects and cordoned off the scene. It was like a scene out of an action movie and much respect goes out to the police officers who were hot on the trail of the fleeing suspects. They were relentless and the chase certainly ended on a positive note with the four arrests and the recovery of the car breaking implements,” said PT Alarms Tactical and K9 Unit spokesman, Dhevan Govindasamy,
who was immediately on site and helped cordon off the crime scene whilst police investigations were underway.