Bogus cops, police officers arrested for kidnapping, robbery in Joburg

Nine men, identifying themselves as police officers arrived at the victim’s house in marked cars and demanded R300 000 for his freedom.

Four suspects, two civilians posing as police as well as two actual police officers, were arrested after a robbery and kidnapping in Bryanston, Johannesburg, with police promising more arrests are on the cards.

The arrests follow an incident where nine people posing as police officers visited the home of a Bryanston resident.

Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan says the men arrived in cars marked Gauteng Traffic police and SAPS flying squad.

The group knocked at the man’s gate in Cumberland Avenue and said they were investigating a murder case against him.

“He was handcuffed… the house was ransacked, and they demanded R300 000 to drop the case or for his freedom,” Muthan says.

The victim managed to organise R15 000 through the help of his wife and sister.

The ‘officers’ then drove him to Johannesburg CBD where he withdrew the money and handed it to them.

“One of the men who was driving BMW, which was recovered, took him back to his house,” says Muthan.

He did not want to divulge too many details about the arrests as this was an ongoing investigation after a case was opened at Randburg Police Station.

Muthan did reveal that the complainant identified four of the suspects to the police and they were charged with kidnapping, robbery, extortion, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and the two civilians were also charged with impersonating police officers.

The names of the accused are known to the Randburg Sun but they will not be published until they have pleaded in court.

Previously, police have warned Johannesburg residents of bogus cops terrorising motorists on Malibongwe Drive, the N1 highway on- and off-ramps and William Nicole Drive where several hijackings occurred.

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