Robbers caught in lion park after roadside robbery

Two armed robbers were found hiding in a lion park after attacking a family whose car broke down on the R512 in Hartbeespoort on Wednesday afternoon.

The family’s car broke down near the park around 13:00. According to police spokesperson, Maria Nkabinde, a husband and wife and their daughter were standing by the car when two men approached and asked for cigarettes. One of the men took out a firearm forcing the family back into the car at gunpoint. The man allegedly tried to disarm the gunman, giving his wife and daughter the opportunity to escape from the vehicle. They ran across the road for help.

The two suspects grabbed a handbag and fled into the lion park.

Members of the Hartbeespoort police’s crime prevention unit searched the bush and mountain area for over four hours but could not find them. “Around 18:00 the same day, the Hartbeespoort police received information that the suspects might still be in the lion park area, and the search was continued. The suspects were found hiding in the bushes. They matched the description of the family’s attackers and were found in possession of the stolen items robbed from the family. A firearm was found in their possession, later identified as an airgun.

The two suspects, aged 29 and 42, were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property. They appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court this week and the case was postponed to 6 October for bail application.