Report has it that a group of five notorious gangsters who were apprehended by the police have escaped custody and are presently at large. The police have launched a manhunt for the five suspects who escaped from their custody at Mitchells Plain. The fleeing suspects reportedly overpowered the police and escaped before they could be processed.
Confirming this event, Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk related that the men between the age of 21 and 33 were arrested for possession of drugs, business robbery, robbery with a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle. Wyk is calling on the public to assist the police in tracing the suspects, adding that anyone with information about their whereabouts should contact Crime Stop on 0860010111.
The suspects as related by Major General Greg Goss, escaped while the prisoners were being fed their lunch. “They overpowered the cops whilst they were feeding them,” he stated.
Meanwhile BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the escape was enabled by a police officer who carelessly dropped the keys to the holding cells. A witness to the incident told iol that the escape can be attributed to the offhand officers.
The 27-year-old witness from the Lentegeur police station narrated that the suspects were just dropped and not signed in yet.
“The policeman told them they must wait. He is a sergeant. He shouted to his colleague to open up and when the colleague threw the keys to him, it fell on the ground.”
The sergeant bent down to the ground to pick up the keys and four of the suspects ceased the opportunity to jump over a wall where as one ran away through the main gate.
Although the suspects who are expected to make an appearance at the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court are yet to be identified due to some legal reasons, the witness revealed thus; “most of these guys are Americans and some are Fancy Boys.”
Commenting on the issue, Michael Jacobs of the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster Board stated that the incident will raise talks about security at the station. To him, it is worrisome for the incident to occur despite the “cameras all over and the highest of security” gadgets.