An e-hailing driver was hijacked at gunpoint and assaulted by ‘passengers’ who turned out to be armed robbers in the Sea Cow Lake area yesterday.
Last night at approximately 22h40, the Marshall Security Emergency Dispatch Centre received reports of gunshots on Mysore Road via a local community crime group. Our Armed Response Officers were immediately dispatched to the scene.
Upon their arrival, our members were informed that an e-hailing driver’s services had been been requested to collect passengers at that location, but when he arrived it turned out to be a set-up and he was held up at gunpoint by an unknown amount of suspects. They assaulted him with a firearm on his head and fired shots in the air, whereafter they proceeded to hijack his vehicle and flee the scene.
A resident from the area informed our responding officers that the hijackers had headed into a nearby informal settlement in the stolen vehicle. Together with the Durban Flying Squad, who arrived on scene quickly, our members made their way into the informal settlement to look for the vehicle, and managed to locate it where it was found abandoned and already stripped.
The scene was handed over to the SAPS for further investigation and processing.