A gang of armed robbers wanted for terrorising residents across the greater Durban North, Avoca and Phoenix areas in recent weeks through multiple hijackings and house robberies were arrested following a short high speed chase and shootout earlier today.
Just after 13h00 this afternoon a white VW Polo wanted for an armed robbery on Fulham Road in Reservoir Hills was spotted traveling on Inanda Road in the Newlands area by the Phoenix Trio Crime Unit, members of our Special Operations Team, and Urban Defence. The suspects are believed to possibly be linked to various Trio Crimes in the greater Durban area including the Avoca, Avoca Hills, Effingham, Kenville, Newlands and Phoenix areas.
As soon as the suspects spotted the members, a high speed chase ensued and the armed robbers opened fire on the pursuing members. The fleeing suspects lost control of their vehicle and crashed into the armco barrier on Inanda Road just before Newlands West Drive.
All five suspects were immediately arrested. Two suspects later succumbed to their injuries on scene. One suspect was taken to hospital under police guard while the other two suspects were taken to Newlands Police station where they will be charged accordingly. Two unlicensed firearms were also recovered on scene.
Well done to all members involved.