What was meant to be a leisurely stroll along the Port Elizabeth beachfront turned into an ordeal for an elderly British couple as they were held up at gun point and robbed off their possessions.
IOL reports that the couple were walking along the beachfront and, after deciding to take a sit on a bench they were approached by a man who had been seated on a nearby bench.
According to police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu, the perp pulled out a firearm and demanded the gold necklace from the woman’s neck then proceeded to snatch it and ran off.
“The suspect snatched the chain from the 74-year-old woman’s neck and started running,” Naidu said.
“Witnesses saw what had happened and started chasing after the suspect. A person on a bicycle and in a bakkie gave chase.”
Naidu said the suspect ran into a taxi which was flagged down by members of the public but he managed to briefly escape as he fired a shot, hitting a 35-year old man on the hip. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for his gunshot wound.
The suspect however did not make it too far as he was apprehended by private security company ADT as well as members of the community.
Naidu says the woman’s necklace was recovered and a Browning firearm was found on the 19-year old suspect who will appear at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 12 January.
A case of robbery with a firearm and attempted murder is currently being investigated.
Major General Thembisile Patekile was full of praise for the community members who stepped in and had to ensure tourists that the SAPS is committed to making the city a safe environment.
“We wish a speedy recovery to the good samaritan who was shot and assure the community and tourists to this beautiful city that the SAPS is committed in ensuring a safe and secure environment for all,” said Patekile.