Alex Mitchley
1 minute read
2 Jul 2015
1:50 pm

Police arrest two kidnapping suspects

Alex Mitchley

In the same street in which Westbury toddler Luke Tibbetts lost his life in a shootout west of Johannesburg, another scene escalated as police arrested two suspects in a vehicle believed to belong to a man who was reportedly kidnapped on Thursday morning.

Police tend to a crime scene. Picture: Michel Bega

The story of the alleged kidnapping is convoluted, however, police spokesperson Jerbes de Bruyn confirmed that police were acting off a tip-off that a man was abducted from Emperors Palace near OR Tambo airport sometime last week.

Du Bruyn said they were taken to a flat in Westbury, where they arrested a suspect who was in possession of Mandrax. The arrested suspect pointed the police in the direction of the kidnappers, saying they were at a house in Newclare.

The search at the house bore no fruit, but police continued to drive around looking for a maroon coloured Honda, suspected of belonging to the person who was kidnapped.

“Police spotted the car and gave chase, shots were fired, and the vehicle came to a stop after the tyre blew out,” said De Bruyn.

Two more suspects were arrested and a packet of crystal meth was found on their person. The police cordoned off a piece of Steytler Street, not far from where three-year-old Tibbetts was hit by a stray shot fired by Lindray Khakhu in 2014.

An officer in casual clothing could be heard saying that one of the suspects kept changing his story. However, there was no trace of the person who had allegedly been abducted. De Bruyn said they received information that he was in hospital.

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