Swift Acting Police Officers Catch 11 Armed Robbers Red Handed
In a great development, the swift reaction by police officers resulted in the arrest of a gang of 11 armed robbers who were caught red-handed during the commission of a crime.
ZRP national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi revealed that the incident occured on 25 February at around 0330 hours at Maruta Shopping Centre in Harare’s Hatfield suburb.
The gang of 11 armed robbers is reported to have waylaid a 30-year-old man at the shopping centre. Fortunately, for the complainant, a good Samaritan informed the police who were manning a roadblock along the Seke/Delport Road that an attack was in progress.
The police officers at the roadblock reacted swiftly to the report and managed to catch the armed robbers red-handed. The officers managed to subdue and apprehend all 11 members of the gang before they had even managed to take anything from the complainant.
In a statement to the press, Assistant Commissioner Nyathi said,
Police and other security service officers were manning a roadblock along Seke/Delport Road when they received information to the effect that a complainant (30) was being attacked at Maruta Shopping Centre. They reacted to the information and proceeded to the scene and arrested Tatenda Manongwa (26), Jabulani Majoni (32), Blessing Mabhureni (27), John Machingauta (26), Piyson Pamehenza (male adult), Lawrance Kwashira (20), Tinashe Nyamaumba (25), Professor Majaya (28), Ashington Chamunorwa (31), Tashinga Madzana (male adult) and Farai Mangwanani (32) who were armed with two 303 rifles, iron bars, a sjambok and a catapult. The suspects were intercepted before taking anything from the complainant.
Police investigations are underway to establish the origin of the firearms. Meanwhile, the victim was taken to Mbuya Dorcas Hospital for medical attention.
Nyati went on to reveal that gangs of armed robbers were on the prowl and that the police had increased their efforts to catch the miscreants.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has intensified efforts to account for robbery syndicates who are moving around the country attacking members of the public who include motorists, business people and people walking or moving alone.
The arrest of the 11-member gang of armed robbers comes barely a week after detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) cornered another gang of armed robbers before they could get away after they robbed a businessman in the Harare CBD. Four of the armed robbers were shot dead after they foolishly engaged in a shoot out with the police.
One of the robbers who was shot dead was later identified as police constable Kudzai Kanjera, a serving member of the police who was based at Hatfield Police Station.
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