- Four people have been arrested in connection to an attempted kidnapping
- The group abducted a man outside of a police station but were luckily intercepted before they could flee
- Police officers found confiscated illegal firearms, as well as other illegally-obtained police equipment from the four suspects
South African Police Service (SAPS) officers managed to foil a kidnapping attempt in Ekurhuleni recently and have arrested four suspects in connection with the crime.
The suspects allegedly approached a man outside of a police station, where they robbed him and forced him to get into their car.
Luckily, according to News24, police officers investigated the suspicious vehicle parked at the station and managed to stop the suspects before they could flee with the victim.
The four suspects had been using illegal firearms and other illegal SAPS equipment to execute their crimes.
"Four suspects were taken into custody while police seized from the suspects and the vehicle, two firearms - one of which was unlicensed, a police appointment card and other SAPS-issued items including handcuffs and a blue light," Captain Kay Makhubele, Police Spokesperson, said.
The suspects had allegedly planned on asking the kidnapped man’s family for thousands of Rands to ensure his safe return, Briefly.co.za discovered.
So far, the charges that will be placed on the four individuals are police impersonation, possession of an unlicensed firearm, kidnapping, robbery and extortion.
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant, General Elias Mawela, commended local SAPS officers on their response to the incident.
"Well done to our members who acted swiftly in response to information of possible illegal activity taking place on the premises of the South African Police Service. This just shows how daring criminals have become and how far they would go undermining the authority of the State and terrorising our communities," Mawela said.
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