Saturday, January 30, 2010

Student fatally wounded in armed robbery

By Ofentse Mokae
30 January 2010

A male student from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (formerly Cape Technikon) was shot and killed during an armed robbery at the corners of High and Searl Street in Woodstock yesterday.

Woodstock police say it is alleged that a male suspect confronted three boys, aged between 14 and 16 at gunpoint at Melbourn Street where he robbed them from their cellphones.

The suspect then moved to the corners of High and Searl Street where he tried to rob a male student but fatally shot him through his neck and head, he died on the scene with his cellphone still in his hand.

“The suspect then went further down in Searl Street and under a bridge, he robbed two (2) more women from their cellphones,” says spokesperson Inspector November Filander.

Filander says the suspect fled the scene on foot and is still at large.

“We opened charges of armed robbery and murder,” Filander added.

The identity of the student cannot be released yet as the family of the deceased is still to be informed.

Anyone who witnessed the incidents or who can assist the police on the whereabouts of the suspect can contact Woodstock detective, Inspector Miles on 0824698468 or Crime Stop on 0860010111.

Attempts to reach CPUT for comment proved unsuccessful.

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