ANOTHER local business became the latest victim of an armed robbery, but this time the suspects did not get away - two were apprehended after a high speed chase.
On Monday morning eight men, posing as customers, entered the popular The Fish King on the corner of Oosbosch and Boland Streets in Dal Josaphat industrial area.
Suddenly one of the men grabbed a cashier, threatening her with a firearm and forcing her to open the till. In the process she was manhandled and injured, according to eye-witnesses.
The suspects then forced the customers and other members of staff into an office. They demanded that the safe be unlocked and when an employee refused, he was struck over the head.
The men took the keys of a bakkie belonging to the shop, cash and computers.
One of the suspects fled on a bicycle with the cash and another on foot in the direction of Mbekweni.
The other suspects fled in the bakkie belonging to The Fish King.
An eye-witness, Henry Alley, said that he was outside his panel-beating business in Drommedaris Street, when he heard the screech of tyres. He then saw a man scale one of the walls of a nearby home next to the railway track.
“One of the police vehicles stopped and picked up a firearm and what looked like money. More police vehicles arrived. I realised that the man who had scaled the wall, was being sought after, and gave chase.
“He ran over the railway track and I followed him. Just as I was about to grab him, the police arrived and the suspect collapsed.”
In the mean time, reinforcements were alerted, and the Mbekweni police were asked to be on the look-out for the other suspects who were fleeing in the bakkie.
The stolen vehicle was soon spotted and a chase ensued during which various shots were fired.
But before the suspects could be apprehended, they fled on foot into the informal settlement of OR Tambo.
A police spokesperson, Capt Louise du Plessis, said that all leads are being followed up in the hope of more arrests.
Police are also looking at all circumstances which may link this latest armed robbery with the spate of others which have taken place in the area, especially in Wellington.