Two Egyptian nationals aged 27 & 20 were arrested by members of Reaction Unit South Africa for armed robbery after a high-speed chase which started in Verulam and ended in Phoenix this afternoon (Monday).
Reaction Officers were dispatched to a residence on Todd Street in the Verulam CBD after receiving reports of the incident. Upon arrival it was established that the two suspects had approached a family who owed them R700. They demanded R7000 to settle the debt claiming that the balance of the money was for interest which had accumulated on the original amount.
An argument ensued when the 27-year-old suspect drew a firearm and his 20-year-old accomplice armed himself with a knife. The suspects then assaulted two men and a 7-year-old boy before robbing them of R10 000 in cash and fleeing the scene in a Hyundai H1 bakkie.
Details of the getaway vehicle were circulated to all available response vehicles. The Hyundai H1 was spotted heading out of Verulam and traveling in the direction of Phoenix.
A high-speed chase ensued through peak hour traffic into Phoenix and ended on the corner of Longbury & Croftbury Drive after pursuing response vehicles boxed the suspects in. Both suspects were injured after they resisted arrest.
A search of the vehicle was conducted and a large amount of cash and a knife was recovered. The victims, including the 7-year-old boy arrived on scene positively identified the suspects as the people who had robbed them.
The suspects were handed over to the South African Police for further investigation.