MANHUNT LAUNCHED FOR SUSPECT WHO ESCAPED FROM POLICE GUARD IN HOSPITAL
NELSPRUIT – Police in Mpumalanga have launched a manhunt for a 37-year-old suspect who escaped from lawful custody at the hospital in the early hours of Saturday, 27 February 2021.
According to the report, on Friday, 26 February 2021, the man and his accomplice stole a bakkie that was parked outside a certain creche at Phola Trust in Masoyi near Hazyview and fled the scene. Along the way, they met another man who was trimming the lawn with a brush cutter. They then shot at him and robbed him of his brush cutter before running him over with the stolen bakkie as he laid on the ground.
The owner of the bakkie is said to have sought assistance from some community members who began searching for his bakkie and suspects thereof. They (suspects) were then later found at Mshadza Trust with the stolen bakkie where one suspect somehow fled upon the arrival of the bakkie owner who was in the company of a group of people. The remaining suspect was then reportedly apprehended and assaulted by this mob and sustained some injuries. Thereafter, it is said that the matter was reported to the police and a case of car theft with an additional charge of armed robbery was opened and the injured man was taken to hospital where he was placed under police guard.
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In the early hours of the said day, the suspect is said to have gone to the bathroom and somehow, managed to escape through the window, hence the manhunt. It also emerged that the suspect is wanted by police at Nelspruit for several criminal activities. The investigation regarding his escape is underway both criminally as well as departmentally and if the members who were tasked with a responsibility to guard him, faltered, the law will surely deal with them accordingly.
Police are currently requesting Mr Sibusiso Dalton Nkosi, who is also known as Nunuza whom they believe can be of great assistance in this investigation to contact the Investigation Officer urgently, or anyone who may know of Mr Nkosi’s whereabouts to contact Detective Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Mshwane at 0824490223. Alternatively, members of the public can call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. The public is also warned though, that the man may be armed and approaching him could be dangerous.
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