Robbers caught after manhunt

The car suspects used.

A Table View man was attacked by three men as he was leaving his Arum Road home last week Wednesday.

According to Table View police spokeswoman Captain Adriana Chandler, the man had been reversing out of his driveway just before 9am, when he remembered he had left his house keys behind and he ran back inside.

As he came back outside he noticed his domestic worker, who had taken the dogs for a work, returning home, followed by three men, two of them armed.

According to Captain Chandler, the men forced the homeowner and domestic worker into the house and demanded to know where the cash was. The homeowner was pistol whipped across the face.

As this was happening, the homeowner’s son and daughter-in-law arrived at the house and the daughter-in-law, unaware what was happening, went inside, while her husband waited in the car.

Captain Chandler said the husband had heard his wife screaming, then saw three men running towards him.

He reversed the car before the men could hijack him and the men backed off, jumping into their own car and speeding off.

He gave chase and the suspects fired two shots towards the car, barely missing him.

Eventually the getaway car stopped on the corner of Raats Drive and Blaauwberg Road.

The suspects jumped out and ran off in the direction of Koeberg Road.

Police blocked off Raats Drive as well as parts of Blaauwberg Road skirting Bayside Mall as they hunted the armed men.

Neighbourhood watches and security firms joined the search for the men. Two suspects were apprehended and handed over to the police.

A third suspect was arrested following a strange turn of events later that same day.

Captain Chandler said that a few hours after the incident in Arum Road, a man had arrived at Table View police station, claiming he had been hijacked in Philippi and forced to drive with the suspects to Table View.

Captain Chandler said police officers had doubted the man’s account and questioned him in more detail.

He had later confessed to the investigating officer that he had been part of the earlier crime and had made a false claim about being hijacked.