Gauteng police have arrested a suspect related to the robbery of international students at a pre-school school in Mamelodi East, Tshwane, on Monday.
This happened after 18 students and two professors from the US, on a visit to the Viva Foundation School in Mamelodi East, were attacked and robbed by five armed suspects who robbed them of their personal belongings, including: laptops, cellphones, cameras, passports. , airplane tickets, bags and US dollars.
During the robbery, a teacher was whipped with a gun and a resident was beaten by stray bullets in his hand when the suspects opened fire when escaping from the scene, News24 previously reported.
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A team of investigators assigned by provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela was notified to the car wash in Phase 3, Mamelodi East where they found the same vehicle used in the crime the day before.
"The vehicle was processed, which led to the discovery of important evidence through which the police could confirm that taxis had been used during the armed robbery commission," police spokesman Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said in a statement on Friday.
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Subsequently, police arrested a 30-year-old suspect on Thursday night in Pienaarspoort, an informal settlement in Mamelodi East
"The police were stifled by the suspicion of extraordinary suspects and believed that it was only a matter of time before they were found and arrested," Peters added.
Mawela had urged officers not to rest until all the suspects in the matter were arrested.
"Criminals must understand that what we mean is business.
"They cannot terrorize our community, especially children and visitors to our country, and think they can just get away with it. We will not rest until we are convinced that serious crime and violence are a thing of the past."
Suspects face robbery, attempted murder and allegations of assault. He is expected to appear at Pretoria Judge Court on Monday.