19-year-old hijacked in Birch Acres on his birthday

A teenager’s birthday ended on an all-time low when he became the victim of a hijacking at the end of his celebration night.

On Friday, March 11, just after 8pm, three suspects were arrested in Birch Acres after hijacking a blue Hyundai i20 from the birthday boy (19) and his female companion.

The car was found by Alpha Security reaction officer, Edrick Brummer (50), along with Tembisa SAPS officers near Piet-my-vrou Street after being hijacked at the corner of Geranium Avenue and Wingerd Street.

According to Brummer, the three suspects were dropped off by a man driving a black BMW, who then drove off.

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“I was patrolling around the area when I suddenly saw a group of people running around and causing a commotion on Wingerd Street. I made a u-turn and went to investigate,” explained Brummer.

The teenager told Brummer he was driving with a female companion and after parking, he got out of the car to open the gate. That was when a firearm was pointed at him.

“I told the teenager if they had a tracker they should contact the tracking company. When I saw that it was taking too long for the tracking company to arrive, I decided to go and look for the car because I knew it wasn’t far yet,” added Brummer.

“As I was driving I came across Tembisa SAPS and stopped them and asked them to assist. That’s how we managed to corner the suspects. I went in the one direction and they in the other.”

When the suspects noticed that Alpha Security was coming from one side and the police from the other, they started turning into different streets but couldn’t find their way out of Birch Acres. When they saw they were cornered, they all jumped out of the vehicle and started running but Alpha Security with the help of Tembisa SAPS managed to bring them to book.

Alpha Security management praised the work done by the police and their reaction officer.

“Well done Brummer. Well done to all the police officers. You are the heroes that make us feel safe,” said Morné le Grange, Alpha Security’s general manager.

Tumelo Tshetlo

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