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UPDATE: Suspect is linked to armed robbery of American students in arrested homes in Mamelodi, police confirm



Gautheng police arrested a suspect related to the robbery of pre-school foreign students in Mamelid East, Tshane, this Monday.

It was after 18 students and two US professors visiting a Viva Foundation in Mamelodi East were attacked and robbed of five armed suspects who deprived them of personal belongings, including: laptops, cell phones, cameras, passports, airline tickets, bags and US dollars.

At the time of the robbery, a teacher was beaten with a gun and a resident struck by homeless bullets in his hand while the suspects fired while they were running away from the scene, News24 reported earlier.

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A team of investigators, commissioned by provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Muella, were sent to a car wash in Phase 3, East Mamelody, where they found the same vehicle used in the crime a day earlier.

"The vehicle has been processed, which has led to the discovery of decisive evidence that the police are able to confirm that the taxi has been used during the armed robbery," police spokesman Brigid Matapelo Peters said in a statement Friday .

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Subsequently, the police arrested a 30-year-old man suspected Thursday night in the unofficial village of Pianarasport in Mamloid East

"Police are hot on the heels of unknown suspects and think it's only a matter of time before they are found and arrested," Peters said.

Magellan urged the officers not to rest until all suspects on the matter were detained.

"Criminals must understand that we mean business.

"They can not terrorize our communities, not to mention children, as well as visitors to our country, and think they can get away. We will not rest until we are convinced that serious and violent crimes have passed. "

The suspect faces robbery, attempted murder, and assault. He is expected to appear at the Pretoria magistrate's court on Monday.


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