On 18 May at approximately 10:30 a 60 year old resident was busy working in the garage of his residence when he was accosted by two suspects, one of whom was armed.

The suspects took the resident into his house where they tied his hands and gagged him. They then demanded his firearm and when they took the gag off, he shouted for help. The suspects assaulted him and fled the scene with his firearm and a small amount of cash.

As the suspects exited the residence they shot at a neighbour who returned fire and wounded one of the suspects. The wounded suspect was placed in a wheelie-bin by his accomplice as they fled the scene. A security official responded to a call out and encountered the suspects. When he approached them one of the suspects pointed a firearm at him and, in defence he fired a shot, wounding the gun-wielding suspect. The injured suspect in the bin then drew the stolen firearm and wanted to shoot at the security official. Luckily SAPS Bothasig arrived on the scene and assisted the security official.

Both wounded suspects, aged 23 and 26 from Du Noon, were arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment. The house owner was also taken to hospital for treatment. Bothasig SAPS recovered two fire arms and the knife which one of the suspects used during the house robbery. A case of house robbery has been opened and is under investigation.

Anyone with more information can contact the investigating officer, D/Serg Randall Davids during office hours on 021 558 3688 or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

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