Full statement by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi on the shooting incident along the Masvingo Beitbridge Road.
SHOOTING INCIDENT AT 279KM PEG MASVINGO BEITBRIDGE ROAD
The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Zakaria Ncube (41) and Brianmax Tom Mudau (26) in connection with a robbery case that occurred at MC Compound, Chikombedzi, Chiredzi on 29th March 2022 at around 0145 hours.
The suspects, together with others who are still at large were seen being dropped from a silver Honda Fit vehicle registration number AFL 9425 at Chikombedzi Business Centre by a security guard who had observed some suspicious movements.
The suspects later stormed the complainant’s house where they attacked a local businessman and his wife. They threatened to shoot them with an unidentified pistol while demanding cash.
The suspects ransacked the house and stole a wallet containing US$1 000-00, ZAR8 000-00, bank cards, Huawei cellphone, P37 Itel, Samsung A11 cellphone and a Nissan Caravan vehicle (AFU 4903).
A report was made at ZRP Chikombedzi before Police reacted swiftly and tracked the suspects leading to the recovery of the stolen vehicle which was dumped about 40km from the crime scene towards Rutenga.
On the same date at around 0540 hours, the suspects who were using the same Honda Fit vehicle were stopped at a Police checkpoint at the 297km peg along Masvingo-Beitbridge Road.
The driver was signalled to stop but did not comply and instead circumvented the roadblock barriers prompting Police to shoot the vehicle after firing warning shots.
As a result of the shootout, one suspect was injured on the left shoulder and was later arrested as he sought medical attention at Beitbridge District Hospital.
Investigations by Police led to the arrest of Brianmax Tom Mudau and the recovery of the Honda Fit vehicle at Mudhau Shopping Centre, Beitbridge.
Police recovered ZAR8 070 and USD205 on the seat, and a yet to be identified body on the back seat of the vehicle.
A pistol with obliterated serial numbers and a magazine of 8 rounds was recovered on the body’s waist belt.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has made it clear that those who commit crimes will be arrested.
Police crack teams are on full alert and will deal decisively with criminal elements.
Meanwhile, Police are working around the clock to account for all notorious robbers who are maiming, killing and taking away people’s property through violent acts.