Six Armed Robbers Nabbed After Shoot-Out Near Mabvuku Turn-Off
Six suspected armed robbers were arrested on Thursday after a shoot-out near Mabvuku turn-off along Mutare Road.
The arrested suspects are: Isaac Kufa (36) of Hatfield, Tonderai Murupiri (28), Patrick Mbundire (21), Casper Chigariro (42), all of Epworth, Hardlife Steven Makwarimba alias Stavo (45) of Goromonzi and Charles Yekeye (47) of Unit O in Chitungwiza.
One of the suspects who tried to flee the scene was shot and injured on the left knee after detectives had cornered the gang. He was taken to Sally Mugabe Central Hospital for treatment and is reported to be in stable condition.
Investigations show that Kufa, Murupiri, Mbundire and Chigariro would allegedly hijack vehicles before passing them onto Makwarimba and Yekeye to sell to unsuspecting people.
In one of the cases, Kufa is alleged to have gone to a car sale in the city and approached Lemeo Chidziva alleging that he wanted to purchase an Isuzu double cab.
He asked for a test drive and Chidziva joined him. Kufa then drove the vehicle to Newlands lying that he wanted to pick up his mechanic but he picked up Murupiri.
They then drove back to the car sale where the two said they wanted to test drive a black Mercedes Benz C200. Chidziva agreed and the three drove towards Chisipite.
When they reached the roundabout along ED Mnangagwa Road, Chidziva suggested they returned but Murupiri, who was sitted in the back, allegedly grabbed him by the neck and handcuffed him.
He dragged him to the back seat and ordered him to lie down at gunpoint. The two allegedly dumped him in a bushy area in Goromonzi before driving off The Herald reports.
The vehicle was fixed with a tracker and detectives managed to track it on Thursday while it was parked at a house in Strathaven, leading to its recovery.
At the house, they found Tashinga Maziriri (25) who was in the process of buying the car from Makwarimba and Yekeye.
He led the detectives to the two who were arrested while waiting to receive money from him in Southerton.
Makwarimba and Yekeye then led detectives to Mabvuku turnoff where the other four accomplices were waiting for their share of the money.
After seeing that the four had been cornered, Mbundire attempted to flee and warning shots were fired but he did not take heed, resulting in him being shot on the left knee.
He was found in possession of a Mazda BT50 car key in his pocket.
The vehicle had been taken by the four suspects from an ex-Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service officer, George Denga (62), in a carjacking on Tuesday.
It was recovered from a bushy area in Mabvuku and investigations are still in progress.
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