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Update: Mamelodi Kindergarten has arrested suspects associated with armed robbery of US students



Police in Gauteng arrested a suspect in connection with the robbery of an international student in a kindergarten on Monday, east of Tshwane Mamelodi.

This is the result of an attack on the Viva Foundation School in Mamelodi East, which was attacked and steal by five armed suspects armed with 18 students from the United States and two professors: , Passports, airline tickets, bags and US dollars.

In the robbery, the teacher was caught in a handgun whilst the suspect fired a shot while his occupant flew from the scene.

Also read: The police hunt gunmen who robbed foreign students at Mamelody kindergarten.

Lieutenant Elias Mawela, a local inspector, went to wash the carpets in the third stage of the Mamelodi East.

A police spokesman, Mataselor Peters, said in a statement that "the vehicle was handled and the police found important evidence to confirm that the taxi was used during the armed robbery mandate."

Also read: Mamelodi school robber escape vehicle discovery

Police then arrested a 30-year-old male suspect in Pienaarspoort, an informal settlement in the Mamelodi East on Thursday night.

"Police are hot on the heels of prominent suspects, and I believe they are only a matter of time before they are discovered and arrested," Peters said.

Mawela urged the officers not to rest until all the suspects on the matter were arrested.

"Criminals need to understand that we are businesses.

"They threaten our community and we can not leave children as well as our visitors, and they think they can escape, and we will not rest until we are convinced that serious and violent crime is a thing of the past," he said.

The suspect was charged with robbery, attempted murder, and assault. He is expected to appear at the Pretoria Magistrate Court on Monday.


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