23 Apr 2017 15:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 23 APR (NAMPA) - A 21-year-old man accused of armed robbery and attempted murder escaped from police holding cells at Omaruru between Friday and Saturday.
He sawed through the burglar bars of the cell where he was kept with other inmates and escaped from lawful custody, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said on Sunday.
Iikuyu said charges against Johannes Immanuel also include housebreaking.
He said Immanuel has pending cases in Okahandja and asked for the publics assistance in tracing the suspect.
The manhunt to re-arrest him is underway, Iikuyu said.
The deputy commissioner also reported that six male suspects aged between 17 and 19 were arrested in Kuisebmond at Walvis Bay Saturday morning in connection with vehicle theft.
They allegedly used an unknown object to break into a Toyota Corolla sedan registered as a taxi and drove off with the car.
Iikuyu said on Saturday afternoon, police officers spotted the vehicle driving around in Kuisebmond and tried to stop it.
The driver however ignored the order and the officers pursued them.
The chase ended at Puma Service Station in the same neighbourhood, where the driver and two other suspects managed to get away.
The three other suspects were arrested on the spot, while the driver and two others were apprehend later in the day.
They are expected to appear in court on Monday.
Two of the suspects were found with Toyota car keys suspected to have been used in the commission of related crimes, Iikuyu said.
The stolen taxi is worth about N.dollars 57 000.