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They were arrested after a high-speed chase from Springs to the KwaZenzele informal settlement, in Endicott.

Three of the suspects were arrested in Endicott at 6pm last Sunday and the fourth suspect was apprehended in Wattville at 11am last Monday.

SAPS spokesman Capt Johannes Ramphora says the suspects are allegedly linked to other robberies.

“We confiscated a white Toyota Quantum – allegedly the same vehicle involved in an incident during which a woman was robbed and then thrown out of the vehicle, last Monday.

“The woman was hospitalised but she is recovering well,” he says.

The arrests occurred after the SAPS reacted to a call for back-up from an EMPD officer who was on a routine patrol in the CBD at 6pm last Sunday.

Ramphora says the officer noticed the Quantum skipping a red traffic light between First and Third streets, in the CBD.

“The officer indicated to the driver of the Quantum to stop the vehicle but he sped off.

“The EMPD officer called for back-up and chased the speeding driver down Nigel Road towards Endicott,” he says.

The Quantum reached the informal settlement and the suspects opened fire on the officer, who returned fire.

Ramphora says the EMPD officer informed the police he saw the four suspects running towards nearby houses after abandoning the Quantum.

Identity books and various store and bank cards were found inside the vehicle.

“Upon further investigation, we found the ID books and cards belong to victims of robberies allegedly committed by the four suspects,” says Ramphora.

The police took the vehicle to the police station.

The suspects will appear in court again on Tuesday.

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