EDWARD Nghiyelekwa Pius, a taxi driver from Walvis Bay, has been identified as one of the main suspects in the armed robbery at a service station at the coastal town on Monday morning.
The relentless search by the Namibian Police for the robbery gang that stole N$77 000 from the owner of the Puma Service Station has seen the arrest of one suspect and the identification of Pius.
The first suspect arrested is the owner of a house where the red Volkswagen Polo used by the robbery as a getaway vehicle was found.
“Pius has been on the run since the robbery incident and the search to trace him and the other suspects is still on,” the report reads.
During the robbery at the Puma Service Station at the entrance of Kuisebmond in Walvis Bay, three men armed with a pistol and knives overpowered the owner and two of his employees when they were about to get into a double cab bakkie to go deposit the cash.
One of the employees was stabbed in the upper left leg and in his left arm when he resisted the robbers.
The 70-year-old owner of the service station, Shambweka Chikwililwa, laid a charge of armed robbery with the Namibian Police in Walvis Bay shortly after the incident.
The police immediately launched a search for the suspects and soon after found the red VW polo parked at a house in Kuisebmond.
The investigation revealed that the getaway car was rented under a false name and address from a certain car rental company in town.
The owner of the house where the getaway car was discovered parked in a garage, was taken into custody.
The police did not recover any of the stolen money yet and is still searching for the remaining suspects that fled after they parked the car.
Any person with information that might lead to the tracing of the remaining suspects is requested to contact Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu at +264 81 246 4757, Detective Warrant Officer Geiseb at +264 81 262 9842 or the nearest police station at 10111.
Such information can also be reported in person to any police station.