Five suspected criminals believed to be leaders of a group of youths who attack and robbed members of the public in Desai and Shadreck areas have been arrested, Police officials said.
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Danny Mwale, said Police in Matero had been recording an increase in the number of reports of people being attacked and robbed of their properties in the two compounds.
Mwale in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday, said the five are among other suspected criminals who had been on Police wanted list for a long time.
“The suspects were hiding in Madimba area of Chunga compound where Police officers rounded them up on October 26, 2023 around 02:30 hours,” he said.
Mwale identified those arrested as Joseph Mwiinga commonly known as Joe Selassie, aged 22, of unmarked house number in Desai compound and Max Kapembwa commonly known as Cobra, aged 21, of unknown house number in Chibolya area of Matero township.
“Others are Kangwa Chanda and Rodgers Simuyembe both, aged 17, of unknown house numbers in Chunga and Paradise compounds respectively and Alex Kunda, aged 15, of unknown house number in George compound,” he said.
Mwale said all the five suspects are detained in Police custody, faced with several counts of aggravated robbery, robbery and unlawful wounding offences.
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