Two fishermen – aged 66 and 76 – were attacked by two unknown suspects while fishing near the Blue Hole in Noordhoek in Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth.
According to a statement by Eastern Cape SAPS, the incident allegedly took place at about 06:00 on Monday.
“The [suspects] enquired from them whether they had booster cables and when they informed them that they did not have any, they walked away,” informed spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
“About five minutes later, they returned and one of the men grabbed the 66-year-old man from behind. His friend then came to his assistance. He was pointed with a firearm.”
Naidu then stated that the 76-year-old sustained several stab wounds while the 66-year-old sustained two stab wounds after encountering a scuffle with the suspects. The victims were both taken to hospital for treatment.
The suspects took off with fishing equipment, a bag containing fish and pants – all with an estimated value of R5 800.
The two suspects also punctured two tyres on both of the victims’ cars.
“A case of armed robbery and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm is under investigation,” informed Naidu.
She also added, “Police are warning fishermen and joggers to be wary of their surroundings and to avoid fishing or jogging in quieter areas, during early or late hours of the day.
“With the beaches closed to the public under the lockdown adjusted Level 3, the promenade and other areas along the beachfront are very quiet and isolated thus making the few people out and about during these times easy targets for criminals.”