A task team established to track, trace and rearrest seven people who escaped from police custody at the Elliot police station on Wednesday at 18:45 has made a breakthrough with the rearrest of one escapee, aged 21.

Captain Khaya Tonjeni, Eastern Cape police spokesperson said the seven escapees overpowered police officers, stole a state firearm from the officers and fled on foot. Shots were also fired randomly as they fled and no injuries were reported.

Tonjeni said “Police are warning the community members not to try to rearrest the escapees as they are armed and dangerous, but urge them to report their whereabouts to the nearest police station”.

The six escapees who are still at large have been identified as Lihle Rashula, Dumisani Tom, Inga Nkompela, Sfundo Sothondoshe, Yophi Samkelo Rasmeni and Phakamani Phoswayo.

The captain urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escapees to contact the police anonymously. he added that information will be treated with strict confidentially.