TWO men were arrested following a botched armed robbery in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, yesterday.
The suspects, who tried to rob two men leaving Standard Bank in Pickering Street, were cornered in Bluewater Bay after a car chase through the city.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alvin Labans said the suspects approached a father and son leaving the bank in an attempt to rob them.
"The father threw the briefcase he was carrying at the suspects, who took it and ran," he said.
A car chase ensued, with a police helicopter also giving chase. The men were arrested near the Bluewater Bay Primary School.
The school's secretary, Ronelle Vosloo, said the incident did not disrupt the Annual National Assessment exams taking place at the school.
"There was no panic among the kids, thankfully. We heard the shots and immediately locked all doors in case someone ran from the scene and came in to the school," she said.
Parents were also relieved that their children were not affected by the drama.
Mandy Pieterse, 54, whose son is a student teacher at the school and whose three grandchildren are pupils there, said she was "so scared" when she initially heard about the incident.
"I'm just so relieved and grateful that nobody was hurt. I feared the chase would end up on the school grounds and people could have been hurt," she said.