Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-04-13 06:01

15-year-old knocked down: Verulam -

A 15-year-old boy was injured after he was knocked down by the driver of a Honda Jazz on the north bound lane of the R102 in Verulam on Saturday March 25.

At approximately 2pm members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from a member of public requesting assistance for the injured boy. Upon arrival, the Waterloo resident was treated by paramedics before being transported to a local hospital.

It was established that the teenager was on his way to visit his sister in Parkgate and was attempting to cross the busy road when he was knocked down.

The driver of the Honda Jazz was not injured in the accident.

Female pedestrian killed: Verulam -

At approximately 9pm on Saturday, March 25, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to Oakford Road in Verulam after receiving reports of a woman being knocked down.

Upon arrival the pedestrian showed no signs of life and was declared dead on arrival. Her identity could not be established on scene. It is alleged that an Isuzu bakkie was overtaking a taxi when he knocked into the woman who was walking in the opposite lane.

The driver of the Isuzu bakkie was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

Business robbery: Tongaat -

At approximately 3pm on Monday, March 27, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to a business situated on Gopalall Hurbans Road in Tongaat after receiving reports of a business robbery which had already occurred.

Upon arrival it was established that five armed suspects had entered the business and held up staff. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash from three till points. They then stole cellphones valued at R60 000 from a safe before fleeing the scene on foot. Reaction officers conducted an extensive search for the suspects however, no arrests were made.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Hijacking suspect arrested: Verulam -

A suspect who attempted to hijack a Mercedes-Benz at the Wick Street and R102 intersection in Verulam was arrested by reaction officers on March 27.

At approximately 2pm on Reaction Unit South Africa received a call from a frantic woman stating that two suspects attempted to hijack her vehicle. The victim went on to explain that while stationary at a robot two suspects approached her vehicle. One suspect produced a firearm while his accomplice accosted her with a knife. The suspects demanded that she jump out of the vehicle. The 27-year-old Trenance Park resident pressed her hooter which attracted the attention of other motorists.

When the suspects noticed other vehicles stopping to assist they abandoned the hijacking and fled the scene on foot. The victim provided the Rusa Operations Centre with a detailed clothing description of the suspects and the direction in which they had fled.

Several reaction officers were dispatched to the call and while on route both suspects were spotted fleeing down Ireland Street. When they noticed officers approaching, the suspects split up. One suspect was pursued onto Todd Street where he was apprehended. His accomplice fled into a dense bush leading to the R102. Reaction officers conducted an extensive search for him however, he managed to evade arrest.

The victim arrived on scene and positively identified the suspect that was apprehended as the person that tried to hijack her. He was placed under arrest and handed over to authorities.

The suspect is a habitual criminal. He was shot by police earlier this year after he escaped from custody while being held for a robbery he committed in the Verulam CBD.

Man’s body discovered: Phoenix -

The unidentified body of an African male was found lying in the centre median separating the north and south lanes of the R102 - Phoenix on the morning March 29.

At approximately 7.15am paramedics from Reaction Unit South Africa were flagged down after the man’s body was discovered by members of the public. Upon examination the deceased was found to have suffered severe head trauma and was declared dead on arrival by paramedics.

It is alleged that the man was knocked by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene. Debris from the vehicle was found on the road and the centre median.

Pieces of the victim’s clothing were found attached to some of the debris.

– Supplied.

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