Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-06-01 06:00

Indian female robs deceased man : Verulam

A woman, believed to be a prostitute, allegedly robbed a deceased man of his valuables on Wick Street in Verulam on Monday, May 15.

At approximately 7:50am, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of an unresponsive man lying on the pavement.

Upon arrival, the individual was assessed by paramedics and found to be deceased. According to members of the public, the deceased is a homeless person who sleeps outside the business every night. When staff at the business arrived for work they assumed that he was still asleep and attempted to wake him however, found him unresponsive.

A female believed to be a prostitute then approached the deceased, searched his pockets and stole his cigarettes and a bag that was lying next to him. She then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The deceased has not been identified at this stage and circumstances surrounding his death are subject to investigation.

Metro Police vehicles involved i n secondary collision: Verulam

At approximately 9.45am on Monday, May 15, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the south bound lane of the R102 after receiving reports of a multiple vehicle collision.

Upon arrival, a BMW was found lying on its side. It was established that the BMW was hired for use by the Metro Police in Durban. While travelling on the R102 the driver lost control and collided into two Metro Police vehicles and an Isuzu bakkie that were stationary at the scene of an accident that occurred earlier.

The R102 between Ottawa and Verulam was closed to allow emergency services to clear the scene of the accident. Due to the heavy rains, officers and paramedics responded to five different collisions on that particular stretch of road from that morning.

No one was injured in any of the accidents, however, several vehicles were extensively damaged.

Hijacked vehicle recovered in river: Verulam

A Jeep that was suspected of being hijacked was recovered submerged in a river on Hazelmere Drive in Verulam.

At approximately 4am on May 15, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the river after receiving a call from a member of the public reporting the finding. Upon arrival, it was established that the vehicle was hijacked from Waterloo the day before.

It is alleged that as the suspects were travelling on Hazelmere Drive they lost control of the vehicle which went over the bridge and landed in the river several metres below. SAPS Search and Rescue Unit were called to the scene and upon arrival inspected the vehicle and confirmed that there were no occupants inside.

The bridge was closed off during a salvage operation which lasted several hours.

Vehicle overturns: King Shaka International Airport

A 40-year-old woman was injured after the vehicle she was travelling in overturned several times near the King Shaka International Airport.

At approximately 7.45am on May 16, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving several calls from passing motorists reporting the incident. Upon arrival, it was established that while cornering a bend, the driver of a Toyota Avanza lost control of his vehicle.
The vehicle overturned several times before colliding into a light pole. Of the six occupants, one woman sustained moderate injuries in the accident.

She was treated on scene by paramedics before being transported to Victoria Hospital.

Armed robbery: Verulam

At approximately 9.30am on May 16, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to a tuck shop on Jacaranda Avenue in Mountview, Verulam, after receiving reports of an armed robbery.

Upon arrival, it was established that a man dressed in a long winter coat and woollen hat approached the owner and produced a firearm.
The suspect robbed the woman of an undisclosed amount of cash and her Samsung cellphone before fleeing.
The victim could not confirm if the suspect had got into a Black VW Golf that was seen parked near the home during the robbery.

Officers conducted an extensive search for the suspect, however, no arrests were made.

Foreigner kills six-year-old: Verulam

A six-year-old Grade one pupil was killed after being knocked down by an Ethiopian national on Austin Avenue in Everest Heights, Verulam.

At approximately 2pm on May 16, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving several calls from the public requesting assistance for the Everest Heights Primary student. Upon arrival, the child showed no signs of life and was declared deceased by paramedics.

According to witnesses, the Toyota Hilux bakkie was driving at a high speed while passing the school. The driver lost control of the bakkie after going over a speed bump and ploughed into the child before driving over her.

Due to the excessive speed the driver only managed to stop the bakkie approximately 15 meters away from the point of impact

Suspected thief assaulted by businessman: Verulam

At approximately 4pm on Wednesday, May 17, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to an electronics business on Moss Street in the Verulam CBD after receiving reports of a fight in progress.

Upon arrival, it was established that two Malawian businessmen received information regarding an individual who was suspected of breaking into their shop and stealing several electronic devices on Sunday this past week. Acting on the information, the businessmen tracked down the suspect and apprehended him.
They then took him back to their store where they assaulted him with a wheel spanner for several hours.
The suspects family proceeded to the business after they learnt of the incident and demanded that he be released resulting in an altercation between them and the businessmen.

Officers intervened and the severely injured suspect was handed over to authorities for further investigation


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