Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-07-27 06:01

Mob justice for sexual assault suspect: Tongaat

A 50-YEAR-OLD man was apprehended by members of the community on Mohamed Mayet Road, Tongaat, after he assaulted three women and forced one of them to perform oral sex on him.

At approximately 1.30pm on Sunday, July 9, members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from a member of public reporting the sexual assault.

Upon arrival it was established that three females were picking wild herbs when they were accosted by the man who was in possession of an air rifle and a handgun. The suspect assaulted the women and accused them of stealing vegetables from a nearby farm.

He then took one of the victims into a room where he forced the 24-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him. He threatened to shoot her if she did not comply with his instructions.

The community was alerted to the incident and went to the suspect’s location. The mob approached the suspect and confiscated his air rifle and the handgun. It was later established that the handgun was a replica firearm. The mob then assaulted the suspect.

Reaction officers arrested the injured man and handed him over to authorities for further investigation.

Theft suspect arrested: Verulam

The 28-year-old man was apprehended by a member of public for theft on Groom Street, on July 11.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from the owner of a block of flats requesting assistance after he found the suspect inside a butchery on the street.

Upon arrival it was established that the suspect had completely removed an aluminium sliding door from the business premises which had been closed for several years, but was being used to store butchery equipment. The resident then dragged the door inside the premises where he broke the glass and was in the process of cutting the frame when he was apprehended. Two stainless steel tables were also missing from the premises.

Officers interviewed the suspect who claimed that he and two friends had stolen the tables the day before.

The stolen goods were sold to an individual­ in the Verulam CBD for R100.

The suspect returned to steal the aluminium shop front which he was going to sell as scrap metal.

He admitted that the money was going to be used to purchase drugs.

The suspect was arrested and handed over to authorities for further investigation.

Black magic blamed for attempted suicide: Verulam

At approximately 9.30am on July 12, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to Fairview Drive in Brindhaven after receiving reports of a woman attempting to commit suicide by running into the flow of traffic.

Upon arrival a 39-year-old woman informed officers that she wanted to end her life.

While speaking to officers the woman attempted to once again run into traffic. Officers restrained and removed her from the roadway.

Officers contacted her husband who arrived on scene and explained that his wife had been possessed by demonic spirits. She had attempted suicide previously and refused medical or spiritual assistance.

The woman refused to return home with her husband and was transported to a relative’s home.

Four injured in collision: R102

Four occupants of a Toyota Corolla were injured following a collision on the south bound lane of the R102 near the Ottawa intersection on Thursday, July 13.

Members of Rusa were dispatched to the scene after receiving several calls from the public reporting the incident.

Upon arrival four people were found to have suffered minor to moderate injuries. They were treated on scene before being transported to hospital.

It is alleged that a Toyota Hilux bakkie that was travelling on the right lane avoided colliding into an unknown vehicle that attempted to overtake him on the verge.

The bakkie then veered into the left- hand lane and knocked into a Toyota Corolla that spun out and collided into a Mercedes-Benz tip truck that had broken down in the emergency lane.

The driver of the Toyota Hilux bakkie and the occupants of the tip truck were not injured.

Bin truck collides into vehicles: Ottawa

Four people were injured after a municipal bin truck collided head on into two vehicles on Old Main Road in Ottawa on Thursday, July 13.

Members of Rusa were dispatched to the scene after receiving several calls from passing motorists reporting the incident.

Upon arrival it was established that a Toyota Fortuner and a BMW were stationary at the robots when the bin truck collided head on into both vehicles.

The truck then veered across the road, climbed the metal crash barrier and came to a stop at the base of a steep embankment.

The injured were treated on scene before being transported to hospital.

Woman arrested for shoplifting and theft: Verulam

A 51-year-old woman was apprehended by shoppers at a clothing store on Wick Street after she pick-pocketed three women of their cellphones and cash on Friday, July 14.

At approximately 4.15pm members of Rusa were dispatched to the store after receiving a call from employees requesting assistance. Upon arrival it was established that the woman had pick-pocketed two shoppers of their cellphones and a third victim of her wallet containing R1000 and her bank cards.

The suspect was apprehended after she attempted to steal valuables from a fourth woman’s handbag.

CCTV footage confirmed that the suspect had stolen branded clothing from the store before she targeted the three shoppers. The footage showed the suspect opening the distracted shoppers’ handbags and removing their valuables.

The stolen clothing as well as the items she had stolen from the three women were handed to two accomplices who had fled the store when the suspect was apprehended. Reaction offices placed the Ndwedwe resident under arrest and handed her over to authorities for further investigation.

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