She faked kidnapping

2017-01-17 06:01

A Tafelsig woman has been arrested after she apparently pretended to get kidnapped and claimed a ransom from her family.

A resident of Tunnel Street contacted the Mitchell’s Plain police on Saturday 7 January at 01:15 to report his wife missing, claiming he had last seen his wife on Wednesday 4 January at 09:20 when she left home to go to the town centre.

Later on the Saturday, the woman’s daughter received SMSes asking for a ransom.

On the same day, the investigating officer set up a temporary joint operational centre in the boardroom of Mitchell’s Plain Police Station with officers from the special task force and provincial crime intelligence, hostage negotiators and Mitchell’s Plain detectives.

Grabber technology was used to trace the victim’s cellphone, to no avail.

The next morning it was established that the ransom amount was set at R10 000.

Police continued their investigation and raided two houses on the Monday but the victim was not found there.

An exchange deal was negotiated with the alleged kidnappers and officers were deployed to a fast food outlet at Promenade Mall.

On Tuesday 10 January the victim was spotted near the mall.

The 33-year-old woman started running when she spotted the Mitchell’s Plain detectives, but they caught her in AZ Berman Drive.

She was interviewed by the investigating officer and it was established that the “kidnapping” had been a ploy to “see if her family loved her”.

No other people were involved in the incident.

The woman was arrested and charged with kidnapping, extortion and defeating the ends of justice.

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