Teen raped at Eastern Cape church
Port Elizabeth - A man who went to an Eastern Cape police station on Sunday afternoon to find out if anyone had laid a charge of rape, has been arrested for allegedly raping a teenager in a church.
Police officials realised this was possibly the man they had been looking for since an alleged rape at a Gelvandale church on Friday night.
Police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the man was arrested on the spot and would appear in court on Monday on charges of rape and theft.
The two cellphones that he allegedly took from his victims were also found in his possession.
Youth group meeting
Janse van Rensburg said the suspect apparently saw an opportunity when the youth group of the Nazarene church in Gelvandale held an event on Friday evening.
A 17-year-old girl was busy with preparations in a church building in Sampson Street when a friend arrived to help.
When she opened the security gate to let her in, the attacker pushed it wider open and ran inside.
He threatened both girls with a knife and then started raping one of the girls.
Van Rensburg said more people arrived shortly afterwards and the suspect ran off.
He stole the girls' cellphones and fled.
Reverend David van der Ventel, the church’s pastor, said their security arrangements were very good and this was the first time something like this had happened.
He said the suspect was not a member of the church, but had been standing about pretending to want water.