Pretoria man goes on a crime spree

2011-11-01 07:14

A man has gone on a crime spree in Pretoria, first stealing firearms, then stabbing a man to death in a flower shop, then abducting and raping a woman at a church.

He was tracked down by the police and hospitalised after being shot in the head, according to Beeld newspaper.

The 21-year-old man broke into a house in Retief Street in Lyttelton yesterday morning where he stole a hunting rifle and revolver.

From there he went to a Pretoria flower shop, where he stabbed a man, Peter Ntona-Maleka (54), to death.

Police followed his blood trail to a nearby church. There, he allegedly raped a woman and held her hostage, but when the police arrived at the scene, she managed to escape, police spokesperson Warrant Officer Annabel Middelton told Beeld.

Shots were fired and the man was hit in the hand and head.

He is currently under police guard in hospital.

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