Alleged serial rapist in Waterloo

2016-02-18 06:00

VERULAM SAPS are warning women to be cautious after a suspected serial rapist dressed as a security officer forced two men and women to have sex at gunpoint before raping one of the women.

Police have confirmed several incidents occurred with a similar modus operandi around the Waterloo area last year.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Lieutenant Mark Prakasim said the two men and women were walking in Waterloo at night when the incident occurred.

“While they were walking they saw a tall man dressed in a security officer’s uniform on the road,” said Prakasim. “He had a silver firearm and ordered them to remove the sim cards from their phones and place the phones on the [ground].”

Prakasim said the suspect then ordered the men to each have sex with the women.

“They were scared of being shot so they listened to him and pretended to have sex. This only angered him and made him aggressive towards them and he pushed one of the men away and told him to kneel down beside him,” said Prakasim.

The suspect then raped the woman while making the others watch.

“He then ordered them to run and drove off in a bakkie,” said Prakasim.

Prakasim said around five similar incidents of rape were reported last year where a man dressed as a security officer would stop men and women who were walking together and order them to have sex at gun point before raping the women.

“In one of the cases a man dressed as a security officer stopped a couple and ordered them to have sex in front of him, afterwards he [said] that the man didn’t do a good job and he [then] raped the woman,” said Prakasim.

Police have yet to get a description of the uniform being worn by the suspect or confirm the company he may be working for.

“We are urging women and men to be aware of this suspect and to be cautious at night when he is operating in this area. If anyone sees someone suspicious who they believe could be this suspect we are urging them to contact us,” said Prakasim.

The suspect was seen driving away from the latest attack in a white Nissan Bakkie with registration NP33774.

Prakasim urged residents to contact the SAPS with any information on 0325415255.

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