Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-04-27 06:01

Woman bitten during hijacking - Verulam
A 21-year-old woman was bitten by a suspect during a hijacking attempt in the Verulam CBD on Saturday, April 8.

At approximately 6.30pm Reaction Unit South Africa received multiple calls of a hijacking in progress at the Ireland and Todd Street intersection in Verulam.

Upon arrival officers found a female in a white VW Polo that had crashed into a traffic light. Paramedics treated the female for facial injuries and a bite to her hand.

According to the woman, she was stopped at a red traffic light on Todd Street when an unknown male entered her car through an open window. The woman then drove off and the suspect bit her in an attempt to force her to stop the car. The vehicle then slammed into a traffic light and the suspect was flung out. He then got up and fled into a bush along the R102.

Reaction officers searched for the man at the scene.
Driver injured in collision - Verulam

The driver of a white Toyota Yaris is in critical condition after he collided into a white Land Rover at the BP/R102 robots in Verulam on Saturday, April 8.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa responded to a call of a collision with entrapment at around 10.20pm. Upon arrival paramedics found that a male driver had been removed by passing motorists after they found him trapped in his car.

Paramedics from two private services assisted in stabilising the seriously injured man before transporting him to hospital.

Several passengers suffered minor injuries.
Security officer shot - Verulam

A 35-year-old security officer from a Phoenix security company was shot while seated in his patrol vehicle on Robin Street in Dawncrest, Verulam on Monday, April 10.

At 7.57pm members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of a shooting in progress.
Upon arrival it was established that while seated in his patrol vehicle the security officer was approached by two suspects. One suspect drew a firearm and pointed it at the security officer.
A scuffle broke out and while attempting to wrestle the firearm out of the suspect’s hand a single shot was fired from the .45 calibre pistol which struck the security officer in his bullet proof vest.

Both suspects then fled the scene empty handed in a new model Toyota Hilux bakkie. The security officer was treated on scene for moderate injuries before being transported to hospital in a stable condition. The motive for the shooting has not been established at this stage, however, it is alleged that the officer was targeted for his firearm.

Rusa management has placed reaction officers on high alert following the incident. Officers were instructed to use their bullet proof vests and are encouraged to use their company issued firearms if their lives are in danger.
“Prostitute” alleges rape - Verulam

At approximately 8.30pm on April 10, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to a block of flats on Ireland Street in the Verulam CBD after receiving reports of a rape.

Upon arrival a 26-year-old female claimed that while begging with her five-year-old daughter she was approached by a man who informed her that he lived nearby and would assist with a meal for her child. She was asked to follow him home and upon arrival she alleged that he took her to a communal toilet where he forced her to perform oral sex on him while her daughter stood outside.

When reaction officers interviewed the intoxicated suspect he claimed that the woman was a known prostitute and was willing to pay her R50 for her services, however, due to him not being happy with the service provided he refused to pay her.
The woman then ran out of the toilet, grabbed her child and started screaming that she had been raped in an attempt to get her client to pay her.

The 32-year-old suspect had previously been arrested by reaction officers for theft and has a suspended sentence for rape.
Newborn dumped in bin - Verulam

A healthy baby boy was dumped in a bin by his mother shortly after being born at her place of work in Temple Valley - Verulam on Tuesday, April 11.

At approximately 1.15pm members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the factory after receiving calls from staff reporting the incident.
Upon arrival it was established that the 24-year-old Ndwedwe resident delivered the child on her own in the staff toilet. She then dumped the baby and the afterbirth in a bin.

When the woman's supervisor realised she was not at her work station she went to the toilets and found the Ndwedwe resident having a shower. Traces of blood was found on the floor which led the supervisor to the bin. When she opened it she found the baby covered in used sanitary pads.

The mother claimed she unaware of her pregnancy and was shocked when she went into labour. After delivering the baby she assumed the child was dead and decided to get rid of his body without telling anyone.

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