Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-07-06 06:00

Taxi ploughs into PUPILS: Verulam -

A 15-YEAR-OLD, Grade 8 pupil from Glenhaven Secondary School in Verulam is for fighting for his life in hospital after being run over and dragged for several metres by a minibus taxi on Monday, June 19.

At approximately 8am Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were called to Todd Street after a passing motorist reported a pedestrian and vehicle accident.

Upon arrival Reaction officers found that an overtaking taxi had run over two pupils crossing the road on the opposite lane. The taxi driver then abandoned Toyota HiAce and fled the scene on foot.

Paramedics stabilised the critically injured boy and transported him to Osindsweni Hospital.

He suffered a broken right leg, severe head injuries and a broken hip.

According to witnesses, the taxi attempted to overtake several vehicles when he knocked into a group of children crossing the road.

One pupil was thrown approximately 25 metres from the point of impact. A passing vehicle picked up one injured pupil and transported him to hospital privately.

No arrests have been made.

Elderly couple robbed: Verulam -

A 65-year-old man, his 62-year-old wife and their domestic worker were victims of a house robbery that lasted more than 40 minutes at their home in Hazelmere, Verulam on Monday, June 19.

At approximately 11.45am members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the home after receiving a call from a resident in the area reporting the incident. Upon arrival it was established that while conducting chores on the property the couple were approached by two men who enquired if there were any jobs available.

One suspect then drew a firearm and forced the couple into the home. The male victim and the domestic worker were told to lie on the floor.

While one suspect kept watch over them, his accomplice escorted the female victim to the bedroom where he conducted a thorough search for valuables which lasted more than 40 minutes.

The suspects took two cellphones, a 7” tablet and a bag containing an undisclosed amount of coins.

Prior to leaving the home, one suspect used a cloth to wipe his finger prints from furniture and appliances they had come into contact with. The suspects are believed to have got into a black VW Polo which was parked in the vicinity, however, this could not be confirmed.

The couple and their domestic worker were not injured.

Parolee arrested for theft: Verulam –

A 25-year-old man was arrested for theft by members of Reaction Unit South Africa on Inanda Road, Verulam on Monday, June 19.

Officers were called to a residence in Glenhaven Drive in Brindhaven after the homeowner discovered several metres of barb wire surrounding his property had been stolen.

The victim explained that it was the second time within a week that criminals had stolen his security fencing. Officers searched the area near the home and recovered the stolen barb wire. The theft was captured on CCTV.

A short while later the victim once again contacted Rusa claiming that the same suspect, who he identified from the security footage, was walking on Inanda Road.

Reaction officers patrolled the area and located the suspect. While being interviewed the Redcliffe resident admitted to the theft and claimed that the barb wire he had stolen last week, which was valued in excess of R400, was sold for R50 to an individual in the Verulam CBD. The profits from the theft were used to support his drug habit.

The suspect has been arrested by Rusa previously for crimes relating to theft. He served a two month sentence in Westville Prison towards the latter part of last year after he was apprehended for being in possession of heroin.

Child burnt with boiling water: Tongaat -

An 18-month-old baby boy was severely burnt after a pot of boiling water fell on him at his home in Magoveni, Tongaat on Tuesday, June 20.

A Member of Reaction Unit South Africa was flagged down by the child’s parents while on patrol in the area. The officer was informed that the couple had placed their bathing water on the stove to boil when the child ran towards the stove and overturned the pot causing the contents to fall onto him. He had suffered severe burns to most parts of his body.

The officers then contacted the Rusa Operations Centre for an ambulance, informed paramedics of his direction of travel and rushed the boy and his parents to the Tongaat Clinic.

The child remains in a critical condition.

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