Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-10-12 06:00


A MAN was arrested by officers on Saturday, September 23, after he robbed a resident of Riyadh, Verulam of his cellphone.

The victim contacted Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) and explained that the man had approached him at his home on Gulshan Drive in Riyadh on Thursday. The man claimed that he was a beggar and requested a glass of water. After drinking the water the victim handed him a can of baked beans when he left.

On Friday, September 22, the victim met the beggar in Temple Valley. The two began talking and walked to the Verulam CBD together. At one point the suspect asked to use the victim’s cellphone to send his mother a message. The suspect ran off with the cellphone shortly after it was handed over to him. The victim provided Reaction officers with the suspect’s name and a description of him.

The suspect was known to officers as a drug user who resides at a block of flats in the Verulam CBD. On Saturday (September 23) a team of Reaction officers observed the flat and apprehended the suspect as soon as he arrived at his residence.

The man admitted to the theft and claimed that shortly after he had stolen the phone he was robbed of it by an unknown person.

He was arrested and handed over to authorities for further investigation.


Members of Rusa were called out to Starr Street in Verulam after receiving reports of a motor vehicle accident on Monday, September 25.

Upon arrival a BMW 3.25i was found to have crashed into a stationary trailer. Witnesses reported that the driver was doing wheel spins outside the Verulam Recreational Grounds when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the trailer.

The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene, but was apprehended by members of the SAPS a short while later.

The vehicle was extensively damaged.


A resident of Katskop Drive in Mountview, Verulam contacted Rusa on Saturday, September 23, requesting assistance in removing a snake from her kitchen.

Reaction officer Kennie Govender was dispatched to the residence and upon arrival identified the snake as a Natal Verigated Bush snake. The officer removed the non-venomous snake, which was approximately half a metre in length, from the residence and released into its natural environment away from homes.

Reaction officers responded to several homes in recent weeks after residents requested assistance in the removal of snakes which were both venomous and non-venomous


A suspect was arrested by members of Rusa after he robbed a woman of her cellphone at the Verulam Train Station in the Verulam CBD on Saturday, September 29.

A Rusa officer was on patrol in Temple Valley when he noticed the suspect being pursued by the victim and two of her friends along the railway line. The officer assisted the victim and apprehended the suspect on Iron Street.

The victim informed the officer that as she was about to board a train from Verulam to KwaMashu when the suspect grabbed her cellphone and fled.

Upon searching the suspect a Summit cellphone belonging to the victim was found in his possession. The suspect claimed to be 17 years old even though he looked much older.

The suspect sustained facial injuries after he attacked a Reaction officer in an attempt to flee while being escorted to vehicle for transportation.


A 10-year-old girl suffered moderate injuries after she was run over on Church Street in Tongaat on Saturday, September 30.

Members of Rusa were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from a member of public reporting the incident. Upon arrival it was established that the unaccompanied child was crossing the road when she was run over by a Hyundai I10. Paramedics treated the pedestrian on scene before transporting her to a medical facility.

The driver of the Hyundai I10 was not injured.


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