Reaction Unit SA crime report

2018-02-01 06:01

SUSPECTS ARRESTED / VEHICLE RECOVERED: VERULAM

Two suspects were arrested and a BMW was recovered following a high speed chase which started at the Palmview Intersection and ended in Verulam last Thursday.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa received a call for assistance after Officers from the Durban Flying Squad attempted to stop the vehicle which sped off. During the chase the suspects fired at pursuing Officers. The chase ended in Clover Lane in Mountview after the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled into a dense bush.

Upon inspection of the vehicle several house break-in implements as well as computer boxes belonging to different models of vehicles were recovered. The vehicle also had false number plates stuck over the original ones.

Reaction officers, the Verulam SAPS, Metro Police and several private security companies joined in the search for the suspects who fled through the bush, crossed Inanda Road and sought refuge in the Brindhaven area.

The RUSA Robinson R44 helicopter took off and assisted Officers on the ground in the search.

One suspect was spotted jumping over a boundary wall on Geranium Road. Reaction officers and police entered the property and arrested the suspect. He was found in possession of a knife. A second suspect was arrested by the Verulam SAPS. Two suspects still remain at large. The suspects are believed to be part of a syndicate involved in theft of motor vehicles and house break-ins.

Both suspects are currently detained at the Verulam SAPS.

TYRES SET ALIGHT TO KILL SNAKE: VERULAM

ABOUT 200 truck tyres that were stored at the Drift Graveyard near the Verulam Steel Bridge were set alight by a member of public who attempted to kill a snake on Friday.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa responded to the scene after receiving multiple calls from the public reporting the blaze. Upon arrival it was established that a member of public noticed a snake among the scrap tyres. In an attempt to kill the snake the youngster set a stack of tyres alight. The fire spread rapidly resulting in thick black smoke emanating from the property. Fire Fighters from the eThekwini Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze.

It could not be established if the snake was killed in the fire.

HIJACKING SUSPECT DENIES ALLEGATION: VERULAM

At approximately 2am on Saturday members of Rusa were called out to Kissoon Road in Ottawa – Verulam after receiving reports of multiple gun shots being fired.

Several reaction officers were dispatched to the call and upon arrival met with an off duty policeman who claimed that a suspect had attempted to hijack him off his vehicle as he exited a bar on Old Main Road in Ottawa. The SAPS official claimed that the suspect was an Indian male and he was in possession of a firearm. He further alleged that during the chase the suspect drew the firearm and fired shots in his direction. The policeman then returned fire with his state issued firearm however the suspect managed to evade arrest.

While on patrol in the search of the suspect reaction officers were flagged down by a group of individuals who claimed to be friends of the suspects. They explained that their friend was not armed. They alleged that an argument broke out between the policeman and their friend when the officer drew his firearm and chased him in the direction of Kissoon Road. Reaction officers managed to tracked their friend to his home on Ramnanan Road.

The 21 year old suffered minor injuries after he was allegedly grazed by three bullets on his elbow, hip and stomach. He confirmed his friend’s version of events and stated that he fled after he feared that the intoxicated policeman was going to kill him. He was transported to hospital privately for medical attention. Rusa members proceeded back to the scene however the off duty policeman had already left.

The Verulam SAPS were called to the scene and are investigating further.

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