Can’t hide forever

2017-05-09 10:01
Warrant Officer Calvin Mokwa found a suspect who had been evading arrest for 21 years.

Warrant Officer Calvin Mokwa found a suspect who had been evading arrest for 21 years.

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Police in Grassy Park are proving that the long arm of the law will catch up with you, even after 21 years.

When police responded to an incident of domestic violence last week they did not know that their investigation would lead to the arrest of a suspect who has been on the run for the past 21 years.

It was that long ago when Edmund Henry reported his car stolen in Mitchell’s Plain. The theft suspect just disappeared.
Grassy Park police spokesperson Constable Lubabalo Balintulo explains that police responded to a case of domestic violence in Eagle Park.

“Warrant Officer Calvin Mokwa started the investigation against Nizaam Wasserfal (42) and eventually tracked him down and arrested him,” he says.

“During this investigation he found that the ID number did not match and that’s when the search for his true identity started.

“The suspect’s girlfriend then came to us and told us that he had a death certificate for a Kino Johnson – that was the ID number that he gave us.

“Further investigation revealed that Kino Johnson was wanted for stealing a car in Mitchell’s Plain in 1996 and he stayed in Eastridge at that time.

“There is still a warrant out for his arrest on this charge so he will still have to face these charges.”

Balintulo suspects that Johnson lived under assumed names for a long time and evaded arrest by producing the fake death certificate that looks genuine and appears to be issued by the department of home affairs.

“His biggest problem is that the police did not stop their search for him, even after 21 years.

“Now there are more charges that he is facing, including murder, theft of a car, absconding, possession of illegal ammunition, fraud for presenting false documents, reckless and negligent driving as well as domestic violence.

“There has to be praise for the investigating officer who worked tirelessly to uncover his true identity.”

Colonel Shawn van Wyk, commander of Grassy Park Police Station, has praised his officers for their tireless work and says the public should know that police take all their cases seriously.

“Criminals must take note that you can’t hide from us by just changing your name,” he says.

“This arrest proves that we will go that extra mile if needed to solve crimes. It does not matter when you did it, we will find you.

“Johnson made the mistake of thinking that his true identity would never be uncovered, but that was his biggest mistake and he will answer for all his crimes.”

During crime prevention operations in Pelican Park last week alert officers arrested a man for possession of an illegal gun.
On Tuesday 2 May officers spotted the 35-year-old man on the street trying to evade them.
When they stopped him he was searched and they found the unlicenced gun in his possession.

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