Fugitive bust in

2018-07-24 06:01

Grassy Park police arrested a 34-year-old man in Lotus River last week after he was found to be on the run.

According to Grassy Park police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith, the crime prevention unit followed up on information received on the whereabouts of a suspect.

The suspect had reportedly evaded arrest and was being sought for various cases in Grassy Park as well as other areas in Cape Town.

The suspect is linked to the murder of Herman Hendricks, who was a security guard at China Town in Ottery in November 2016, Kleinsmith adds.

“The suspect was found at his parents’ place in Lotus River, where he was hiding in a secret room and was subsequently arrested­.

“ The suspect’s father (59) was arrested on a charge of harbouring a fugitive. The 34-year-old suspect has been sought for various crimes related to hijacking, possession of illegal firearms and armed robbery,” says Kleinsmith.

Both suspects were detained and made their first appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on related charges.

Acting Grassy Park Police station commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Esau, says police will put their focus on crime which will be heavily dependent on police action and presence.

“Thanks to the officers for their hard work and dedication,” he says.

He further urges the community of Grassy Park to work with the police to apprehend criminals and to bring them to book, because fighting crime is a partnership between the community and the police.

“The reward system has proven to be fruitful. This system allows any adult member of the community to become proactively involved in the prevention of crime. Crime and criminals can be reported and a reward could be received by the reporter,” says Esau.

V Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 0217003940 or Crime Stop on 0860010111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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