Man arrested after evading police

2018-11-27 06:00
Detective Warrant Officer Gregory Grey (seated) is flanked by Detective Captain Ricardo Hartman and Colonel Shawn van Wyk.PHOTO: samantha Lee

Detective Warrant Officer Gregory Grey (seated) is flanked by Detective Captain Ricardo Hartman and Colonel Shawn van Wyk.PHOTO: samantha Lee

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Lansdowne police have warned residents against enticing would-be robbers by putting their valuables on display.

Station management confirmed to People’s Post that there has been an increase in robberies at transport interchanges, including train stations and bus stops.

“Robberies with weapons are common but not all robberies happen on transport routes. People here are targeted but you can prevent it from happening by not using your valuables when you are feeling uncomfortable. Moving into the festive season, we are offering residents this safety tip: Don’t expose your valuable property such as cellphones and jewellery when you are at the station or outside,” said Lansdowne Police Station commander, Colonel Shawn van Wyk.

He further warned criminals that the long arm of the law would catch up to them.

Van Wyk alluded to a recent case in which a 38-year-old man who had successfully evaded police custody for almost two years, was caught and sentenced last month.

“We welcome the sentencing of the man who committed the robbery at the railway station. Robberies are a challenge in the area and these harsh sentences must be a deterrent for future robbers to stop crime or prison may be their next address,” said van Wyk.

“We want to commend the officers on a job well done and thank the community for their involvement and assistance. We want to encourage them to continue to trust in us to do the work.”

Damain Mathews from Manenberg was sentenced to 12 years behind bars after committing an armed robbery inside a train using an imitation firearm.

The incident occurred on 3 June 2016 at the Crawford railway station.

According to the railway police officers, passengers were screaming and they went to investigate and saw the man running. They then chased the suspect who pointed a “firearm” at the police officer.

With the assistance of Law Enforcement officers, the accused was arrested in Kromboom Street. The officers searched him and found three cellphones and a toy gun.

The suspect was charged with armed robbery and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, but after being released on bail he failed to return to court.

A warrant for his arrest was then issued and in April this year, he was arrested in Manenberg by officers of the Lansdowne tracing team.

Detective Warrant Officer Gregory Grey and Detective Sergeant Daniel Tiwane, under the leadership of tracing team head, Detective Captain Ricardo Hartman, were responsible for the arrest.

While it was a toy gun, van Wyk explained that the circumstances surrounding the use of the toy gun add to the severity of the case.

“A toy gun is not illegal, but if you use it in the wrong way to demand property or threaten someone, it is considered a dangerous weapon and that is why it is so harsh,” said Van Wyk.

He further thanked the officers of the tracing team.

“We have an excellent tracing team who tracked down the suspect and arrested him. He was taken to court where we opposed bail and we successfully opposed bail,” said van Wyk.

The suspect was remanded in custody until he was sentenced on Thursday 25
October.

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