Resilient cyclist aids in criminal arrests

2016-01-10 22:06
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Durban – A resilient cyclist who was attacked by three men and punched in the ribs managed to flee his assailants, call the police and follow his attackers until authorities arrived.

In a statement, Free State police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thandi Mbambo said a 45-year-old man from Pentagon Park in Bloemfontein was cycling in Raymond Mhlaba Street on Sunday morning at 06:30 when three males approached him and "one punched him in the ribs".

"He managed to cycle away from them and called 10111.  He then followed the suspects from a distance until the police arrived, and then went to Navalsig Police Station to open a case of common assault.

"The Navalsig Vispol members chased the suspects to the quarry between Navalsig and Bayswater where they discovered two Sony flat screens, a music system, two laptops, a blanket and a towel."

According to Mbambo, on further investigation the items were linked to a recent house burglary in Bayswater.

"Whilst the police were busy searching the second suspect a fire arm revolver with 35 rounds was found in his possession and was linked to another burglary that occurred in December, 2015 in Bayswater.

"Three suspects were arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of suspected stolen properties. Later during the day the fourth suspect was arrested. All suspects aged between 18 and 29 will appear in Bloemfontein Magistrate court soon."

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