Applauded for fighting crime

A 17-year-old suspect linked to the weekend shootings in Parkwood was arrested on Wednesday.
A 17-year-old suspect linked to the weekend shootings in Parkwood was arrested on Wednesday.

Residents of Parkwood Estate have been lauded for their efforts in bringing a suspect to book last week.

Police in Grassy Park arrested a 17-year-old suspect in Willow Road after residents provided information to police of young people running around with guns in the area.

Grassy Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) spokesperson Philip Bam encourages residents to continue to collaborate with authorities to make their community a safer place.

“Now why they could arrest that one [suspect] is because the community came forward and pointed the police to where he was. What we are saying is that we want to encourage the community to keep on coming forward. They know where the people are and they must come forward and report. They know where the drugs are, they know where the guns are. If they don’t trust anyone at the police station, they can talk to the CPF and they know that. What this is proving is that if the community comes forward, we can start taking the guns off our streets,” says Bam.

Meanwhile, Grassy Park police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith, says police will continue to try and strengthen their relationship with residents­.

She confirms that officers from Grassy Park’s crime prevention unit followed up on a tip-off received via cellphone from a resident on Wednesday just before 18:00. The suspect is linked to the shootings in Parkwood over the weekend.

“Vigilant officers acted on information received of the whereabouts of the shooter and were informed that the suspect had a firearm in his possession and that he was in Willow Road. A description was given of the suspect and on arrival, the police saw the suspect and on searching the bag he had on his back, they found a 7.65 calibre firearm with serial number, nine rounds and one magazine, which were confiscated,” says Kleinsmith.

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested on two charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of an illegal firearm and possession of ammunition. “All possible linkages and information will be investigated by Grassy Park’s very own serious and violent crime unit,” adds Kleinsmith.

Acting station commander Lieutenant Colonel Christiaan Esau applauded his officers and the community of Parkwood.

“To alleviate serious crimes from happening it is best to remove the criminals from the community and to bring them to book. The reward system proves to be fruitful and helps community members to become proactively involved in the prevention of crime,” says Esau.

V Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 700 3940.

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