Excellent collaboration between a private security company, neighbourhood watch and police resulted in the speedy arrest of an alleged rape suspect on the N2 freeway on 20 July 2020.
It is alleged that at about 06:50, an 18-year-old teenager was standing in Seaview Road in Chelsea waiting for her transport when she was approached by an unknown male. The suspect requested that the teenager walk with him and when she refused, he grabbed her by the arm and took her into the nearby bushes where he allegedly raped her. The suspect also took her cellphone and left.
The victim managed to go home and report the incident. The private security company immediately patrolled the vicinity in search of the suspect. The suspect (29) was found on the N2 freeway near Baywest. The stolen cellphone was found in his possession. He was arrested and detained on a charge of rape and robbery.
He is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 22 July 2020.
The Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile commended the efforts of the security company and the Neighbourhood Watch who mobilised immediately in search of the suspect.
‘Partnership between the police and the public must be supported and strengthened by all members of the community. It is through this active partnership that we will be able to work together to reduce and combat crime within the communities we serve,’ added Maj Gen Patekile.
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