Redcliffe house robber tries to burn down house

Redcliffe house robber tries to burn down house
House robbery in Redcliffe. Photo Reaction Unit SA.

A lone suspect who gained entry via a bedroom ceiling accosted a 22 year old female and attempted to burn down the house in a revenge attack a short while ago.

At approx 07:34 Reaction Unit South Africa received a call of a robbery in progress at a residence in Summit Drive, Redcliffe. Reaction Officers converged on the premises and found a 22-year female at the home. She then ran into a bedroom to call for assistance when the suspect broke the door and forced his way into the room. The woman informed Officers that she was unaware as to how the suspect entered the home and that he produced a 9mm pistol and assaulted her with the firearm. He then threatened to kill her.

The suspect then attempted to set the bed alight and informed the female that he intends burning down the house in a revenge attack. He further informed the victim that his reason behind his actions was that her father was a complainant in a housebreaking case on May 22nd, 2017 and his brother was arrested and in jail for the crime.

He then stole several electronic items from the home and placed it in a bag. The suspect fled when he noticed a neighbor approaching the home. He dropped the bag which was later recovered outside the home.

Members of Verulam SAPS and the Umhlali Dog Unit responded swiftly and together with Reaction Officers searched a vast bush in the Redcliffe area. No arrest was made.

The suspect is an African male, attired in a black jacket, dreadlocks hairstyle and is in possession of a 9mm pistol.

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