Five suspects aged between 16 and 30 were arrested this week following their association with five separate cases of rape, house robbery, possession of an imitation firearm, theft, and possession of a vehicle in Browns Farm and Nyanga.
On Thursday, two suspects aged 18 and 20 appeared in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court. The 18-year-old appears to hold an imitation firearm, which he was arrested on Tuesday in Empolweni Street in Browns Farm. The 20-year-old is appearing on armed robbery charges and control of a hijacked vehicle.
The members were on patrol when they busted the suspect in possession of three different cellular phones and a car. Through questioning, it was determined that one cellular phone belonged to an e-hailing driver who he and accomplices robbed in the same street in Browns Farm.
Two teenagers aged 16 and 17 and a 30-year-old suspect appeared in court on Wednesday. The 17-year-old appeared in Wynberg Magistrate Court, facing a charge of rape. The suspect was detained on Tuesday after he allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl early this month in Nyanga.
Simultaneously, the 16-year-old was detained after he and accomplices reportedly robbed three plasma televisions, money, and cellular phones in Cala Road in Nyanga. The complainant was sleeping when she heard a bang, and suddenly suspects budged inside the house demanding money and phones. The suspects also took three plasma television sets and fled. One plasma TV was found left in the neighboring yard.
The 30-year-old was arrested after they robbed the complainant in Browns Farm. The complainant sold meat on Facebook and had taken a call for an order from someone in Browns Farms. The complainant was surrounded by about eight unknown males waiting for the client who demanded money and a cellular phone.
Investigations pointed to the arrest of one suspect.