Cops on the hunt for three rape sus­pects


THE KIMBERLEY po­lice have called for the as­sis­tance of com­mu­nity mem­bers in the search for three sus­pects who are wanted in con­nec­tion with a num­ber of un­re­lated rape cases in the city.

Mem­bers of the Frances Baard Clus­ter Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences (FCS) unit are look­ing for three men who have been ac­cused of rape in Kimberley and Galeshewe.

In the first case, a man, be­lieved to be in his twen­ties, is be­ing sought in con­nec­tion with a rape com­mit­ted on July 13 this year.

“At about 11pm near Lang­bome on the R31, a 26-year-old woman was at­tacked while with her boyfriend. They were sit­ting in a white Opel Corsa hatch­back when an un­known man ap­proached their car and pelted it with stones, re­moved her boyfriend from the car and locked him in the boot.

“He then took the woman out the car and raped her. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, the sus­pect robbed them of their be­long­ings, which in­cluded an undis­closed amount of money, cell­phones and a car ra­dio sys­tem,” po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Ole­bo­geng Tawana, said yes­ter­day.

Dur­ing the se­cond in­ci­dent, a 25-year old woman was at­tacked by an un­known man, who hit her with an un­known ob­ject over the head on May 6 2018.

“The vic­tim was walk­ing alone from a lo­cal tav­ern in Green­point, Kimberley, when she was hit on the head. She fainted and when she woke up later she was half naked and at the Green­point ceme­tery. She no­ticed a man stand­ing next to her and he de­manded her cell­phone PIN code. The sus­pect as­saulted her un­til she dis­closed the code. The sus­pect un­pinned her cell­phone and ran away,” Tawana said.

The third in­ci­dent oc­curred on Au­gust 19 at around 1am.

“Ac­cord­ing to a 22-year-old woman she was vis­ited by a man, whom she met through Face­book. On the same day that they met, the woman drove with the man to a se­cluded area. An un­known man ap­proached their ve­hi­cle, forced the Face­book friend into the back seat of the car and tied his hands and feet.

“The sus­pect then forced the woman into the boot of the car and raped her.

“The sus­pect robbed them of their cell­phones and an undis­closed amount in cash.

“The sus­pect drove them to Chris­tiana in the North West where he dropped them off.

“The two hitched a lift with a truck driver from Chris­tiana to Kimberley and the Face­book friend dis­ap­peared af­ter their ar­rival in the city,” Tawana said.

Tawana re­quested any per­son with in­for­ma­tion that can as­sist po­lice with these cases to con­tact the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers – De­tec­tive Sergeant At­tie Brow­ers on 067 022 5141 and De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Juanita Lekay on 082 290 0069.

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