Es­cape bid ends in Zoo Lake drown­ing

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASEGO PANYANE

A 23-YEAR-OLD house­break­ing sus­pect drowned in Joburg’s Zoo Lake af­ter man­ag­ing to es­cape from Parkview po­lice sta­tion yes­ter­day.

The man had been nabbed yes­ter­day at about 4am on sus­pi­cion of robbery and theft and taken to the po­lice sta­tion.

He ap­par­ently broke free from the se­cu­rity guards who had brought him and an­other sus­pect to the po­lice sta­tion and es­caped.

A po­lice of­fi­cer who gave chase fell and in­jured him­self.

But with other po­lice of­fi­cers hot on his heels, the man al­legedly jumped into Zoo Lake, where he sub­se­quently drowned.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Richard Mun­yai, two men were in­volved in a house­break­ing in Green­side.

Mun­yai said the men were found with the bat­ter­ies from the prop­erty’s re­mote-con­trolled gate.

“They had man­aged to open the gate. It’s un­clear if they in­tended to just steal the bat­ter­ies or if they were head­ing into the house,” Mun­yai said.

The sus­pects were ap­pre­hended by se­cu­rity guards and brought to the po­lice sta­tion, where one of them es­caped and the chase en­sued.

“The of­fi­cer who was in­jured in pur­suit sus­tained mi­nor in­juries on his right hand and leg,” Mun­yai said.

Po­lice said the in­hab­i­tants of the home were not in­jured in the at­tempted break-in.

The other sus­pect re­mained in cus­tody and the death of the sus­pect would be re­ferred to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Mun­yai said.

Jo­han­nes­burg City Parks and Zoo spokesper­son Jenny Mood­ley said they were aware of the drown­ing and were let­ting the po­lice deal with the mat­ter.

Mood­ley also warned about par­tic­i­pat­ing in cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties in the lake.

“We would like to ad­vise users that the lake af­ter de-silt­ing (when de­bris and sand are car­ried by mov­ing or run­ning wa­ter and de­posited as a sed­i­ment) can be dan­ger­ous. Swim­ming or fish­ing is il­le­gal and can prove fa­tal,” she added.

The sus­pect’s name can­not be re­vealed un­til his fam­ily have been no­ti­fied of his death.

LURK­ING DAN­GER: A cou­ple re­lax as they row around Zoo Lake re­cently. A sus­pect try­ing to es­cape po­lice drowned in the lake yes­ter­day.

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