PARKTOWN – On Thursday evening, 19 May 2022 members of SAPS Katlehong arrested two men, aged 30 and 37-years-old, and a 25-year-old woman in Moleleki for kidnapping, sexual assault, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The SAPS members were reportedly out on a routine Crime Prevention patrol when they noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle parked on the side of the road with four occupants.
The suspects attempted to flee on foot when the members approached their vehicle. Three suspects were apprehended of which one is a female suspect. One suspect managed to evade arrest and fled the scene.
Soon after a woman came out from the suspects’ vehicle screaming for assistance from the police, with her hands tied with cable ties; the victim indicated that she was kidnapped.
Further investigation revealed that the 29-year-old woman was kidnapped from Welkom in the Free State. The suspects allegedly drove with her vehicle to Katlehong. It is further alleged that on the way, one suspect sexually assaulted the victim.
Police recovered an unlicensed 9mm pistol with seven rounds of ammunition and arrested the three suspects. The firearm will be subjected to ballistic tests to determine whether it may be linked to other serious crime committed.
The suspects are expected to appear before the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court soon.