Couples warned to avoid secluded spots



October 11, 2016
Couples warned to avoid secluded spots

CREDIT: Mike Hutchings / REUTERS

Three held for beachfront reign of terror.

After nearly a 20-day crime spree, cops have brought the suspected ‘beachfront terrorists’ to book.

Three suspects were arrested over the past weekend in connection with a string of carjackings, robberies and rapes at Cape Town beachfronts, Western Cape police said on Monday.

In a statement, the police said the suspects allegedly targeted couples parking at secluded spots in the Strand, Gordon’s Bay, Macassar and Somerset West areas between 3 and 22 September.

“The SAPS [South African Police Service] would like to issue a warning to couples not to use secluded and isolated spots to park their vehicles in the evening. We also call upon more victims of similar crimes in these areas to report these incidents,” said police spokesman FC van Wyk.

“It is alleged that three gun wielding men between the ages of 20 and 30 confronted complainants who were sitting in their vehicles on beachfronts in the Strand, Gordon’s Bay and Macassar areas.

“The SAPS are currently investigating six reported cases of rape, hijacking and attempted murder.”

Two suspects, aged 20 and 24, were arrested following an “intensive intelligence-led investigation” by members of the police’s Khayelitsha cluster, said van Wyk.

A third suspect was arrested on Sunday night.

The three were expected to appear in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

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