Reaction Unit SA crime report
MURDER VICTIM FOUND IN RIVER: OAKFORD
The bloodied body of an unidentified male was recovered in Oakford last Wednesday morning.
Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) received a call from a resident in the area reporting that a body could be seen floating in a river leading to Hazelmere Dam.
Reaction officers and paramedics were dispatched to the vicinity of Oakford Priory and St Xavier’s School. Upon arrival officers found the Verulam SAPS in attendance.
The victim’s hands and legs were bound with a green and white ski-rope and was lying face down in the water.
A pair of blue and white sandals were found next to a pool of blood on the river bank. The victim suffered open wounds to his face and head. The man has not been identified.
HIJACKED VEHICLE RECOVERED: NDWEDWE
A Toyota Etios that was hijacked in the Verulam CBD recently was recovered by members of Rusa last Wednesday.
The vehicle was fitted with a tracking device from Tracker and was emitting signals in the Ndwedwe area. Rusa head Vinod Balram and reaction officer Reubendra Reddy went in search of the vehicle and honed in on the signal in a remote part of Ndwedwe.
The vehicle was found down an embankment.
The suspects allegedly lost control of the Toyota Etios after they failed to negotiate a bend on an unpaved road.
The vehicle was handed over to police for further investigation.
SIX INJURED IN COLLISION: R102 VERULAM
Six people were injured following a collision on the south-bound lane of the R102 between the Ottawa and Verulam intersection last Friday.
Members of Rusa were called out to the scene by a passing motorist. Upon arrival it was established that while travelling in the right lane a VW Transporter experienced a puncture.
The driver attempted to pull off to the side and knocked into the side of a Toyota Quantum taxi that was travelling in the left lane.
The taxi swerved and crashed into the metal barrier separating the north and south-bound lanes.
Six occupants of the taxi were injured in the accident and were transported to Umhlanga and Osindisweni hospitals by ambulance.
TWO INJURED IN HEAD-ON
Two people were injured following a head-on collision on Umdloti Beach Road near Waterloo on July 21.
Members of Rusa were called out to the scene by passing motorists and pedestrians requesting assistance for the injured. Upon arrival a Toyota Yaris was found to have collided into a Toyota Hiace taxi.
According to the driver of the Toyota Yaris, he was travelling from Verulam towards Waterloo when he allegedly attempted to avoid a child who was crossing the road.
He veered into the oncoming lane and collided head-on into the taxi which did not have any passengers at the time.
The driver of the taxi and a passenger in the Toyota Yaris sustained moderate injuries and had to be transported to Osindisweni Hospital by ambulance.
FARMER’S PAINTBALL GUN
ATTEMPTED ARREST: UPPER TONGAAT
A Tongaat man who attempted to arrest four suspects on his farm was overpowered when the men realised that the firearm in the farmer’s possession was a paintball gun.
At approximately 11:03 am this past Monday Rusa was called out to the farm after a call for assistance was received from the area.
Reaction officers were initially informed that the suspects were armed and the Rusa helicopter was despatched to provide air support.
It was later established that the farmer had approached four suspects who were stealing Telkom poles from a business adjacent to the farm.
The suspects were noticed fleeing towards their white Nissan Hardbody and were intercepted by the farmer who drew a firearm and forced them to the ground.
The suspects then attacked the farmer and deprived him of his weapon.
One suspect then pointed the firearm and attempted to shoot the farmer several times.
They then abandoned the firearm when they realised that it was a paintball gun.
Three suspect were arrested a short while later in possession of stolen goods. A fourth suspect managed to escape.