Kidnap victim rescued

Quick action from the City’s Metro Police and a tip-off from the public led to the rescue of a kidnapping victim and the arrest of three suspects on Sunday September 4.

After receiving information on the whereabouts of a kidnapping victim, apparently being held for an R800 000 ransom since Friday September 2, Metro Police officers managed to arrest the suspects and confiscate one replica firearm used in the kidnapping in Surrey Estate.

The victim was found shackled and highly traumatised.

In other operations by Metro Police, on Tuesday September 6, officers in Athlone received a report of a robbery in which the victim’s phone was stolen. The phone was traced to Bokmakierie and the victim managed to positively identify the suspect, who was then arrested.

The phone was also recovered.

The previous day (Monday September 5), Metro Police officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team, attended to a complaint at Kannabas Close in Kewtown, Athlone. They saw a group of young men smoking behind the flats. Upon investigation, a 32-year-old suspect was found in possession of 36 dagga stoppe and one plastic bag of dagga.

He was arrested and charged with possession of dagga.

Meanwhile, officers in the Hanover Park, Delft and Nyanga areas arrested four suspects between the ages of 18 and 29 for illegal drug possession during a stop-and-search operation.

Confiscated items included five tik straws, one dagga “stop”, half a mandrax tablet, and one crushed mandrax tablet wrapped in a R10 note.