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Port Elizabeth police nab triple murder and attempted murder suspect

Nov 19, 2018
Port Elizabeth police nab triple murder and attempted murder suspect

Relentless efforts by police officers in tracking down a suspect that was allegedly involved in a triple murder and the attempted murder of four people in a house in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth, bore fruits when the suspect was arrested by members of the Bethelsdorp Task Team over the weekend.

"It is alleged that on Friday, 2 November, at about 21:20, three people were killed and four other persons injured when two unknown suspects kicked opened the door at a house in Capulet Street in Booysen’s Park and entered," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The suspects were armed and approached a 26-year-old victim and pulled a gold chain from around his neck. Two cellphones were also taken.

"It is further alleged that the suspects then started shooting at the occupants inside the house."

Deacon Van Rooyen (aged 16) and Ruaan Willemse (aged 8) were fatally wounded while Chadwin Calvert (aged 17) passed away in hospital on the 3rd of November.

"Four other victims also sustained gunshot wounds. All the injured were admitted in hospital," Col Naidu said.

"The Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit (PE) investigated cases of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

"During investigations, the 34-year-old suspect was sought by police."

She said that the Bethelsdorp Task Team members were informed to assist in tracing the suspect.

"Over the weekend, several houses were searched, however on Sunday, while still searching for the suspect, they noticed a suspicious green Golf in Booysens Park and they stopped the vehicle," Col Naidu said.

"The wanted suspect was found in the vehicle. The members also arrested another suspect (20 years) that was wanted for two other cases (Murder and Attempted Murder in July 2018 and Murder in September 2018 committed in the Bethelsdorp area). Both suspects were arrested and detained."

She said that the suspects affiliated to the Satan gang and will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Ntshinga, welcomed the arrest of the suspects.

"Criminals must know that it is only a matter of time when they can enjoy their short term freedom because we will come after them. Committing such callous and senseless attacks on law abiding citizens will not be tolerated.

"We have been working around the clock in an effort to make a breakthrough in this case and with the assistance of our partners, the National Prosecuting Authority, we will make sure that these criminals are removed from society for a long time," added Lt Gen Ntshinga.

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