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Know him? He's wanted by Port Elizabeth police over a spate of robbery and housebreaking cases

Jan 25, 2018
Know him? He's wanted by Port Elizabeth police over a spate of robbery and housebreaking cases

Police in the Mount Road SAPS Cluster are urgently seeking the assistance of the public in tracing a wanted attempted robbery suspect, who has been positively linked through fingerprints to 13 other cases committed in the Bethelsdorp area of Port Elizabeth.

"All of these cases are housebreaking cases committed from 2015 to 2017," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"It is alleged that on 1 January 2015, the complainant in the attempted robbery case was walking in Govan Mbeki Avenue when he was approached by two unknown males.

"One of them asked the complainant for a cigarette and when the complainant replied that he didn’t have a cigarette, a firearm and knife was produced.

"The complainant managed to run away and stop a patrolling police vehicle.

"The suspects on seeing the police, started running."

Col Naidu said that one suspect was arrested inside a shopping mall and a toy gun and knife was found in his possession.

"Nataniel Stokes alias Boertjie (23 at the time) was arrested and appeared in court in January 2015.

"He was released on bail to appear again on 3 March 2015," she described.

"He failed to appear and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

"Police are  appealing to the community to assist them in tracing this suspect."

Col Naidu said that anyone with information on the suspect can contact Detective Captain Wilfred Rowan from the Cluster Operational Command Centre Tracing Team on 041 3947505 or 0827195305.

"Information may be provided voluntarily or anonymously."