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Walmer Police Station escapee re-arrested in Aliwal North, linked to murder of elderly PE woman

Oct 4, 2018
Walmer Police Station escapee re-arrested in Aliwal North, linked to murder of elderly PE woman

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile has applauded the Cluster Detective Trio Task Team, who worked around the clock to re-arrest a dangerous suspect, who escaped from police custody at the Walmer Police Station on Friday last week.

"It is alleged that at about 12:00, two suspicious men were taken in for questioning and profiling by Walmer police after they were found in the Charlo area (Adam Road)," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The men could not account for their presence as this area is a hotspot area for housebreakings.

"They  were brought to the police station for further profiling.

"While the detective officer was busy verifying the fingerprints of one of the suspects, he jumped through the open window and ran away." 

Col Naidu said that Detectives worked assiduously following up on any information received about the possible whereabouts of the suspect.

Suspect linked to the murder and robbery of an elderly Kamma Park woman, Ann Smit

"On Wednesday, at about 14:00, a breakthrough was made and the suspect was arrested in the CBD in Aliwal North with the assistance of Aliwal North Operation Command Centre," she added.

"After the information on his whereabouts was received, it was immediately followed up on and the arrest was effected.

"The suspect has been positively linked to the murder and robbery of an elderly woman, Ann Smit, which took place May 2018 in Kamma Park, Port Elizabeth."

Smit was bludgeoned with a hammer in her Kamma Park home and died about a month later in hospital due to her injuries.

"The same suspect is also linked to seven cases of housebreakings allegedly committed in the Kabega Park, Walmer and Mount Road areas."

Col Naidu said that the suspect was linked to the crimes through forensic evidence.

"He is expected to appear in court soon on all the cases including escaping from lawful custody."

Maj Gen Patekile expressed his appreciation to all those involved in tracking down and arresting the suspect.  

“It is important for police to work in close collaboration with their colleagues across the Provinces in order to root out many dangerous criminal elements who move from one place to another.

"I congratulate these teams for a job well done, we need to snuff criminals out of our communities.  We are tasked by our Constitution  to serve and protect all people within our communities and this arrest must serve as a warning to all criminals that the SAPS will find you wherever you may run," added Maj Gen Patekile.

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