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Two women raped—community called upon to help locate suspects

Two women raped—community called upon to help locate suspects
"The suspect is approximately 40 to 45 years of age, dark in complexion and 1.60m-1.65m in height. He is slender in build and tattoos on the left arm inner front."

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On 12 January 2021, a woman sought solace in her faith and went to pray under the old Iscor Bridge, situated in the Industrial area. Upon finishing her prayers and opening her eyes, the woman was met by an armed man with a knife.

He proceeded to grab the woman, forcing her into a nearby car and then robbing her. However, this was not enough for the fiend as he then pressured the woman into calling her boyfriend, demanding he deposits cash into a Pep account. While waiting for the money to reflect, the perpetrator decided to rape her.

After receiving a notification that the boyfriend had deposited the money, the suspect fled the scene. The woman immediately opened a case which was handed over to the Newcastle Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit.

While investigations are underway, the FCS Unit is appealing to the community to assist them in locating the perpetrator. The suspect is approximately 40 to 45 years of age, dark in complexion and 1.60m-1.65m in height. He is slender in build and tattoos on the left arm inner front.

Anyone who can assist the police with the investigation can contact Detective Constable JC De Bruin on 065 340 5662 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

In a separate incident, on 14 January 2021, a woman decided to visit her boyfriend. At approximately 9.30 pm—while making her way to his residence, she was approached by a man near the Iscor Flats, Newcastle Central. The man forced her into a nearby open field intending to rape her.

However, due to an influx of activity, the suspect was unable to assault the woman. Undaunted by this, he then forced her to walk with him to the flats, where he found a quiet spot and proceeded to rape her twice.

The FCS Unit is currently investigating this case, and anyone who can assist the police with the investigation can contact Detective Constable JC De Bruin on 065 340 5662 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Please do not remain silent, as a community we need to stand together to weed out these criminals.

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