Murder suspect arrested

Ocean View police arrested a man, 24, on Sunday January 27 after a 39-year old man was found shot dead.

Police spokesman, Sergeant Leon Fortuin said the man had been shot in the neck and was found in Leo Road in Ocean View. He said the
suspect was charged with murder and appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday January 29.

On Friday January 25, a man running on the catwalk was threatened with a knife and robbed of his cellphone.

Muizenberg police spokesman, Captain Stephen Knapp, said the man had been approached by an unknown man and woman who started asking him random questions.

He continued running and shortly afterwards he
was approached by two men, one with a knife who demanded his cellphone.

The suspects made off with the cellphone and the man reported the incident to Muizenberg SAPS.

Police followed up on the description provided by the victim and all four suspects were arrested. His cellphone as well as the knife used in the robbery was found in their possession.

The suspects, aged 19, 26, 29 and 36, are residents of Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Military Heights and were charged with robbery.

They appeared in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday January 28.

Lieutenant Colonel Maggie Rossouw, acting station commander of Muizenberg SAPS, praised police for
their speedy work which led to the arrests and appealed to members of the public to be alert and report crime to their local police.

She said the following pointers can be used to prevent robberies:

* Never walk alone and try to stay in a group

* Do not talk on your cellphone when walking and don’t display any jewellery.

* Take note of your surroundings

* Be wary of strangers

* Walk in well-lit places after dark and avoid secluded areas.

* Guard your valuables when travelling by train and be vigilant during peak times.

* Avoid talking to strangers

* Keep emergency numbers handy and note descriptions of suspicious persons when alerting police.

Ocean View police wants to encourage the community to download cellphone tracing apps in order to track and trace stolen phones.

Sergeant Fortuin said many cellphones were stolen in Ocean View and police were inundated with residents asking them to trace their phones.

“We want to make it clear that we are able to track any cellular phone with the help of the cellular providers but to do this we require a special order obtained through
the court and the cellular provider charges thousands of rands for this service. We are unable to carry those costs and we therefore only trace cellphones in cases of serious and violent crimes such as kidnapping and murder,” he said.

He said once a tracking app has been downloaded
the location of your phone was sent to your private email and you could log into it from any other device using your username and password to trace the location of your phone.

Apps can be downloaded from the AppStore for
iPhone and Play Store for Android..