Community helps cops track murder suspect

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Cape Town - A 26-year-old man who allegedly stabbed an acquaintance to death during an argument in Delft was due to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Police hailed the Roosendal Neighbourhood Watch for assisting them in tracking down the suspect – who fled the scene at 30 Aster Crescent after allegedly stabbing Brian Adams, 25, in the chest on Friday night.

Adams sustained a critical wound and died shortly after being stabbed.

The suspect reportedly fled to his home nearby and hid under a car. Police found him there, with assistance from the neighbourhood watch, and carried out the arrest.

Brigadier Hendrik Jansen, the station commander at Delft, praised the neighbourhood watch members for their assistance at the crime scene and helping locate and detain the suspect.

This comes as the police held a “massive joint operation” with the neighbourhood watch.

Under the command of Captain De Vos, a group of police reservists and neighbourhood watch members retrieved a 9mm firearm with one magazine and 12 rounds, after they responded to a complaint from the community in the Delft areas of Blikkiesdorp, Leiden and Roosendal.

The firearm had its serial number filed off.

Two suspects aged 27 and 28 will face charges for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and for tampering with a firearm and were also due to appear in court in Bellville on Monday.

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