Caught In The Act….Rapist Holds Victim Hostage Before Attacking Cops With A Crowbar
There was pandemonium in Sakubva, Mutare after a rapist was caught red-handed raping a 16-year-old girl in a maize field.
John Ndlovu (35) reportedly went beserk and dragged the victim(name withheld to protect her identity) into his makeshift cabin and held her hostage before going on to attack the police officers who had attended the scene with a crowbar.
According to Manica Post, Ndlovu was only arrested after a backup reaction team of police officers from the Canine Section came with dogs that pulled him out of the shack.
On Monday, Ndlovu appeared before Mutare magistrate, Langton Mukwengi, facing rape charges.
lt is in the States case that on March 27, 2021, at around 7 pm, the complainant was coming from Mangenje Business Centre when she met the suspect along the way.
The accused person allegedly grabbed her hand but the girl freed herself from the grip and ran into a nearby house for help.
However, the house owners chased her away after seeing Ndlovu in hot pursuit while armed with a hoe.
The suspect caught up with the complainant and dragged her to a nearby maize field where he raped her once.
While in the maize field, a passerby heard the complainant screaming for help and went to investigate.
But the Good Samaritan took to his heels after the accused person attacked him with stones.
Sensing that his hide-out was now compromised, Ndlovu dragged the girl further into the bush and raped her again.
After raping the girl, he took her to his cabin where he held her hostage.
However, the girl’s mother was alerted by neighbors about her daughter’s whereabouts after they had seen Ndlovu dragging her into his cabin.
She quickly went to the police and reported the matter. The officers who first attended the scene from ZRP Sakubva failed to arrest the suspect who was armed with a crowbar and a kitchen knife.
Moments later, a reaction team comprising of officers from the Canine Section came and rescued the girl with no visible injuries.
The court heard that dogs were set out on the suspect who was subsequently overpowered and arrested.
Following the arrest, the cops discovered an assortment of ladies’ panties and dresses in the suspect’s cabin.
One of the investigation officers who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity said they were going to investigate further as they believe more women could have been abused by the suspect as evidenced by the clothes recovered from the shack.
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