Man accused of raping 13 women finally caught after 13 years

Kabelo Tlhabanelo

A man who stands accused of raping 13 women between 2009 and 2013 has been arrested.

The 34-year-old suspect was captured by the police on Thursday afternoon.

The police kept on collecting DNA samples, knowing that the long arm of the law was bound to catch the suspect.  

The thirteen victims, aged between 23 and 43, opened cases with Bloemspruit police in Mangaung, Free State. 

Police spokesman Sergeant Peter Kareli said the suspect was apprehended at about noon. 

“He has been on the wanted list for the past 13 years and was arrested after he was linked through DNA,” Kareli told Scrolla.Africa.

The suspect is said to have terrorised his victims by sneaking up on them from behind and grabbing them by the neck before threatening to stab them. 

Kareli said the suspect would then drag the victim to either an open space or an empty house where the rapes would take place.

Kareli also said that the police believe there are more victims and urged them to open a case at the nearest police station.

The suspect is facing 13 counts of rape and attempted murder and will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate court on 17 January 2022. 

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