DNA evidence leads Free State cops to ‘most wanted’ suspect after 13 years


One of the Free State's most wanted suspects has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of rapes. (Photo via Gallo Images)

One of the Free State’s most wanted suspects has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of rapes. (Photo via Gallo Images)

  • One of the Free State’s most wanted suspects has been arrested.
  • He was placed on the most wanted list 13 years ago for a string of rape cases.
  • He targeted women in the Bloemspruit area between 2009 and 2013.

One of the Free State’s most wanted suspects has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of rapes.

Police placed the man on the most wanted list 13 years ago and recently made a breakthrough in the case, thanks to DNA evidence.

Police officers arrested the man, who was on the run for more than a decade, in connection with a series of rape cases in the Bloemspruit area.

The rapes were committed between 2009 and 2013.

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“The 34-year-old suspect was arrested [on] Thursday after two weeks of tracking and tracing by a dedicated team of police officials,” said police spokesperson Sergeant Peter Kareli.

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

The man allegedly “surprised his victims by sneaking from behind” before grabbing them around the throat, Kareli added. He would often threaten to stab his victims, before forcing them to go to an open space or empty house. He then raped them and fled, said Kareli.

The victims were aged 23, 24 and 43.

According to Kareli, the man is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday on 13 counts of rape and attempted murder.

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