Sophiatown Police Station spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Julia Claassen says police have had some successes in catching suspects over the past week with the help of tip-offs, Westside Eldos reports.
An intelligence-driven operation in the recent spate of shootings that occurred in the Westbury area of Johannesburg, conducted from August 28, led to two arrests.
Information led police to the Belinda Flats in Westbury, where a witness pointed out 24-year-old suspected perpetrator Urick Stevensons.
The police also confiscated two toy guns in the process.
He was arrested on charges of attempted murder and appeared in court on August 31 at the Newclare Magistrates’ Court and again on September 6 for a bail application.
However, his bail application was not successful, and he was remanded in custody.
During the second operation on September 2, police were led to a flat in Westbury, where they arrested 32-year-old Broadwin Muller.
They also confiscated a 4.5 Llama pistol with a magazine containing seven live rounds, with the serial number filed off..
He was implicated in a shooting that occurred on August 9, where two victims were shot and wounded.
He appeared on September 5 at the Newlands Magistrates’ Court on charges of attempted murder and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The case has been postponed to September 13 for a formal bail application at the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court, but he will remain in custody.
A fleet of K9 unit and EMPD vehicles undertake patrols and random searches in the Westside community.
SAPS management thanked the Sophiatown community for their tangible information provided to effect these arrests.
“The community is also encouraged to report corruption to the Provincial Anti-Corruption hotline at 086 026 778 78,” said Claassen.
– Caxton News Service