Counterfeit suspect escape from holding cells in KHP

08 Oct 2013 07:20am
KEETMANSHOOP, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the //Karas Region are looking for a 32-year-old man who escaped from their holding cells in Keetmanshoop last month.
Sartie Lungameni Heita, a suspect in a counterfeit money scam, allegedly escaped from the cells through a toilet window on 26 September at about 06h10.
The Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for //Karas, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak told Nampa on Tuesday that they are following a lead on the escapee’s trail.
“The toilet’s window does not have security bars. That’s how he took advantage to escape, but we will soon rearrest him,” Isaak promised.
He then requested people who might know of Heita’s whereabouts to report it to his office, or their nearest police station.
Heita was one of four trial-awaiting suspects arrested by police at Keetmanshoop and Oranjemund in June this year with N.dollars 1 600 counterfeit notes in N.dollars 200 denominations in their possession.
The other three suspects in custody are Bernardus Titus Iipinge, 29, Malakia Kotokeni, 20 and Gabriel Hohela Elia, 33. They are all still in custody after appearing in court in June and July this year.
Elia was arrested at Oranjemund with counterfeit South African Rands 14 000 (equivalent to N.dollars 14 000).
At the time of their arrest in June, police also confiscated a printing, scanning and copying machine allegedly used by the suspects to make and print fake money, as well as a television set, DVD player, mobile phones, bolt-cutter and remote controls.