01 Nov 2017 14:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 01 NOV (NAMPA) - Two children unsuccessfully tried to rescue their grandmother from a rapist in the Swakop riverbed in the Otjimbingwe settlement on Monday.
The incident took place between 20h00 and 21h00, said a police incident report issued on Wednesday by the Namibian Police Force in Erongo Region.
It said the 27-year-old suspect lured the victim to the dry riverbed by lying to her that her son was arrested, and she and the children must accompany him to the police station.
While crossing the riverbed, the suspect allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened to stab the 57-year-old woman, dragged her further into the riverbed and started raping her.
The children, aged 11 and 13, tried to fight the suspect but retreated when he threatened them with the knife.
When they failed, they ran to report the incident to the police and the suspect was arrested later that day, said the report.
He is expected before the Karibib Magistrates Court on Thursday.
In a separate incident in Omaruru, three suspects broke into a pensioners house and stole two revolvers and other items worth about N.dollars 28 500 on Sunday at around 19h00.
They also stole N.dollars 3 000 and Euros 7 000 (about N.dollars 115 000) in cash.
The suspects broke open the front door while the owner, Alexander Kurt Raak, 81, was asleep.
They allegedly demanded keys to his safe but he refused, so they tied him up, covered his face with a pillow and started searching for the keys which they found in the refrigerator, said the report.
The victim was rescued by the gardener Monday morning.
No arrest has yet been made and police investigations continue.