Cellphone robber arrested

Alleged human trafficking accusations investigated

08 January 2020 | Crime

Ileni Shapumba; Community affairs commander Erongo Region; “Parents should caution children not to talk to strangers.”

Walvis Bay · [email protected]

One of the suspects involved in a robbery in Walvis Bay on Tuesday was arrested in Kuisebmond earlier today.

The Namibia Police Force’s (NamPol) community affairs commander in the Erongo Region, Warrant Officer Ileni Shapumba confirmed this and said the police managed to trace the owner of a taxi used in the robbery who led them to one of the suspects.

“We retrieved and returned one of phones that was robbed to its rightful owner. The suspect will appear in the Walvis Bay magistrates court tomorrow. We are also investigating allegations of human trafficking related to the incident,” said Shapumba.

Two children, aged thirteen and fourteen years old, were robbed off their i-Phones in the vicinity of 11th Road at Walvis Bay yesterday.

According to information contained in a warning which spread like wildfire on social media, a man jumped out of a taxi, allegedly grabbed the phones and also wanted to force the two teenagers into the taxi.

A passer-by apparently came to the children’s rescue. He stopped next to the taxi which then sped away.

The driver of the car followed the taxi and took its registration number which is ‘N22688WB’.

“Please search for them because it seems like they are also involved in human trafficking,” the social media post stated.

According to Shapumba a case (CR 19/01/2020) of robbery was opened at the Walvis Bay police station.

At that stage he said that the police is working very hard to trace the vehicle.

“It is not a difficult task to trace both the vehicle and the owner. We can do so via NaTIS (National Traffic Information System).”

He added that it takes a collective effort from both the police and parents to prevent and solve human trafficking cases.

“Parents should caution their children not to talk to strangers. There are also people who are going around doing spot searches on people claiming to be part of the police force. If anyone want to search you and does not have an appointment document, do not co-operate with that individual. Also, as much as we love our children the expensive gifts we hand them, attracts criminals,” he said.

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