Cape Town – Police arrested four men who had allegedly been targeting the LGBTQ community for kidnapping on Sunday.
A 26-year-old victim was rescued while the suspects were arrested at a restaurant in Parktown, Johannesburg.
According police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe, the men were allegedly using a dating app to target and lure victims to secluded places where they would then kidnap and rob them.
“On Monday, a 26-year-old man who had been chatting to one of the suspects was lured to an area where he was hijacked, kidnapped and robbed of his personal belongings, including bank cards. The suspects proceeded to make several purchases with the victim’s bank cards.
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“As soon as the matter was reported to the Mondeor police station, the anti-kidnapping task team operationalised information and swooped on the four men who were meeting at the restaurant on the same day of the kidnapping,” Mathe said in a statement.
Mathe said they were found with the victim’s belongings, including bank cards, wallet, bag and cellphone. However, the victim’s hijacked vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz C180, has not yet been recovered.
The victim was rescued and reunited with his family, said Mathe.
Suspects between the ages of 25 and 33 have since appeared before the Booysens Magistrate’s Court.
They each faced charges of hijacking, kidnapping and extortion, the police said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe