Spiderman brings terror to Cosmo
THE police have launched a manhunt for criminals - one of whom is nicknamed Spiderman - who left Cosmo City residents terror-stricken and afraid of being raped and robbed in their homes.
Though not sure if the incidents are related, the police are saying criminals are targeting women-headed households, stealing items that include cellphones, portable personal computers and cash.
Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs said the criminals were on foot.
"In some cases we are told two or three suspects are involved," Jacobs said.
"They target women living alone or in backyard rooms (cottages). They do not drive. They commit the crimes, then walk away from the scene."
Jacobs said the police had compiled an identikit of one of the suspects based on a description received from complainants.
A suspect, identified only as Spiderman, in one case broke into a house and overpowered a man, tied him up and forced him to watch while he raped his woman partner.
Jacobs could not say whether crime in the area was rife, except that it was difficult to monitor movements in the area because of construction taking place there.
She could not give the number of cases involved because they were a subject of investigation.
"There is a lot of development there," Jacobs said. "It is not easy to say who lives there, so criminals are taking advantage of this."
She said anyone with relevant information should phone investigating officer Llewellyn Zitha on 073-136-2315. - firstname.lastname@example.org