Suspect Arrested for Raping and Robbing Teenager in Port Elizabeth


A 29-year-old man has been arrested for raping and robbing an 18-year-old girl while she was waiting on the side of the road for a lift in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu confirmed that the man had approached the 18-year-old while she was waiting for a lift on the side of the road, he grabbed her arm and dragged her into nearby bushes. 

Naidu said the suspect nabbed the victim’s phone before he fled the scene. “The victim managed to go home and report the incident. The private security company immediately patrolled the vicinity in search of the suspect. The suspect, 29, was found on the N2 freeway near Baywest. The stolen cellphone was found in his possession. He was arrested and detained on a charge of rape and robbery,” she said.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.