Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

20 October 2023

A 32-year-old most wanted suspect for housebreaking who allegedly stabbed a police officer previously and then evaded arrest was nabbed on Tuesday, 18 October 2023. 

It is said that he tried his usual tricks by resisting and wrestling with police officers and threatening to stab them with a knife, but all these efforts were futile. 

The suspect is believed to have been involved in various reported housebreaking incidents in Belfast that were carried out from 2020 until this year, 2023. 

According to information, one of the housebreaking victims alerted police of the whereabouts of the suspect. 

The police responded to the tip-off with the intention of executing a warrant of arrest issued against him. 

As he tried to attack them with a knife, the men and women in Blue reportedly fired some shots, and in the process, he sustained some injuries on his foot. 

It was during this period that he was finally subjected to an arrest and taken to the hospital for medical treatment under the watch of a police guard. 

The suspect was charged, he faced with several charges, including housebreaking, resisting an arrest, and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. 

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) will also be investigating the shooting that occurred during the suspect’s arrest. 

He is expected to appear in Belfast Magistrate’s Court soon. 

The police cannot rule out the possibility of adding more charges as the investigation continues. 

The management of the SAPS in Mpumalanga has welcomed the arrest of the suspect and is adamant that most outstanding cases of housebreaking in the Belfast area will be resolved as a result, and the investigators are gunning for a conviction with the maximum sentence.