A Newlands West woman was attacked and robbed shortly after meeting a man for the first time since they had been chatting on Facebook.
At approximately 18:58 (Wednesday) a member of Reaction Unit South Africa was on patrol on Amora Drive in Mountview when he was flagged down by the public requesting assistance for the woman.
The 28 year old went on to explain that she had been chatting with an individual on the social media platform for just over a month. Today she boarded a taxi and met him at the Verulam Taxi Rank.
He asked her to accompany him to a friend’s house which was within walking distance. After she agreed they stopped at a garage where he bought her a bottle of water. After drinking the water she claimed that she started feeling dizzy.
She could not confirm if the bottle of water was sealed before he handed it to her. While taking a short cut she stopped to urinate in a pathway when her male companion hit her on her head with a rock. He then attempted to rape her but when she started screaming for help he stole her handbag containing two cellphones, a tablet and her wallet & fled in an unknown direction.
Residents who heard the woman’s screams went to her assistance. RUSA Medics assessed the traumatized victim and found that she had sustained a laceration to her head from the assault.
Reaction Officers conducted a search for the suspect however he still remains at large.