Public assist in the arrest of a suspected criminal
By Cindy Witten
29 December 2008
On Sunday evening (21 December) police detained Melvin Claasen, 25, on a charge of theft of motor vehicle. Police also had a warrant of arrest for a murder charge. Police requested the assistance of the public that anyone who knew of the Claasen’s whereabouts comes forward.
On Saturday afternoon (28 December) police were informed by a community member that the suspect was in the Rocklands area. Police responded to the tip-off and once again arrested Claasen.
At first the suspect denied that he was the same man police arrested the previous Sunday, but after being positively identified by the investigating officer, Claasen admitted guilt.
Claasen now faces a charge of escape form lawful custody along with the other cases against him.
Police would like to thank the community of Mitchells Plain for their assistance in the arrest. Had the community member not come forward, the suspect could still have been at large.