Police in Masvingo have arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of raping scores of women in the city after using WhatsApp platforms to lure them.
Police reportedly used dogs to arrest Petros Mudzingwa on Thursday after he was cornered in Morningside.
According to Masvingo Mirror, a parade for victims to identify the suspect was expected to be held at Masvingo Central Police Station on Friday.
In a statement on its Twitter page, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) expressed gratitude to members of the public who assisted police with information that led to Mudzingwa’s arrest. ZRP said in a tweet:
“The ZRP applauds members of the public for supplying credible information to the Police. On 17/06/21, Police in Masvingo arrested Petros Mudzingwa (30) for a spate of rape and robbery cases committed in and around Masvingo.”
Citing sources, Masvingo Mirror reported that so far two raped women have been positively linked to Mudzingwa.
Various other unresolved rape cases have been reopened to see if the suspect was not involved.
Mudzingwa originally comes from Jonathan Village in Chikarudzo under Chief Mugabe but currently is of no fixed aboard.
In Masvingo, he allegedly frequented low-density suburbs like Morningside, Rhodhene, Zimre Park and Eastvale where he targeted women for robbery and rape.
Mudzingwa’s luck finally ran out when he allegedly saw a message from a woman on a WhatsApp group who was looking for her lost personal documents including her passport and national identity card.
After seeing the message, Mudzingwa allegedly contacted her pretending that he found the documents.
He lured the woman to a secluded place in Morningside where he allegedly raped and robbed her of valuables.
The victim reported the case at Rujeko Police Station in Masvingo and Police engaged Econet for investigations.