It was a strange experience for residents at a block of flats in Mayville when a woman brandishing a knife threatened them as she went door to door on Sunday.

The knife-wielding woman was arrested after Blue Security armed response officers and the police swooped in the scene. Blue Security community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios said residents alerted the company’s control centre of the incident at around 2.30pm on Sunday.

“An armed response officer and the police responded to the scene where the woman had been captured on video camera, going from door to door, threatening residents with a large knife. She eventually locked herself in the bedroom of an apartment and a friend had to climb through a window above the internal door to get her out.
Police arrested the woman for her own safety and took her in custody to the Mayville police station. No injuries were reported,” Mathios said.
The arrest was one of five arrests that Blue Security officers and the police made across the city over the weekend.

Mathios said an alleged shoplifter was arrested on the corner of Boscombe Road and Sylvester Ntuli Road on the beachfront after she stole a pair of slops from a shop. The incident occurred at around noon on Sunday.

“The officer responded to the scene of the crime, tracked the suspect down and recovered the shoes. The suspect was handed over to Durban Central SAPS members at the scene,” Mathios said.
Meanwhile, two suspects were arrested by armed response officers who responded to the scene of a theft in Ethelbert Road in Malvern after they had allegedly stolen two chairs valued at around R5, 000 from a property.

“The officers patrolled the area and managed to track down the two suspects who they spotted walking along the road carrying the chairs. They arrested the suspects and handed them over to Malvern police at the scene,” Mathios said.