Police search for Rigel rapist

Police were scouring the bushes with sniffer dogs and helicopters around the Rigel Avenue off-ramp in...

South African Police Service officers on duty. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Police were scouring the bushes with sniffer dogs and helicopters around the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><street w:st="on"><address w:st="on">Rigel Avenue off-ramp in Pretoria East on Monday in search of a man who raped a woman there last week.

The woman and her husband stopped next to the road on Friday to collect fire wood when they were attacked.

The attacker tied up the victim’s husband before dragging her into the bushes, sexually assaulting her and fleeing with the couple’s cellphones and cash.

The area between <?xml:namespace prefix="U1"?><street u2:st="on"><address u2:st="on"><street w:st="on"><address w:st="on">Rigel Avenue and <street u2:st="on"><address u2:st="on">Atterbury Road was a notorious crime hot spot as the dense vegetation provided shelter to criminals and vagrants.

Police said that they were confident they would have the rapist behind bars soon but warned people not to stop next to the road.