An extremely sex starved and serial rapist who terrorised the Mashonaland West town of Banket has been arrested, police confirmed at the weekend.

According to police national spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, in January 2013, the accused, Kudakwashe Shambare (23), detained a 17-year-old girl after a dispute and took her to a field where he raped her several times.

"Shambare held the girl hostage for the whole night before she managed to escape the following day. In December 2013, the accused met a certain woman near a farm compound in Banket. The woman asked Shambare about a debt he owed her, and the accused suddenly became violent before dragging her into the bush," Nyathi said.

Shambare reportedly then tied his victim to a tree and left her there for the night after a vicious assault with a log.

"The hapless woman spent the whole night in that position, only for the accused to come back the following morning and untied her. Shambare then hit her on the forehead with a log and she became unconscious before fleeing the scene of the crime.

"In the same month, Shambare waylaid a woman in the same community and threatened her with a knife before tying his victim with a wire. The woman was gagged using her clothes before she was raped by the accused," the police chief said.

Shambare's luck ran out when he was arrested last week on his way to Chinhoyi.

Meanwhile, Nyathi said police had also nabbed two serial robbers after a spate of break-ins across the country.

Nyathi said Esau Tinashe Yusuf (26) and Milton Gomana (31), with their two accomplices, one of whom  is late, had previously committed a spate of robberies  in Kadoma, Chinhoyi, Gokwe, Rusape and Kwekwe.

"Police investigations revealed that the two, Nyika Gomana and the other who now is deceased, had previously committed robberies in Kadoma, Chinhoyi, Kwekwe, Gokwe and Rusape where they were targeting schools, service stations, post offices and supermarkets.

"They also had several unlawful entries and theft cases in business premises and houses where they got away with cellphones, clothes and television sets," said Nyathi.

Early this month, according to Nyathi, Yusuf and Gomana broke into Shangani Post Office and used explosives to force open a safe after which they stole three mobile phones and airtime recharge cards worth about  $700.

The two were arrested en-route to Kadoma after an alert member of the public who had witnessed the crime tipped a haulage truck driver who drove the two straight to Gweru Central Police Station where they were arrested.

Nyathi applauded the public in assisting police to arrest the criminals.

"We would like to applaud the public who are partnering police in apprehending notorious criminals. We would like to foster a harmonious relationship  with the public so that we can fight crime," he said.

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