Bandit killed in shootout with police
- names three accomplices before succumbing
A 22-year-old bandit with a long string of criminal offences was shot dead around 21:00 hrs last night following a robbery at America Street.
Odel Chase, called ‘Nines,’ of James Street, Albouystown, was wounded during a confrontation with police ranks in Sussex Street.
He succumbed to his injuries before he could receive medical attention but not before he had named his accomplices in the America Street robbery.
Kaieteur News understands that before passing away, Chase confessed that he and three accomplices robbed an America Street money-changer of $2M earlier in the evening.
He identified his accomplices as ‘Omar’, ‘Cow’, and ‘Buck.’ They are said to be known to the police. Police were told that they were armed.
The ranks also recovered a stolen white Toyota Sprinter which the gang had used in their getaway. However, the stolen cash was not recovered.
According to reports, the moneychanger was in America Street around 20:00 hrs when Chase and his accomplices held him at gunpoint and relieved the victim of a bag containing $2M. They kept the crowd at bay by shooting in the air.
People in the vicinity alerted the police but there was no response to the scene. They said that after waiting for some time the money changer simply walked away.
But a squad had received a message and, acting on information, raced to Humphrey’s Bakery in Ketley Street, where they tracked down the white AT192 Toyota Sprinter which the bandits had used in their getaway. It bore the number PNN 124. The cops trailed the vehicle up Sussex Street. Kaieteur News understands that on seeing the approaching cops, the gunmen opened fire.
In the vicinity of the ‘Island’, located near Costello Street Housing Scheme along Sussex Street, two of the gunmen exited the vehicle and fled into Le Repentir Cemetery. However, police opened fire, wounding Chase. The mortally injured man fell into the Sussex Street canal.
The ranks hauled him to the parapet and it was during a brief interrogation that he confessed to the America Street heist. He also told the ranks that his accomplices had fled with his firearm.
Close inspection of the car revealed that the number PNN 124 was in fact false. It had been pasted over the original number PMM 2122, a car that they had hijacked earlier in the evening.
Chase has been implicated in armed robberies since he was a teen.
In April, 2009, Chase, then 19, and Ade Doobay, 25, allegedly robbed a group of students as they were studying in the Botanical Gardens. The two wounded Samantha Hollingsworth on April 25, that year with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause her actual bodily harm.
Reports are that Hollingsworth, 16, of Kitty, was with several other students when they were attacked by two men on a motor scooter – CE 4573. The robbers demanded the girl’s laptop computer, and shot her when she resisted.
Their lawyer, James Bond had applied for bail on the grounds that his clients were innocent of the charge and that the offence was a bailable one.
He stated that the two men were also previously charged for robbery under arms and discharging a loaded firearm. He also disclosed that Doobay was granted bail in the sum of $350,000 when the bail application was made at the High Court. Chase was also granted bail.
During their court appearance, Doobay was identified as a tennis coach of “E” Half, Hadfield Street, Wortmanville and Chase as a fisherman of James Street, Albouystown.
Both men pleaded not guilty and were released on $75, 000 each.
Last December, Odel Chase was charged with robbing Nikita Jones of her handbag containing articles worth $168,000 while she walked on Peter Rose Street, Queenstown.
He was charged and granted bail. That matter was still pending in the courts when he died last night.