An alert police mobile patrol recovered an unlicenced 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol with two rounds from a man, who minutes earlier had relieved a woman of her cellular phone on Pike Street, Kitty, on Friday night.
The suspect had discharged two rounds into the air to ward off public-spirited persons who chased after him following the woman’s screams.
According to the police, the woman was held at gunpoint and relieved of her cell phone, at around 20:00 hours on Friday.
The assailant did not get far, as the police, who were in the area, pursued him and eventually captured him. The woman’s cellular phone was also found on the suspect. He is to be placed before the courts soon.
Meanwhile, police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at about 21:15 hours that same Friday at Middle Road, McDoom, during which the driver and six passengers of a route 43 minibus were attacked and robbed by seven men, all reportedly armed with handguns.
Reports state that two of the bandits joined the minibus driven by Norris King, 34, at the Stabroek Market Bus Park, purportedly to travel to Linden.
They told the driver that they had to pick up a pregnant woman at Middle Road, McDoom, since she was also travelling to Linden.
The driver obliged and diverted from his route to where the men directed him. The two men exited the vehicle and were joined by five others, all pulling out firearms.
They then held the driver and passengers at gun point, and proceeded to rob them of a total of $183,000, four cell phones, a laptop computer, a watch, jewellery and a quantity of cell phone cards, before escaping.
In the wake of this incident, the police are advising operators of minibuses to be cautious about leaving their prescribed routes according to their road service licences to go into other areas, not only in view of the likelihood of criminal attacks, but also because it constitutes a breach of the said licence.
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