Apr 19, 2009 News
A man who is believed to be the mastermind of the failed robbery on the Geddes Grant New Amsterdam Branch on April 2 was held last Thursday by police while hiding out in the city.
Mark Prince, of Vryheid, West Canje, Berbice, was held in Castello Housing Scheme, La Penitence after he allegedly fled the Ancient County, immediately after the failed heist.
Prince who was recently released from jail was spotted by an alert rank although he had tried to disguise himself.
This newspaper was told that as the rank attempted to make the arrest, Prince made a dash for freedom, but was eventually overpowered and captured with the assistance of backup ranks who were quickly summoned to the area. He was subsequently returned to Berbice and is likely to be charged soon.
Two persons have so far been charged in connection with the crime.
The gunman, Dwayne Harris, 20, called Buck of Aubrey Barker Street, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown and Courtney Patterson, 37, called Avon, a taxi driver of Glasgow Village East Bank Berbice, were jointly charged with robbery under arms committed on the business premises on Thursday April 2 at around 17:20 hrs.
Harris snatched two safety deposit bags containing $1,325,740 from a female cashier as she and a security guard were making their way to a nearby bank.
He had earlier discharged a round, which narrowly missed the security guard. After snatching the money, Harris tried to escape by heading towards a car driven by Patterson which was parked not too far away and which was suspected to be the getaway vehicle. But the police who responded promptly subsequently apprehended him.
While he was being interrogated, Harris implicated the driver of the taxi who he said was an accomplice who was waiting to pick him up after the heist.
He also said that the driver had picked him up the day before and had taken him to a house in Stanleytown, where he, Prince and others had planned the robbery.
Harris is also facing two other charges of being in possession of a firearm (.38 revolver) without being the owner of a licence and also being in possession of ammunition (three .38 rounds).
Patterson, the No. 2 accused was granted bail in the sum of $200,000.
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