May 14, 2009 News
A well known criminal on the East Coast of Demerara once again eluded capture after carrying out three separate robberies in the Enterprise area on Tuesday night.
The man and his accomplice managed to make good their escape despite a massive manhunt by police and army ranks that ended early yesterday morning.
Police say the suspect, Courtney James, for whom a wanted bulletin was recently issued, and an accomplice, robbed eight persons some time around 22:00 hours on Tuesday.
Police sources said that one of the men was positively identified as James, who is wanted in connection with a series of robberies, including one committed on the home of Magistrate Nigel Hawke.
According to reports, the suspects first attacked the home of Davendra Mangal and his reputed wife, Christine Atkinson, at Enterprise Gardens.
This newspaper understands that Atkinson was in her bathroom when she heard dogs barking.
Upon investigating she was confronted by two men who forced her into the house where they held the occupants at gunpoint and relieved them of $66,000 and a cellular phone before fleeing.
The men then targeted six residents of Enterprise about 15 minutes later.
Police in a press statement said that Kioum Hamid, of Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara, along with Vicky Roopnarine, Amita Ramchand, Richard Albert, Chandra Kowlessar and Zaheer Mohamed, of Enterprise, were chatting on the roadway when the two men came up and held them at gunpoint.
They were ordered to lie on the road and the men took away a total of six cell phones, two bicycles, $12, 000 in cash and personal jewellery and escaped.
Not satisfied, the two bandits confronted Shivchand Rooplall, a security guard attached to the Guyana Sugar Corporation.
Reports reaching this newspaper stated that Rooplall was riding along the railway embankment when the two bandits stopped him.
They searched the man and relieved him of his cellular phone. However, when they discovered that he only had $40 in his pocket, they dealt him several lashes to the head with their guns.
Police by then had been informed of the earlier robberies, and according to a source, they responded with the assistance of army ranks who were at the Vigilance Police Station at the time.
However by then the bandits had fled to their safe haven.
The Guyana Police Force has established a special unit based at Vigilance to capture the prime suspect, but despite their optimism, they are coming up empty-handed even as the suspect continues to wreak havoc in the communities.
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