Nov 06, 2009 News
– AK-47 magazine, warheads, ‘channa bombs’ found inside
The stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup that gunmen used during Wednesday’s brazen attack on two police stations in Georgetown was found yesterday in a trail off the Soesdyke/Linden highway.
Police said that the vehicle was abandoned in an area known as the ‘Ladies Hideout’, which is a short distance from the town of Linden.
The vehicle was completely burnt, but the owner was able to identify the pickup by the serial number on the engine.
Inside the torched vehicle, police found an empty AK-47 assault rifle magazine, seven warheads and a similar number of bullet casings, two bottles containing chick peas (channa) and two spent firecrackers.
According to a police statement, Wodette Roberts, 23, Sean Embleton, 25, and Roopchand Gopaul, 47, of Kuru Kururu, were travelling near Loo Creek in the pickup at around 00:15 hrs on Wednesday, when a white Toyota wagon and a silver-grey car overtook their vehicle.
It added that one of the men in the back seat of the wagon signaled with a red triangular reflector, similar to those used by the police, for them to stop.
About eight men dressed in black clothing resembling police uniforms and carrying firearms and wearing bullet-proof vests (one of which was marked ‘Police’) exited the vehicles.
According to Police Commissioner Henry Greene, the men were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and shotguns.
The release said that the men then identified themselves as policemen and said that they were searching for arms and ammunition.
During that time a grey Carina motor car with two persons dressed in civilian clothing came up and spoke to the men in uniform and left in the direction of Dora.
Police said that the armed men handcuffed the three men, placed them in the back of the Tacoma pick-up and then drove off in the three vehicles.
They turned off the Highway at Dora and about one hundred yards off they took out the three men and tied them up with duct tape and placed them in different locations.
Police said that as the victims lay on the ground, one of the gunmen discharged a round at Sean Embleton, but missed.
The armed men then drove away in the vehicles. Embleton later managed to free himself and found that Wodette Roberts called ‘Buckman’ had died.
It is suspected that he had suffocated, since duct tape was placed over the handcuffed man’s mouth and nostrils.
Embleton then went to a home at Long Creek from where he made a report at the Timehri Police Station.
Later, about 09:05hrs, Gopaul, who had managed to escape, also reported the incident to the Kuru Kururu Police Outpost.
On Wednesday, Wodette Roberts’s handcuffed and bound body was found in a trail at Dora, a short distance from the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. Police found two empty twelve gauge casings at the scene.
The lawmen believe that the same gunmen went on a rampage around Georgetown, riddling the Brickdam Police Station and the East Ruimveldt Police Outpost with bullets.
Wodette Roberts’s mother said she last saw her son alive at around 10:00 hrs on Tuesday.
She explained that her son works in the interior and that he informed her that he was returning to the interior on Friday.
However, he apparently had a change of plans and was travelling with Sean Embleton and Roopchand Gopaul to a mining area known as ‘Frenchman’ when the attack occurred.
Embleton and Roopchand were questioned by police but were subsequently released.
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