– one confesses to being part of Madewini shootout
– Lance Corporal held in Essequibo robbery
Just when it was thought that criminal elements in the Guyana Defence Force had been weeded out, two more ranks have been arrested by police following two separate robberies.
One of the ranks, a Corporal, has reportedly confessed to being the driver of a car that was seized by police at Madewini in which an unlicenced shotgun and a quantity of stolen fuel were found, following a shootout.
The other soldier, a lance corporal was nabbed after police in Essequibo responded to an armed robbery report.
Police in a statement said that yesterday at around 00:35 hours 55-year-old vendor Clairmonte Scott, of Lima, Essequibo Coast, was at home with the front door open when three men entered the building.
Two of them were masked while the other wore a toque and they were all armed with handguns.
They tied up Scott and took him outside leaving another occupant of the house unattended.
An alarm aroused several neighbouring residents who responded promptly, forcing the men to abandon their mission.
The police at Anna Regina were contacted and based on the descriptions given of the men, ranks of a mobile police patrol which had been alerted, observed three men walking along the Reliance Public Road, Essequibo Coast.
Upon the approach of the police, the men scattered in different directions, but one of them was not lucky in his bid to escape.
He was subsequently identified by the victim as the assailant who was wearing the toque and was later found to be a Lance Corporal of the Guyana Defence Force, based at Maria’s Lodge, Essequibo Coast. The toque was found in his pocket.
The police persisted in their hunt for the two other suspects and subsequently challenged two men who were walking along the Columbia Public Road.
Upon seeing the police the men attempted to escape but were apprehended.
According to the police one of them was seen hiding an object by a fence.
It turned out that it was a black jersey, which concealed an unlicensed .32 Ruger revolver with four live rounds and a toque mask.
Meanwhile, following up with investigations into the incident at Madewini, East Bank Demerara, on Sunday, it was reported that at about 03:10 hours on the same day, three men armed with firearms had held up and robbed two male and a female security guard at the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company location at Hauraruni, Linden/Soesdyke Highway.
After tying up the guards the men took away 23 five-gallon containers of dieseline, $15,000 and a cellular phone before escaping in the same vehicle that was subsequently detained by the police following the Madewini incident.
A Corporal of the Guyana Defence Force later went to the Madewini Police Outpost and reported the motor car as being stolen.
However, he was arrested and after intense interrogation, he confessed to having been the driver of the motor car during the robbery.
He remains in police custody assisting with investigations.
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