Sep 03, 2010 News
By Dale Andrews and Leonard Gildarie
Hours after police narrowly missed him while combing Le Repentir Cemetery, one of Guyana’s most wanted men Tyrone Kacey Rowe also called “Cobra”, turned himself in to the police, denying that he was involved in any of the crimes that are being pinned on him.
It was a somewhat subdued ending to what was turning out to be high-profile search for the elusive teenager, who investigators have fingered in a number of robberies and at least one murder.
Rowe, denying he is known as “Cobra”, reportedly called up activist Mark Benschop several days ago, but did not give his name. He called again yesterday, on this occasion identifying himself and indicating his intentions to give himself up.
Benschop, in turn, contacted reporters who joined him in waiting for the wanted man.
At around 09:00hrs, Rowe, for whom police had placed a $1M reward, approached Benschop’s waiting vehicle at the corner of Louisa Row and D’Urban Street, loudly proclaiming that police wanted to “shoot” him.
A stressed looking Rowe, whose photo was released by police on Tuesday, was apparently hiding out in an empty lot at the corner. He was clad in a white vest, short blue pants and slippers.
With tears streaming down his face, the 17-year-old, continuously proclaiming his innocence, said that he was in Le Repentir Cemetery and heard police saying that they were going to kill him.
“Whole night they deh in the de cemetery…about 30 of them! I see them and bore out though the incinerator area.”
He said that during the cemetery operation, he overheard the ranks saying that they will “drop him”.
During an interview shortly before the police arrived to take him away, Rowe insisted that he was unaware that police were searching for him and said that he was living in Crane, West Coast Demerara, all the time. This was the same house that police swooped down on earlier this week but found no traces of Rowe.
The wanted man was convinced that after his photo was published, neighbours in Crane recognized him and “cochore” on him.
“Me ain’t want no police fuh carry me in…police want fuh kill me.”
Questioned why the police would want to kill him, Rowe could not provide a reason. “I gun tell you the honest truth. I won’t tell you no lie. I don’t know nuthin, you hear, boss man? I don’t know nuthin.”
Asked what he was doing over the last few months, the teenager said he was in Suriname and then visited Trinidad and Tobago.
So how did he earn a living? “I does turn a spade… do labour wuk in Crane and suh. I won’t tell you no stupidness.”
According to Rowe, he had rented the Crane house and could verify this.
Questioned about much-publicized murder/robbery in Plaisance a few weeks ago which left two persons, including a gunman dead, the teen said that it was upsetting to see that he was being portrayed on TV as a best friend. “I know de man. He ain’t my best friend, uncle. They seh me deh all over, in Plaisance…in Buxton.”
Hinting that being on the run was not an easy thing, Rowe said he had no friend.
“Is only in the burial ground, I safe. Nobody ain’t want me fuh come around dem. They talking about dis gang…I ain’t even get no friend.”
During the interview, scores of curious onlookers stared at the young man, some of them wondering what was transpiring as he stripped his clothing so that he could be photographed, to show that he did not have any marks of violence on his body, before he was taken into custody.
After being convinced that Rowe was ready to turn himself in, a media operative then contacted senior police officials informing them of the wanted man’s intentions.
About 45 minutes later two jeeploads of police ranks arrived on the scene and promptly took Rowe into custody.
At the Brickdam Police Station where he was taken, several ranks, most of whom were involved in previous searches for him, flocked the Criminal Investigation Department office for a glimpse of the youth who had given them many sleepless nights.
Yesterday, Rowe’s mother, Donna Beete, said that she was “real glad” that her son, whom she had given to his grandmother at eight months, had decided to give himself up.
“I am real glad. We prayed every day. I already lost a son. I could not sleep at nights. I just want one glimpse of him now.”
A few months ago, Rowe’s brother was executed in a house in Werk-en-Rust in what many described as a case of mistaken identity.
Asked whether she believed that her son was involved in the crimes he is being accused of, the woman said she cannot say no, nor can she say yes. “You make your children, but you don’t make their minds.”
Yesterday, police in a statement said that Rowe called “Cobra” for whom a wanted bulletin was issued, surrendered to the police.
“A senior police officer at the Brickdam Police Station had earlier received a phone call from a media reporter who said that members of the media were with Tyrone Kacey Rowe known as ‘Cobra’, who was willing to turn himself in to the police.”
The police said that they acted “promptly on this information” and went to D’urban Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown, where Rowe was seen and arrested. “He is presently in police custody.”
Benschop said that with Rowe now in custody, it is the hope that a thorough investigation is done to find out if “this little boy” was involved in the crimes he is being accused of.
“While things have been different in the past, with police giving their versions, it was an opportunity now for the public, the court and others, to decide,” Benschop told the media.
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