– Owner of getaway car arrested at station while reporting missing vehicle after shootout
Police have detained two of the men that mortally wounded bandit Odel Chase identified as his accomplices in Monday night’s brazen America Street heist.
One of the men, said to be the suspect known as ‘Cow,’ is the driver of the AT192 Toyota, which the gunmen had used as their getaway
vehicle. He was taken into custody after turning up at the Ruimveldt Police Station at around 21:30 hrs to claim that he was the victim of a carjacking.
Kaieteur News understands that the 24-year-old suspect told police ranks that he was held at gunpoint by two men after stopping by a traffic light near Water Lily Street and Mandela Avenue.
But he reportedly showed signs of nervousness after learning that Odel Chase had been slain and had named his accomplices, including one known as ‘Cow.’
He was then taken into custody.
Kaieteur News understands that the suspect, who gave an East Coast Demerara address, was charged in 2011 for armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The other man, Damion Allicock, called ‘Buck’ was detained shortly after midnight Tuesday by heavily armed ranks in Howes Street, Charlestown.
He was previously charged with Odel Chase for robbery under arms. Allicock was also charged in December 2011, with conspiracy and uttering a forged driver’s licence. He was 21 at the time and his address was given as Independence Boulevard, La Penitence.
Police are looking for a third man, who was identified only as ‘Omar’.
It is believed that the men, along with 22-year-old Odel Chase, called ‘Nines’, escaped with $2M at around 20:00hrs on Monday after holding an America Street moneychanger at gunpoint. A police source said that the bandits were armed with an assault rifle.
However, police tracked the men to Sussex Street, where Chase, of Albouystown, was shot during a brief confrontation.
He succumbed to his injuries before he could receive medical attention, but not before he had named his accomplices in the America Street robbery. He referred to men as ‘Omar’, ‘Cow’ and ‘Buck.’
The ranks also recovered a white AT 192 Toyota which the gang had used in their getaway. However, the stolen cash has not been recovered.
According to reports, the moneychanger was in America Street around 20:00hrs when Chase and his accomplices held him at gunpoint and relieved him of a bag containing $2M. They kept the crowd at bay by shooting in the air before fleeing in their car.
But a squad had received a message and, acting on information, raced to Humphrey’s Bakery in Ketley Street, where they tracked down the car which the bandits had used in their getaway. It bore the number PNN 124 on the rear number plate. The cops trailed the vehicle up Sussex Street. Kaieteur News understands that on seeing the approaching cops, the gunmen opened fire.
In the vicinity of the ‘Island’, located near Castello Housing Scheme along Sussex Street, two of the gunmen exited the vehicle and fled into Le Repentir Cemetery. However, police opened fire, wounding Chase. The mortally injured man fell into the Sussex Street canal.
The ranks hauled him to the parapet and it was during a brief interrogation that he confessed to the America Street heist. He also told the ranks that his accomplices had fled with his firearm.
Close inspection of the car revealed that the number PNN 124 was in fact false. It had been pasted over the original number PMM 2122, which was visible on the front plate.
In April 2009, Chase, then 19, and Ade Doobay, 25, allegedly robbed a group of students as they were studying in the Botanical Gardens. The two wounded Samantha Hollingsworth on April 25, that year, with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause her actual bodily harm.
Reports are that Hollingsworth, of Kitty, was with several other students when they were attacked by two men on a motor scooter. The robbers demanded the girl’s laptop computer and shot her when she resisted.
Last December, Odel Chase was charged with robbing Nikita Jones of her handbag containing articles worth $168,000 while she walked on Peter Rose Street, Queenstown.
He was charged and granted bail. That matter was still pending in the courts when he died on Monday night.
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