Minutes after leaving court, a man described as a notorious bandit was nabbed by police and civilians after allegedly snatching over $2M from a Berbice businessman.
Rawle Victor called ‘Ralo’29, of Sheet Anchor Village, East Canje, Berbice, was
arrested at around 13.00 hrs yesterday, after allegedly holding businessman Mohamed Ali at gunpoint and relieving him of $2.5M, that the victim said he was about to deposit in a New Amsterdam bank.
He was caught after diving into a swamp to elude police and public-spirited citizens. Another man, who was with Victor, fled the scene.
Victor was recently released on bail where he was on three charges –two for Robbery Under Arms and one for Robbery with Aggravation.
According to information, Victor had just left the New Amsterdam court yesterday after appearing on these charges when he attacked Ali.
Ali, 63, the owner of the M. Ali and Sons Supermarket and Gas Station in New Amsterdam, and of 19 Pope Street New Amsterdam, said he had just exited his truck and was heading for the bank, located at Strand, New Amsterdam, when two men approached him.
According to Ali, one of the men pointed a gun at him while the other grabbed his money-bag.
The men darted through Chapel Street with the bag of money while Ali started to shout for ‘thief.’
Ali alleged that the security guards at the bank just stood by and failed to help.
According to the businessman, he then ran to his gas station and told his son about the heist and asked him to contact the police.
With the help of a few workers from another business entity, the men began to ‘circle’ the area in their vehicles.
Ali’s son eventually spotted the bandits on Republic Road.
By then the police had responded and joined the chase. Kaieteur News understands that one of the robbers fled into the Mission Chapel Church Yard while the other ran over the road to the Regional Democratic Council compound.
Realising that he was being cornered, the robber who had fled to the RDC compound plunged into a swamp, where he was apprehended with the money-bag.
According to Ali, the bag was later found to contain $1.3M. The suspect was subsequently identified as Rawle Victor.
Victor’s alleged accomplice was later spotted in Pitt Street but managed to elude police.
Ali, who said that he is distraught and frustrated, stated that his business was robbed before. He was however, high in praise of the work of the police who he said responded quickly and took over the chase and helped to apprehend the bandit.
“Without them I would have never gotten back anything. I am thankful for my life also and that nothing more serious happened.”
Victor was previously charged with robbing businessman Raymond Arnold 60, of 20-6 St John Street, New Amsterdam, of $1M and his car, PPP 9798, valued at $2,750,000.
That robbery occurred on April 23, 2014.
He was also charged with robbing businessman Indernauth Bishram called ‘Ajay’29 of Sun Shine Supermarket and Poultry Supply of 60 Public Road Cumberland East Canje of $1.3M on April 28, 2014.
He was also charged with robbery with aggravation committed on 84-year-old John Ramberrat on Monday 12thMay.
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