Barataria cops recover stolen vehicle, detain suspect
Police said a man was detained and a stolen vehicle swiftly recovered after the robbery was reported on Sunday.
In a statement, the TTPS said officers attached to the Barataria Police Station responded to a report of a robbery with aggravation against a male taxi driver in the Aranguez area at 11 am on July 5, 2020.
Police were told that the victim was plying his trade in his white Nissan AD wagon along Railway Road, El Socorro, when he picked up five young men clad in varying T-shirts and short pants who requested to be taken to lower Aranguez to attend a football game.
Upon reaching the vicinity of Johnny King Road, Aranguez, one of the men allegedly placed a knife to the victim’s neck while another suspect pointed an object resembling a firearm at him and announced a hold-up.
The victim told police that he became fearful for his life and was ordered out of the vehicle. The suspects then escaped with the victim’s vehicle.
The taxi driver immediately contacted the police who responded within minutes and observed the stolen car at Ali Drive, Aranguez.
Police said a 22-year-old man, who matched the description given to police, was seen close to the vehicle and was taken into police custody.
When the victim arrived to lodge an official report, he saw the suspect and positively identified him as one of five who were involved in the incident.
The TTPS said Barataria Police are actively searching for the remaining suspects who remain at large.
Officers urged anyone who may have witnessed the crime or have knowledge of the suspects involved in this incident to contact them immediately at 674-4724.
Police said the suspect was due to be charged on Monday while lead investigator PC Mulrain of the Barataria Criminal Investigations Department (CID) continues investigations.