Cops catch robbery suspect pretending to be victim
A suspect, who pretended to be a victim in a robbery involving a 'PH' driver and passenger, was held by police after he was identified by the real robbery victims.
According to a statement by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) were on mobile patrol in the Laventille district on Monday when they responded to a report of a robbery and loud explosions in the Beetham district.
Police met a Santa Cruz man who said he had been travelling in a PH taxi to San Juan, when another male passenger pulled out a gun near Bhagwansingh's Hardware in Beetham and announced a hold-up.
The witness said the driver of the car quickly pulled to the shoulder and ran off. He said he heard a loud explosion and also fled the scene.
Officers of the Emergency Response Patrol and IATF later found the vehicle parked on the shoulder of the highway with a 26-year-old Sea Lots man inside.
When questioned, the man told officers he was a victim of an attempted robbery and was taken to the Besson Street Police Station.
However, when they got to the station the Santa Cruz man, who was at the station at the time, pinpointed the 'victim' as the person who actually tried to rob him and the driver.
The man was arrested and a search was subsequently conducted in the vicinity of the NP overpass, where one black and silver revolver was recovered.
The driver of the vehicle; a 30-year-old Laventille man, is said to have reported to officers on patrol in the John John district that he was shot in the arm by a man who attempted to rob him.
He was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment. The driver also gave the same description of the suspect as the shooter in the incident.
Investigations are ongoing.