Thursday 24 January, 2019

Five men face court for armed robbery of Arouca Chinese restaurant

The five accused in the armed robbery of a Chinese restaurant at Arouca on January 7 will reappear before an Arima Magistrate on January 17.

The men are to answer to the nine charges arising from the incident.

30-year-old Samuel Roberts, 25-year-old Jamal Roberts, 19-year-old Dominic Alcantara, 29-year-old Romeo Jude Blackman and 28-year-old Keon Patoe, all of Beetham Gardens, were all denied bail when they appeared before Magistrate Debby Ann-Bassaw in the Arima 3rd Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The men face charges of robbery with violence and possession of a firearm and ammunition while Roberts was also charged with driving without a driver’s permit, driving without a certificate of insurance and use of a fraudulent identification plate.

Alcantara, Roberts and Blackman were additionally charged with possession of an offensive weapon while Alcantara was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of an apparatus.

Blackman faced an additional charge of assaulting a police officer while Patoe was charged with disorderly behaviour.

On January 7 around 10:25 am, four men entered Yiahao Chinese restaurant at Eastern Main Road, Arouca, where they announced a robbery and proceeded to hit the owner of the establishment several times before exiting the restaurant with TT$2,200.

As the men entered a Hyundai Elantra motor vehicle, driven by a fifth suspect, officers of the Northern Division Task Force (NDTF) foiled their escape.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and one Jennings pistol along with one round of .22mm ammunition, a knife and the stolen cash, were discovered.

The five accused were charged by Cpl Richard Ramcharan of the NDTF, Cpl Ricardo Pamphille and PC Brent Bernard.

All the charges were laid on January 11.

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