Friday 15 November, 2019

Jamaican held for robbing maxi-taxi driver

A 20-year-old Jamaican national is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Monday on allegations of robbing a maxi-taxi.

The suspect was arrested on Saturday afternoon by officers of the Besson Street Police Station.

According to police reports around 1.15 pm the victim, a 43-year-old man from Valsayn, was plying his maxi-taxi along the Priority Bus Route when upon reaching the vicinity of Third Avenue, Barataria, he picked up three people.

The men, upon nearing the Servol School in Laventille, signalled they wanted to stop.

However, instead of paying the driver, the men pulled out firearms and robbed the Valsayn man.

They then exited the maxi and escaped.

The police were notified and a team of officers from the Besson Street Police Station, including PC Mohammed and PC Rosado, responded.

The officers received reliable intelligence that the men were in the vicinity of Erica Street, and upon arriving at the location the officers observed three men who matched the descriptions of the suspects.

The officers challenged the trio, however, the men attempted to escape on foot by running along to the Eastern Main Road.

The two officers gave chase, and PC Mohammed caught one of the suspects – the Jamaican national – while the other two men escaped.

The suspect was questioned, and he was identified by the virtual complainant (the maxi driver) as one of the men who robbed him at gunpoint.

As a result, the 20-year-old was charged and is due before the courts today.

LoopTT was told arrests are imminent as it relates to the other two suspects.

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