Saturday 7 December, 2019

Police hold armed suspect minutes after Arima robbery

Police detained an armed suspect just minutes after a robbery was reported in Arima. 

According to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), the suspect, from Arima, was arrested and one firearm was seized by officers of the Northern Division’s Emergency Response Patrol (ND-ERP) and Pinto Police Station, following a report of robbery with aggravation and a police-involved shooting incident in the Arima district on Tuesday night.

Officers of the Pinto Police Station responded to a report of a robbery at Pinto Road, where they met a female victim who said that around 7:30 pm on Wednesday, she was walking along King Orange Avenue when she was approached by two men, both armed with guns.

The men announced a hold-up and relieved the victim of a quantity of cash and a cellular phone, before running through a bushy area.

Police said they saw two suspects walking along the roadway holding firearms. When they approached, the men ran off and a chase ensued. 

Police said one of the suspects turned in the direction of the officers and pointed a firearm at them. Officers, enforcing the Use of Force policy, shot at the suspects.

During the chase, one of the men was detained.

Police found the stolen cellular phone in his possession and said one Smith and Wesson revolver loaded with one round of ammunition was also seized from the scene.

The 21-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with the incident, while the second suspect managed to escape.

Investigations are ongoing. 

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