Suspect captured after maxi driver assaulted and robbed
Police said a suspect was held moments after a maxi-taxi driver was attacked and robbed.
In a statement today the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said TTPS officers along with army officers leapt into action after the 66-year-old maxi taxi driver alerted officers after the incident occurred.
The driver said he picked up a passenger in the vicinity of the San Juan Police Sub-station and the passenger, who sat behind him, asked to stop at Champs Fleurs when he suddenly placed him in a chokehold and demanded money. The driver handed over in excess of $300 after which the man then ran out of the vehicle.
The driver raised an alarm to police officers who were passing by and the man was quickly apprehended a short distance away by Sgt Cadette, Cpl (Ag.) Mohammed and members of the TTDF.
The operation was carried out by Sgt Cadette and Cpl (Ag) Mohammed of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, along with several officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF).
Police said the driver positively identified the man, who was taken into police custody.
The TTPS said the suspect, a 45-year-old man of no fixed place of abode, is expected to be charged sometime this week with several offences in connection with the incident.