Friday, October 18, 2013
ROBBER GUNNED DOWN, 2 OTHERS ARRESTED AT ABEKA LAPAZ , ACCRA GHANA
A suspected armed robber was, on Wednesday, killed while two others were arrested by the police after the gang attempted to escape with a stolen Toyota Corolla taxi at Abeka Lapaz, Accra. The cab was suspected t o have been snatched from its owner at Tema.
The dead has been identified as Grant aka Francis while the two surviving suspects are Yaw Dormekpor, 32 and Desmond Bimpeh, 22.
The fourth person, name withheld, managed to escape arrest and is now being wanted by the police.
Weapons retrieved from the deceased included one locally manufactured pistol, three AA cartridges and the ignition key of the snatched taxi.
The two surviving suspects are ex-convicts who were released from prison on October 10, 2013.
Briefing the media, DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, the Accra Regional Police Commander, together with Chief Superintendent Frank Adufati, the Regional Crime Officer said the Accra Regional Police received a message from the police about a four-man gang that had snatched a Toyota taxi with registration number GC4728-12, green and yellow in colour, from its owner at Tema and heading towards Accra.
The regional police patrol team on duty acted upon the information and spotted the suspects with the vehicle at a drinking spot at Abofu near Achimota.
Two of the suspects, including the deceased, who were armed, managed to escape with the ignition key of the vehicle while police managed to arrest Yaw and Desmond.
On October 16, 2013 around 1:30am police invaded the hideout of the other two but upon seeing the police, the suspects opened fire.
The police returned fire in defence and in the process Grant was hit by a bullet. However, the other, again managed to escape arrest.
They retrieved a locally manufactured pistol and cartridges upon a search on the Grant.
The deceased was later identified by his accomplices as the one who had led them to commit the crime.
Police investigations also revealed that Yaw was released last Thursday after he had served a 10-year sentence for robbery at Nsawam Medium Prisons.
The deceased robber was also an ex-convict who was freed under the Justice For All programme.
Police are now looking for the fourth suspect who managed to escape arrest.
Earlier, the Accra Regional Police impounded 23 unregistered motorbikes supposed to be used by suspected armed robbers in committing crime.
DCOP Yohuno explained that of late police had observed that armed robbers use unregistered motorbikes and motorbikes with fake registration number plates to commit crime.
He said between 7:00pm and 9:00pm, police conducted a swoop at Adabraka “Old timers” area where the suspects had parked the motorbikes and making merry.
Upon seeing the police, the owners abandoned the motorbikes and bolted. All the motorbikes are now in the custody of the police.
By Linda Tenyah I Daily Guid