|Abraham warns criminals, Stay out Central |
BY STACY MOORE Saturday, August 16 2014
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Snr Supt Johnny Abraham....
HAVING developed a reputation for being a no-nonsense crime fighter, Central Division head Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham repeated his warning to criminals to stay away from Central.
He made the statement moments after police officers, on Thursday night, shot and killed two armed bandits who earlier robbed a Couva woman of her Nissan Navara van valued at $250,000.
It is alleged that the men, in their attempt to evade capture, fired upon the police officers who responded to the robbery report. Abraham said: “I warn wrongdoers to stay away from Central please. But if they do come and they commit a crime, they must surrender peacefully. Once they engage my officers, we are going to deal with them decisively and I have been saying from time and time again. Some people take heed and they stay away. Others didn’t.”
One of the men killed has been identified as Beresford Asson of Sangre Grande while the other man is yet to be identified. Both were pronounced dead at the Chaguanas Health Facility. Police believe that the men followed the woman to her Roystonia, Couva home after leaving the Grand Bazaar Mall in Valsayn. When she arrived at her home at at about 9.50 pm, three men in a Toyota Corolla car blocked the gateway. Two of them emerged from the car and announced a hold-up.
The men, ordered the woman out of her vehicle and demanded that she hand over the keys to them. They entered the van and drove off while the third man drove off in the car. Police officers were contacted and a team, led by Abraham and including Sgt Benjamin, Cpl Persad and others, set up roadblocks at several points in the Couva district. Reports are that the men crashed the stolen van in Roystonia and jumped into the Toyota Corolla car driven by their accomplice.
They were spotted at St Mary’s Junction and turned the car around. Asson and the unidentified man fled the car and ran into some nearby bushes. They were pursued by police officers and a shootout ensued. The two were wounded in the exchange of gunfire and rushed to the Chaguanas Health Facility where they were pronounced dead. The third man escaped and a hunt is now on for him. A .38 revolver was recovered from the men.
Abraham commended the team, comprising of police officers from the Central and South Task Force, for their efforts in suppressing criminal activity in the Central Division. He also thanked members of the public who, he said, have been cooperating with the police by providing information. In an effort to protect the victim and her family, Abraham was adamant that her identity will not be made public.