Monday, February 19, 2018

No bail for five charged with Chinese restaurant robbery


FIVE men arrested seconds after allegedly robbing a Chinese restaurant in Arouca were denied bail last week Friday by an Arima Magistrate.

The men, Samuel Roberts, 30, Jamal Roberts, 25, Dominic Alcantara, 19, Romeo Jude Blackman, 29 and Keon Patoe, 28 all of Beetham Gardens appeared before Arima Magistrate Debby Ann-Bassaw in the Arima Third Court after they were all charged the day before by PC Brent Bernard of the Northern Division Task Force (NDTF).

They were charged with robbery with violence, possession of firearm and ammunition.

Samuel Roberts was also charged with driving without a driver's permit, driving without certificate of insurance and use of fraudulent identification plate.

Alcantara, Jamal Roberts, and Blackman, were additionally charged with possession of an offensive weapon, while Alcantara was also charged with possession of marijuana and Blackman faced an additional charge of assaulting a police officer.

Patoe was also charged with disorderly behaviour.

It was alleged that four of the accused entered the Yiahao Chinese restaurant, Eastern Main Road, Arouca around 10.25 a.m. on January 7 where they announced a robbery and proceeded to hit the owner of the establishment several times about the body before fleeing the restaurant with $2,200.

As the men entered a Hyundai Elantra officers of the NDTF stopped behind their car and foiled their escape.

Officers searched the car and one Jennings pistol, along with one round of .22mm ammunition, a knife and the stolen cash, were discovered.