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Bandit shot dead, another in ICU

Police detain 99 in South

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

 TWO men who had robbed a Rio Claro pen­sioner were shot by police officers in May­aro on Friday night.

Kevon Charles, of Tableland, was killed and a 25-year-old man is a patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the Sangre Grande Hospital.

Police said it was around 7 p.m. the two men, one with a gun and the other with a knife, went to a house in Rio Claro where they robbed a man of several items.

They tied him up and escaped in his Nissan B14 car.

A report was made to the Rio Claro police and an all-points bulletin was released.

Officers led by In­spec­tor Dodhai later inter­cep­ted the car during a roadblock at Mafeking Junction, Mayaro.

The driver attempted to escape when he saw the police but crashed into a parked vehicle.

Police said the men ran from the car, pointing a gun at officers. In an attempt to disarm them, the officers fired at the men.

Charles was pro­nounced dead on arrival at the Mayaro Health Facility while the other man, also of Tableland, was transferred to the Sangre Grande Hospital.

Police recovered a sawed-off shot-gun and three live cartridges at the scene.

All the stolen items were recovered.

In an unrelated inci­dent in San Fernando, around 4.30 a.m. on Fri-

­day, a 25-year-old mecha­nic and a 31-year-old wo­man, both of Thornhill Street, Cocoyea, were arrested after a search warrant executed at their home led to police finding a .45 pistol with two maga­zines and 12 rounds of ammunition hidden in a bag in a bedroom. 

Road traffic exercises conducted by the ten sta­tions in the Southern Division and co-ordinated by senior Superintendent Cecil Santana, ASP Mo­ham­med, Inspector Gajad­har and other officers from Friday to yesterday morning led to 78 people being held.

Eight were arrested for narcotic offences and 14

for driving under the in­flu­ence of alcohol. A total of 51 warrants were exe­cuted and 79 tickets were issued for traffic violations.

And police officers from the the La Brea Police Station found 356 grammes of cocaine in a bag hidden beneath the dashboard of a car after they intercepted the vehicle along the Sou­th-

ern Main Road in Rou­sillac, around 2 p.m. on Thursday. The driver, a 30-year-old labourer from Caroni, was arrested. 

And during a 14-hour exercise in the Point Fortin area, between Thursday and Friday, co-ordinated by senior Superintendent Lewis, acting ASP Basdeo, Inspectors Jagroop and Harry and members of the Point Fortin Police Station and the South-Western Division Task Force, 20 people were arrested for narcotics offences and outstanding warrants. 

 
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