Monday, January 22, 2018

Roadblock nets five suspects

Woman shot in St Joseph

Five men are in custody after they were held by police mere moments after allegedly shooting a 48-year-old woman in her chest on Monday night. 

At about 11 p.m., a silver Nissan Cube vehicle pulled up in front of the home of Roberta Hinds in Maracas, St Joseph.  Three men got out of the vehicle, walked to the front of the home and called out the name of one of Hinds’ male relatives. 

In response to the call, the woman got up and pulled back the curtains of her home to investigate. 

One of the men then pulled a firearm and shot at the figure they saw in the window. 

The three men then ran back to the car and fled the scene. 

Hinds, police said, fell to the floor clutching her chest. 

Relatives at the home, alerted by the sound of the gunshots, rushed to render assistance and notified the police, as well as emergency health services. 

Hinds was rushed to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mt Hope and was treated.

An all points bulletin (APB) was put out by the police and a party of officers from St Joseph Police Station and the Northern Division Task Force, including Sgt Joseph, PC Beharry, PC Wynn and PC Bartholomew, among others, responded. 

A roadblock was set up and the officers were able to intercept a vehicle which matched the description given in the APB. 

In the car, they found five men—a 21-year-old from Chrissie Terrace, Enterprise; a 21-year-old from Zion Hill, Maracas, St Joseph; a 17-year-old from Tait Madoo Trace, Freeport; and a 23-year-old and 19-year-old, both from Longdenville.  

The officers also found a .38 revolver with four rounds of .38 ammunition and all five men were immediately detained and taken to the St Joseph station. 

They are expected to be placed on identification parades today, following which they will be charged with the offences. 

Up to press time yesterday, Hinds, police said, was in serious but stable condition at the hospital. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Carlton Alleyne and Senior Superintendent David Abraham, Divisional Commander of the Northern Division, verbally commended the officers involved in the exercise, including Sgt Joseph, PC Beharry, PC Wynn, and PC Bartholomew.

 The senior officers said the action of the lawmen was exemplary, as they placed their lives on the line in the execution of their duties and they set an example which other officers in the division and the Police Service could follow. 

This was the 97th firearm seized in the Northern Division for the year to date