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Suspected thief dies after stabbing himself during fight with victim

By GYASI GONZALES gyasi.gonzales@trinidadexpress.com

A thief stabbed himself with his own knife this morning during a fight with the man he had robbed moments before at the corner of French Street and Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook.

Police said that the incident happened around 5 a.m.
The would-be victim aged 23 and his friend aged 19 were walking east along Ariapita Avenue when they were approached by the thief who grabbed a gold chain off the neck of the 23-year-old man.

The police refused to name the victim as they fear he may be targeted by relatives or friends of the dead man.

The thief ran off after grabbing the chain but was chased by the 23-year-old who caught up with him along French Street. The two men struggled and the suspect pulled a knife and attempted to stab the man he just robbed. In the melee however the thief stabbed himself in the chest, police were told.

Realising what had happened, the would-be victim sought assistance from the police and eventually an ambulance was called to the scene.

The suspect was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Officers of the Central Police Station are investigating.
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