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GPF Makes Dent in Criminal Gang Activities ─ Eliminates Five Heavily Armed Bandits

Guyana is now safer with the elimination of five bandits who were this morning fatally wounded during a standoff with the police.

The police have identified them as Timothy St. Hill, Levi Brathwaite, Andrew Daly, Ian Forde and Jermaine Doobay.

Around 03:00hrs. officers from the Anti-crime Patrol in “C” Division along with Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) plainclothes patrol, who were in Sophia, responded to Lot 8&9 Turkeyen after receiving a 911 call from a male who reported hearing breaking sounds emanating from the lower flat of his premises.

Commissioner of Police (ag), David Ramnarine during a press conference today, told the media that officers from two patrols responded and proceeded to the location with caution. Two men with rifles were observed in the yard and were challenged by the police. The men and police exchanged gunfire which resulted in the deaths of both suspects. Ramnarine stated, “a third man that was on the premises ran out of it and was caught the exchange of the fire, and he collapsed on the ground.”

He added that “seconds after” a white motor car drove up and two males exited and engaged the officers in a shootout. They two were fatally shot. The ranks recovered two magazines taped together, an AK47, a number of live rounds, three cellphones, a pair of gloves, a nipper, a crowbar, two warheads and a taupe. Twenty-four spent shells of different calibers were also recovered.

Ramnarine commended the ranks: “Their bravery will not go unnoticed it is highly commendable under fire. They did not back off, they did not retreat in the name of law and order in ensuring that public safety is assured.”

Just recently, Ramnarine announced that the force saw a 17 percent reduction in serious crimes for the period June 2017 to July 2018 as compared to the period July 2016 to June 2017.

  July 2016 to June 2017 June 2017 to July 2018 Percentage Decrease
Murder 133 91 32%
Robbery under arms with a firearm 757 651 14%
Robbery under arms with the use of an instrument  303 219 28%
Robbery with violence 138 118 18%
Larceny from the person  155 94 39%
Burglary 220 203  8%
Break and enter and larceny 1145 939 18%

By: Anara Khan

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