Crime & Punishment of 2014-01-03

Suspected armed robber killed in shootout

A suspected armed robber was last Monday killed in a shootout with the police at the Bonwire Junction in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality.

The deceased, believed to be in his mid-twenties and of Fulani extraction, together with his accomplices, allegedly blocked the road and robbed motorists of their valuables.

Personnel of the Police Mobile Patrol Unit, who responded to a distress call, returned the fire of the suspected armed robbers, resulting in the death of the suspect, who is yet to be identified.

Briefing

Briefing newsmen in Kumasi yesterday, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Augustine Gyening, said items retrieved from the scene included four spent AAA cartridges and a jack knife.

He also said the other suspected armed robbers managed to escape. He has, therefore, appealed to the public to be on the lookout for any suspicious character within their vicinity and to quickly inform the police.

Kidnapping

With the exception of an alleged kidnapping case which turned out to be a hoax, Mr Gyening said the metropolis recorded no major crime during the yuletide.

Throwing more light on the kidnapping incident, he said the alleged victim, a 17-year old senior high schoolgirl in one of the popular schools in the metropolis, went to her boyfriend and tried to play a prank by claiming that she was kidnapped.

He said a day before the school vacated, the girl’s guardian called to know when to pick her up, but she was said to have told him that the school had been organising a carol’s night and that she wanted to attend it.

The following day, when the guardian called again, she allegedly told him that she was on a metro mass bus on her way home.

Mr Gyenning said later when the guardian called again, she told him that she had been kidnapped and that the kidnappers were asking for GH¢3, 000.00 before they release her.

He said the family later contacted the police who managed to get to the girl and “from our interrogation, we realised that she had not been kidnapped but was rather with her boyfriend.”