Swift action by Emergency Response Patrol (ERP) officers operating in the Northern Division, led to the arrest of three robbery suspects and the seizure of two firearms along with a quantity of ammunition in Arima last night.
According to police reports, at around 11:54 pm on January 16th, officers were on patrol in the Northern Division when they responded to a report of a robbery in progress, at a private residence on Savannah Drive, Arima Old Road, Arima.
Central Division Police Officers continued their crackdown on illegal guns and drugs with another anti-crime exercise on Thursday 16 January 2020.
During the exercise, officers proceeded to Bolai Trace East, Chase Village, where they conducted a search of a bushy area, which resulted in the discovery of two revolvers and three rounds of ammunition.
Quantities of marijuana and cocaine also were found.
Heritage Petroleum Company Limited says the public will have limited access to the field roads in Santa Flora, pending the roll out of improved security measures.
Recent reports suggest an increase in attempted robberies on motorists commuting through the area.
According to a release issued by the company, the Santa Flora field road located at Lot 10, the field road located at Bennet Village, as well as the Forest Reserve field road, will be closed off to the public between the hours of 6 pm and 5 am.
“Recent rhetoric and deflection on the part of the National Security Minister is not helpful and borders on propaganda…”
That assessment from UWI political scientist, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, as he commented on the minister's statements about deliberately orchestrated acts of terror, during yesterday's Post-Cabinet News Briefing.
Dr Ragoonath also is Chairman of the Committee for Responsible Political Behaviour.
According to Dr Ragoonath, rather than engaging in propaganda, Government needs to start delivering some real results from its various anti-crime strategies.
Another murder was recorded in Arima on Thursday night.
According to a police report, at about 8.30 pm, 43-year-old Julien Caleb was standing at the corner of Eastern Main Road and Kingdom Avenue when a gunman walked up to him and shot him dead.
Julien Caleb was the third resident from Malabar to be killed in the last 12 days.
Police said Caleb lived at Richard Street in Malabar and was a barber.
Former National Security Minister, Jack Warner, says it is time that Government officially activates a State of Emergency (SoE), to deal with the crime crisis in the country.
Mr Warner was reacting to news of the most recent incidents of gang violence in the capital city, Port of Spain.
He believes the authorities here need to take a page out of the Jamaica playbook with targeted SoEs in hotspot areas, in order to get a handle on gang violence.
Police foiled a robbery at a Chinese supermarket in San Fernando on Wednesday night resulting in the arrest of two suspects.
The men are from La Romaine and Morvant.
The family of Aaron 'Max' Broomes—one of the two men shot dead in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday—is today saying he was not involved in any criminal activities.
The 29-year-old father of two was shot dead with Kayode ‘Toes’ Donawa by gunmen just after 2 pm at Queen and Nelson Street. His family is questioning the gunmen's gain.
"They just causing people pain, that's all they doing," one relative said.
"They getting on like they don't have a family to," she continued.
One of the suspects involved in the kidnapping of two medical doctors yesterday has died at the San Fernando General Hospital, while another remains warded under police guard.
19-year-old Akeem Marine of Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, succumbed to his injuries around 7:00 am today.