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Slain bandit may be linked to Popeyes shooting

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By Royan Abrams

The Police in ‘A’ Division have launched an investigation to determine whether the bandit killed in Berbice earlier in the week was responsible for the brazen attack on a money changer at Popeyes on Water Street, Stabroek, Georgetown on November 07, 2016.

According to the commander of ‘A’ Division Clifton Hicken, an investigation  has been launched and the police are also testing the weapon to see if it was used to execute other robberies in and out of the city.

Additionally, a photo was seen on the dead bandit’s Facebook profile with a newspaper bearing the headline of the shooting incidents involving the money changer at Popeyes along with a firearm similar to that which was recovered by the lawmen when the suspect was killed in Berbice.

Marks' facebook post
Marks’ facebook post

The slain man was identified by his mother Monica Marks just after midday on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, as ex-cop, 34-year-old Rondell Marks also known as “Blackie” of Suddie Housing Scheme, Essequibo.

He was killed following a shootout with police in Lochaber, West Canje, Berbice after he made an attempt to fire a shot towards ranks who were taken to his home by a farmer in connection with several stolen sheep.

On November 07, 2016 a money changer who was identified as 32-year-old Bishwanauth Nowbatt of 425 ‘C, Field Sophia was attacked by two identifiable male, one being armed with a hand gun.

News Room had reported that Nowbatt was sitting inside popeyes when the suspects approached him and demanded money. He refused and one of the suspects drew a firearm from his waist and discharged a round in his direction resulted in him being struck in the left side abdomen.

Investigations are ongoing.

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