Former cops caught in car with suspected gang leader granted bail
Three former Policemen, including suspected gang leader Teon Allen known as ‘Spoil Child’ were slapped with a series of charges on Wednesday, including discharging a loaded firearm at a Police Inspector.
Allen was charged jointly with 26-year-old Jason Gonsalves of Kitty, Georgetown and 24-year-old Shaquille Grant of Sophia before City Magistrate Faith McGusty.
Allen is still a patient at a city hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound and was charged in absentia.
The first three charges alleged that on November 26, 2019, at Houston East Bank Demerara, the three men had a 9MM pistol along with 16 matching rounds and seven .45 ammunition in their possession when they are not holders of firearm licenses.
The final charge alleged that on the same day in question, the trio discharged a loaded firearm at Police Inspector Mohan Khan. The men pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Gonsalves and Grant were represented by Attorney-at-law Ronald Daniels, in his bail application, argued that his clients were passengers in the ‘taxi’ that was being driven by Allen.
Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman told the court that on the day in question, the Police set up a roadblock at Houston after receiving certain intelligence.
It is alleged that Allen drove his car through the roadblock and the Police gave chase when the men inside the car discharged several rounds in the direction of the Police.
The Police returned fire which resulted in Allen being shot after which the car careened off the road and ended up crashing into a nearby trench.
The Prosecutor told the court that Allen was found with the firearm in his hand.
Despite objections raised by the Prosecutor, Gonsalves and Grant were released on $240,000 bail each and will return to court January 8.
Allen is a well-known criminal character and has been on the Police’s radar for quite some time.
He was charged in 2017 for harbouring two wanted men who broke out of the Camp Street prison on July 9, 2017.
In September this year, he was charged for discharging a firearm with intent to commit murder and was released on $50,000 bail.
A wanted bulletin was issued for him in connection with the attempted murder of Denise Grant and Tiffany McDeth, in Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10 on September 2, 2019.
Allen is believed to be the leader of a notorious gang that has been wreaking havoc in Linden and on the East Bank of Demerara.