Suspects arrested for separate robberies, chopping

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Police have arrested two suspects who chopped and robbed their victims at No. 58 Village, Corentyne, Berbice and Parika Sea Dam, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) on Sunday night.

In the first incident, which occurred at about 21:00hrs at of No. 58 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, Police said 21-year-old labourer Eric Haripersaud, known as “Mikey” was heading home after a birthday party when he was attacked by a man called “Rasta,” a man who is known to him.

Haripersaud told the police that “Rasta” came up behind him and placed a cutlass to his left side neck before relieving him of one Samgsung Galaxy S5 cellular phone valued $28,000 and $15,000 in cash.

The suspect cut him to the neck with the cutlass and fled the scene.

Haripersaud alerted his friends and was taken to the Skeldon Public Hospital where he was treated and sent away after which he went to the Springlands Police Station and made a report.

Police said “Rasta” was later found at his home where he was told of the allegation, cautioned and arrested. A search was carried out at the home of the suspect for the stolen items, but none was found. He remains in custody assisting with investigation.

In the second incident, which occurred at Parika Sea Dam, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), 30-year-old labourer Jerome Samuels was robbed of $87,000 in cash.

Samuels, who resides on the Linden Highway, was drinking alcohol at the location when Police said he was approached by the suspect who was armed with a cutlass. The suspect, later identified as another Labourer of Parika Sea Dam, EBE, demanded a haversack containing the cash.

Though Samuels handed over the haversack, the suspect still chopped him to the left hand and escaped on foot.

Samuels reported the matter and was escorted to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was treated and sent away.

Police said several persons were questioned in the area an acting on information received, a 30-year-old Labourer was arrested.

He is also in custody assisting with the investigation.

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