22-Y-0 bandit drowns while fleeing from LBI residents after robbing 3 women
The body of a 22-year-old bandit was recovered by residents from a canal that separates LBI and Chateau Margot on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) on Saturday morning shortly after he and two others robbed three women.
Dead is Shamar Charles known as ‘Tanny’ of Plaintain Walk, Triumph Village, ECD and Agricola, East Bank Demerara; police said his body was positively identified by his mother.
According to a police report, Charles and two of his accomplices, armed with a handgun, invaded the LBI house of the women at around 10:35hrs.
They robbed a 56-year-old female of two gold rings valued at $220,000, $20,000 in cash and one Samsung S7 smartphone valued at $60,000; a 27-year-old female was robbed of one Samsung S10 Plus cellphone valued at $200,000 and a 23-year-old female was robbed of a gold chain valued at $22,000.
Police said that the first victim was sitting in the lower flat at her dining table when one of the suspects entered the lower flat from the opened door. He approached her and demanded cash and jewellery. The two other suspects – one of whom was armed with a handgun – entered the lower flat, assaulted the first victim and demanded cash and jewelry.
She then took off the two rings and gave them to him and started to scream. The other victims who were in the upper flat came downstairs and the gunman then took the second victim to the upper flat and demanded more valuables.
The third victim was relieved of her gold chain but she managed to run out of the house and alerted neighbours who raised an alarm.
The three suspects ran out of the house and exited the yard by jumping the fence and ran west on foot while a burgundy motor car (registration number unknown) drove off west on the street.
Public-spirited citizens gave chase and were joined by responding mobile patrol; the suspects then jumped into the canal.
Two of the suspects made good their escape while Charles went under the water. A search was conducted by public-spirited citizens and the body was eventually recovered in an unconscious state.
The body was examined and no marks of violence were seen on the most exposed parts, the police said. The body was escorted by ranks of the Beterverwagting Police Station to the CC Nicholson Hospital.
A search was conducted on Charles’ body and a red bandana, two gold rings, $980 and a UG student ID card, and a black Pro cellular phone were found in his possession.
The two gold rings and the UG Student ID card were identified by the victims as their property. Investigations are ongoing.