Bandits who traded bullets with police were on a robbery spree

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Five bandits, four of whom were eventually nabbed by police officers, were on a robbery spree early Thursday morning. They robbed four persons and hijacked one man’s car, Police Headquarters said in a release.

The five bandits were identified as: 18-year-old Emmanuel Hale, 32-year-old Hamza Samuels called Bad Coolie, Rawle Franklyn called Rawle Dog, Andrew Newyear called Blackboy and Romario Hudson called Mario.

Hale and Samuels were questioned by investigators on Friday and confessed their involvement while providing details of how the night unfolded.

According to the release, Hale was working at the Dawn Cari Hotel and at about 18:00 hrs on Thursday the other men came to pick him up. They all went into Hudson’s car and travelled to Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara.

There, Franklyn, Hudon and Samuels, all armed with handguns, exited Hudson’s car and went towards a white motorcar that was parked with the windows down. The man inside the car was held at gunpoint and subsequently, placed into the trunk.

The men then joined the motorcar and proceeded to ‘B’ Field Sophia. Newyear and Hale followed behind in Hudson’s car.

On arrival at Sophia, they handed over Mario’s car to someone identified as “Foxy”. Hale and Newyear then joined the hijacked car and the entire group drove to 10th street Cummings Lodge.

And that was when the robbery spree started.

At Cummings Lodge, Franklyn, Newyear and Samuels exited the vehicle and held a man at gunpoint. They relieved him of a wallet containing $10,000 cash and a cellular phone.

The group then proceeded to Ogle, Airstrip Road where they held up 53-year-old Madan Ramdeo of Cummings Lodge and a female who was in a motorcar. The duo was relieved of cash and cellular phones.

Later, the men went to Campbell  Avenue, Campbellville where, in the vicinity of Tropical View Hotel, they robbed a 43-year-old businessman of Toronto, Canada who was at the time sleeping in motor car PAB 8078. The men then took out a  haversack containing money, a  cell phone and a passport.

After that, the men proceeded to Lamaha Street, Queenstown where they saw a man in a Tundra vehicle. They held him at gunpoint and relieved him of a cellular phone and $25,000 cash.

The group then proceeded to the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) in search of more targets.

While in the vicinity of Houston, EBD, however, they saw a police patrol and they drove to Agricola to evade the police.

Shortly after, it was reported that the men attempted to return to Georgetown. They were, however, intercepted by police officers at Hunter Street and Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, in the vicinity of DSL.

There, the vehicle crashed into the rail and the men were subsequently arrested by officers.

The gun initially retrieved by the police at the crime scene.

Hale and Samuels also admitted to several other robberies under arms, the police said.

Samuels also stated that he was armed with a handgun and after they were trying to escape from the police he hid the firearm in a yard. As a result, officers went with him to the said area at lot 110 West Ruimveldt Estate Housing Scheme, where he pointed out the location and a 9MM Taurus Pistol without magazine and a 9MM ammunition was found.

A search was also conducted at the home of 43-year-old Georgiana Grant of lot 345 D Field Sophia. She is the mother of Hudson. Two magazines along with sixteen live 9MM ammunition and twelve .32 ammunition along with three televisions, one HP laptop computer, four cellular phones and 2,529 grams of cannabis were found in the house in Grant’s presence.

Checks were made for Hudson but he was not located.

All the items were lodged. Further questioning continues.

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