‘Don King’ arrested with unlicensed pistol, ammo


Police in Region Seven have arrested a 32-year-old Bartica resident for the alleged illegal possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol and six live matching rounds of ammunition.

Police Headquarters reported that at about 10:48 hrs on Friday, acting on information received, three ranks intercepted motor vehicle #PAB 8976 at First Street Bartica, driven at the time by Whitney Welcome, called ‘Don King’, of First Avenue Bartica.

According to the Police, Welcome drove away and headed to Mongrippa Hill, Bartica, where he sought refuge in the office of a 30-year-old businessman, with the ranks in pursuit. The ranks caught up with him inside the businessman’s office.

“When questioned, the businessman related to the ranks that Whitney Welcome ran into his office and put a firearm under his counter,” the Police report noted.

According to the report, one of the ranks searched and found a black 9MM Pistol containing six live matching rounds of ammunition.

“The serial number on the firearm was filed off and the maker’s name was not visible. Whitney Welcome was told of the offence he committed, cautioned and admitted ownership of the firearm. He was arrested and escorted with the firearm to Bartica Police Station. The firearm was marked, sealed and lodged in his presence. Welcome is presently in custody pending charges,” the Police said.

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