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22.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Tarkwa Police arrest four suspected armed robbers

By gna

The Tarkwa Police has arrested four suspected armed robbers, who mounted a road block on the Tarkwa Bogoso road and took passengers of their mobile phones and money.

They are a 33-year old Indian hemp (wee) seller, Kofi Iddrisu, alias Lucky Dube, unemployed, Francis Quasi, 22, a taxi driver, John Amihere Somnia, 34, galamsey operator and Peter Blaise, 22, a driver.

ASP Nelson Asamani, Tarkwa Divisional Crime Officer, who told the press on Friday, said all the four resides at Prestea.

According to him, on Wednesday, 19th March at dawn, between 0100 hours and 0200 hours, three of the suspects, Iddrisu, Quasi and Amihere wore masks on their faces and mounted a road block at a spot near Awudua junction on the Tarkwa-Bogoso road.

He said the three wielding guns, ordered passengers on board vehicles which arrived there to lie down and collected their mobile phones and money.

The robbers, ASP Asamani said, ordered one of the drivers to drive them in one of the seized vehicles (a KIA Sportage) to Abosso near Tarkwa but stopped on the way and asked the driver to run away.

According to the driver, he went to hide in the bush but later saw that the three had abandoned the vehicle leaving the ignition key, so he drove it back to where they were robbed.

ASP Asamani said upon a tip-off, the police quickly rushed to the scene followed a taxi cab with registration number AW 2692 Z which the robbers boarded.

He said when they saw the police following them they stop the tax cab and ran into a bush.

ASP Asamani said through radio announcements, the owner of the tax cab called the police after the driver had gone to report matter to him (owner).

He said the police found out that the robbers earlier had used the fourth suspect, Peter Blaise's taxi with registration number WR 956 X for their operation.

ASP Asamani said the Police was still investigating and called on the victims who wee robbed to report at Tarkwa Police Station to help in the investigation.