Four suspects charged over Cummings Lodge robberies

Four men were yesterday remanded to prison after being charged over the armed robberies at Cummings Lodge on Monday.

Orlando Samuels, 22, Ricardo April, 22, Quincy Bentick, 22 and Jamal Munroe, 17 were remanded to prison by Magistrate Alex Moore at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.

Samuels and April were jointly charged with robbery-under-arms, committed on Vivian Rookhum and Frederick Cheong. Samuels and Munroe were jointly charged with robbery-under-arms committed on Mohamed Khan, police said. Samuels was also charged with possession of firearm and ammunition without licence and robbery under arms committed on Savitri Bhola. Bentick and April were charged with robbery with violence committed on Akbar Ali and Amanda Bovell, police said.

Police had said the men were arrested after the robberies.
The first attack occurred around 4:30am on Rookhum, 31, and his brother Cheong, 30, who were held up in their home at 9th Field, Cummings Lodge.

They were held up by two men, armed with a handgun and a cutlass, who entered the building through an open door, police said.

The armed men took away their jewellery, a laptop computer, two cell phones and a bicycle and escaped.

Some 20 minutes after the attack on the brothers, at approximately 4:50am, three men launched an attack on businessman Khan, 42, at his 7th Field, Cummings Lodge home.

Khan, police said, was in his motor lorry when he was confronted by three men, two of whom were armed with a handgun and a cutlass.

Khan’s brother was also robbed during the ordeal. They took with them US$16,440 and $255,000 before escaping.

Six men and two women were later apprehended in a house in the village some time later in the day with articles that were reportedly stolen during the robberies.

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