Three men posing as passengers in a Route 42 minibus were yesterday morning arrested shortly after they allegedly robbed the driver and several passengers at gunpoint of a quantity of cash and valuables at McDoom, East Bank Demerara.
Stabroek News understands that the incident occurred around 10am, minutes after the suspects and other passengers boarded the minibus at the Stabroek Market bus park.
Investigations, the police said, revealed that as the vehicle approached McDoom, the suspects requested to be dropped off at Middle Street, Mc Doom.
As the bus stopped for them to disembark, one of the suspects whipped out a firearm and relieved the driver of $4000 cash and the other victims of two cell phones and their handbags containing valuables and fled.
The police in a press release said that the suspect was apprehended in a house at Agricola, EBD after being pursued by ranks of a mobile patrol. “A passing police patrol commanded by a police corporal pursued the suspects and soon after arrested them in a house”, the statement said.
At the time of arrest, “the suspect with the firearm, was comfortably covered with a sheet, pretending to be sleeping whilst the others in whose possession the stolen items were found, were relaxing as if nothing ever happened”, the statement added.
One of the suspects, the police said was previously implicated in a similar robbery which occurred recently.
An unlicensed revolver, which was alleged used to commission the crime was found on one of the suspects. Several stolen items including, two shoulder bags and two purses were also recovered.