3 Armed Roobbers Grabbed

BeatenThree members of a robbery gang who beat up a policeman, snatched his AK 47 assault rifle and used it to rob some Chinese, have been arrested by the police.

Eric Ampong, 30; Oppong Awuah, 27, and Kwame Appiah,25, together with three others now on the run, were said to have assaulted Constable Emmanuel Kwasi Affoh who was detailed to escort two Chinese, Jack Li, engineer, and one other, who were carting unprocessed gold from their mining site at Manso Mpatasie to Manso Nkwanta on July 27, 2014.

They were said to have laid ambush between Mpatasie and Odaho and shot one of the tyres of the Mitsubishi pick-up truck, with registration number GE 1893-13, on which the policeman and the Chinese were travelling.

Deputy Commissioner of Police DCOP Kofi Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, who briefed newsmen in Kumasi yesterday, on the incident, said the suspects  assaulted the policeman and the Chinese and robbed the Chinese of their phones and GH¢500 cash

He said they hid the weapon at some mining site said to belong to Ampong, at Mpatasie, from where the police retrieved it on July 31, and succeeded in arresting the three on August 17, 2014, while the rest are on the run and being pursued by the police.

In a related development, DCOP Boakye said four other suspects have been arrested in connection with an alleged robbery and car snatching in some parts of the Kumasi metropolis.

The suspected robbers, Musah Kassim, 56, driver; Mohammed Oliver, 51, trader, Yusif  Musah, 31; galamseyer and Alidu Issifu, 25, farmer, were said to have been sprinkling pepper into their victims’ eyes  before robbing them.

According to DCOP Boakye, the suspects, with one other on the run, behaved like mourners and robbed their victims.

He said they hired a Toyota Hiace bus, with registration number GT 1727-14 driven by Eric Bediako to convey them to Mankesim in the Central Regional at an agreed fare of GH¢6, 070 and made part payment of GH¢300 on August 16, 2014 at about 8 p.m. and asked the driver to pick them up at Mbrom the same day.

He said on  reaching a spot at Pakyi Number Two,  Kassim asked to be allowed to attend to a nature’s call and when the driver stopped, the suspects pounced on him and one of them pulled out a pistol and threatened to kill him if he shouted for help.

The suspects, subsequently tied his hands with a rope and sealed his mouth with an insulation tape and abandoned him by the roadside and sped off with the car. A report was made to the police who arrested them at the weekend.

Other suspects arrested included Samuel Yeboah, 30, driver, for armed robbery on the Obuasi road, and Joseph Kwaku Derry, 28, farmer, for illegal possession of fire arms and armed robbery attack on the Anwia Nkwanta –Obuasi road.

They are all being processed for court.

From Kingsley E. Hope,Kumasi

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