Female armed robbery mastermind arrested

DCOP Kofi Boakye .

DCOP Kofi Boakye .

Police in the Ashanti Region have arrested a 28-year old woman, for allegedly masterminding a robbery that led to the death of a police officer, Corporal Frank Essel, at the Open Space Hotel at Denkyembouso, Kumasi last month.

The woman, identified as Abena Serwaa, is believed to have contracted the two robbers who carried out the robbery at the hotel.

The suspects robbed victims of their valuables, shot and killed the police corporal, and injured a male receptionist at the hotel on May 20.

The Police subsequently placed a GHc 5,000 bounty on the killers of Corporal Essel who are on the run.

Addressing journalists yesterday, the Deputy Ashanti Police Commander, ACP Ampofo Duku, revealed that Abena Serwaa specifically directed the robbers to some occupants of the hotel, who she believed were carrying large sums of money.

ACP Ampofo Duku also revealed that the items found on Abena Serwaa when she was arrested at Asafo BB spot included an amount of GHc1,487, substances believed to be marijuana and medical supplies.

The police said they were hopeful Abena Serwaa would assist them to arrest the two who committed the robbery and also killed the police officer.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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