Two suspected armed robbers arrested in Takoradi

Mr Asante-Apeatu - IGP

Mr Asante-Apeatu – IGP

Two suspected armed robbers, Bartholomew Jesse, 24, alias ‘Ahow’ and Bernard Azure, 25, are in the grips of the police for allegedly robbing and maiming a ‘black market currency operator’  in Takoradi, last Saturday.

The two alleged robbers purportedly inflicted machete wounds on their victim who was identified as Haruna Umar, before robbing him of huge sums of money.

ASP Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, Western Regional Police Public Relations officer, who made this known to the media in Takoradi, said one Matthew Kwaw reported the incident to the Police on Saturday at 7.30pm.

She said the unfortunate incident occurred when Umar had closed from work and was riding his motorbike on his way home.

She said after committing the alleged barbaric act, the robbers dumped the victim and his motorbike at Lagos Town bus stop, on the Takoradi-Kwesimintsim road and bolted with the booty.

ASP Adiku said Mr Kwaw who  was  on his  way  home  from  Takoradi to Assakae, on reaching  Lagos Town bus stop, saw a young man about 40 years  old lying close to his  motorbike with  severe  cutlass  wounds.

She said Mr Kwaw quickly rushed the victim to the Effia-Nkwanta Government Hospital for treatment and later reported the incident to the Police who proceeded to the hospital after the report and met the victim at the theatre being attended to by doctors.

ASP Adiku said initial investigations into the case revealed that the victim’s assailants trailed him from the Takoradi Market Circle where the victim conducted his business.

“Due to the victim’s condition at the hospital,  he could  not  tell the police the  specific amount he was carrying.”

Narrating how the suspects were arrested, ASP Adiku said on Sunday, August 27, at 10am the police in Kwesimintsim upon information traced the two suspected armed robbers to their hideout and informed the Cape Coast police who effected their arrest.

The Kwesimintsim proceeded to the Cape Coast Regional Police Headquarters and met the suspects and Rose Gyedu, the mother of Bartholomew Jesse, who was alleged to have been given some of the stolen money.

“They were all arrested and an amount of GH¢34,966.00 was retrieved from them,” the police PRO said.

ASP Adiku said “the suspects admitted the offence when they were interrogated by the Crime Officer in Cape Coast in the presence of their relatives”.




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