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Two female suspects have been
arrested in connection with Tuesday's
murder of Chinese national Hi Hong
Huang, while another two were being
pursued up to late yesterday.
Hong Huang, 35, was fatally shot as
he struggled with two bandits during
a robbery outside his business, the Hap-
piness Supermarket, Southern Main
CCTV footage revealed he was shot
by one of the men as he attempted to
wrestle with another to prevent them
escaping with a box containing approx-
Both suspects were said to be
Jamaican nationals and were held at
the Piarco International Airport yes-
terday. The female suspects were said
to have worked as security guards at
the grocery. The two male suspects
involved in the robbery/murder are
believed to have flown out the country
Police said the suspects got way with
$80,000 and while they recovered some
of it they believe some had also already
been wired to Jamaica.
An autopsy performed on Wednesday
confirmed that Hong Huang died as a
result of a bullet to the chest.
During a telephone interview yes-
terday, National Security Minister Carl
Alfonso confirmed that the arrest took
place less than 24 hours after the rob-
Alfonso said he met with a four-
member delegation from the Chinese
embassy, which included Chinese
ambassador Xingyan Huang, at 8 am
yesterday at his Temple Court, Port-
Saying that the meeting had gone
"well," Alfonso added: "I think they
are satisfied that the police are doing
what they have to do."
Also present at the meeting was an
Assistant Police Commissioner (ACP)
and the policeman mandated to spear-
head the investigation.
Declining to reveal the names of the
two officers, Alfonso assured the matter
was being treated with the highest pri-
ority by the Police Service.
Pointing out that ambassador Huang
and his colleagues did not express con-
cerns that the Chinese community was
under attack by criminals, Alfonso
added: "It was a robbery that ended
tragically but I don't believe it was tar-
geted specifically at the Chinese com-
Extending condolences to Huang's
family on Government's behalf, Alfonso
also commended the police involved
for their quick work in holding the
Echoing Alfonso's claims that the
fatal robbery could not be viewed as
an attack on the Chinese community,
several members of the Chinese Asso-
ciation agreed yesterday it was an iso-
Requesting that his name not be
published, the prominent businessman,
who is a senior member of the asso-
ciation and who spoke very little Eng-
lish, said: "I am feeling very bad because
the Chinese have been here in T&T for
more than 209 years.
"I hope that the Government and
national security can protect the Chi-
nese. They need to catch the murderers,
catch them soon."
Meanwhile, another official of the
association, who also spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity, said: "I am unwilling
to say that Chinese business owners
are being targeted by criminals as there
have been no such incidents in a while."
The statue of Francisco de
Miranda, which was stolen on
Tuesday from the Chaguaramas
Military and Aviation Museum,
was recovered on Wednesday
night along the road to Mac-
But while the statue itself was
recovered the base of the bust
The owners of the museum
now estimate that repairs to the
damaged statue will cost approx-
"I am so happy to get it back.
It is nice to know we got it back.
"Apparently he (Miranda) is
happy because he is smiling. My
husband was really in a mess
when the statue was stolen. Now
he is so happy," museum president
Linda Kelshall said yesterday.
On Tuesday museum staff
were left in shock after they dis-
covered the statue was missing.
The thieves stole the bust some
time over the long Easter week-
end, it is believed, and left an
empty beer bottle on the pedestal
in its place.
General Francisco de Miranda
was a war hero in the South
American revolution. The bust of
his image was donated to the
museum by the Venezuelan
embassy in 2006 in honour of
the bicentennial of Miranda's
departure from Trinidad in 1806.
Yesterday, Kelshall said around
6.45 pm on Tuesday she received
an anonymous call from a private
number. The caller informed her
if she drove along the road to
Macqueripe Bay she would find
the statue in the grass.
Kelshall alerted her staff and
they made the trip and discovered
the bust under garbage bags in
grass along the roadway.
"It will cost us some money to
get it repaired. We need to have
it polished. The damage to the
head of the statue will cost us
$15,000 to get it back to the con-
dition it originally was," Kelshall
The only part that was not
recovered was the plate the bust
was resting on. Kelshall estimated
that the plate weighed a quarter
tonne and she believes it was sold
for scrap metal.
This was the second major theft
at the museum. In August of 2013,
thieves also broke into the muse-
um and stole two historic
weapons, a Japanese sword used
in World War I in India and a SAR
Kelshall said yesterday the
museum would be improving its
security to ensure such an event
did not occur again.
She said the museum planned
to put the bust back on display
as soon as it was restored.
Chinese businessman's murder...
Saying a meeting has been
arranged by the Chinese Embassy
for 2.30 pm on Sunday at the
Chinese Society headquarters in
Port-of-Spain, officials said the
incident would feature prominently
on the agenda.
Noting that the meeting had been
planned prior to Tuesday's incident,
the association's members said:
"We will leave it up to the police."
In extending condolences to Hong
Huang's family, president of the
Greater Tunapuna Chamber of
Industry and Commerce (GTCIC)
David Edwards expressed regret
over the loss of life.
Renewing his call to business
owners within the jurisdiction to
partner with the GTCIC, Edwards
admitted there were select
business owners and operators who
had refused to join hands with his
Unity and co-operation, he said,
was critical to ensure similar
incidents would not occur but
Edwards praised officers of the
Tunapuna police station for their
hard work as both foot and mobile
patrols were increased.
He said there had been an
increase in the number of robberies
within the jurisdiction in recent
times but pointed out that they
sometimes went unreported as
they were not considered
"important enough to be
He urged officers to continue
efforts to stem the flow of criminal
activity in the Tunapuna, Curepe, St
Augustine and St Joseph areas.
SOCIETY MEETS SUNDAY
Senior members of the Police
Service are now investigating a
video circulating on social media
in which men claiming to be
from the Islamic faith are mak-
ing violent threats against mem-
bers from "Rastacity," "Rastas"
or "anything looking like a
The video, which has been cir-
culating on a social website, has
lyrical content and still shots of
a variety of guns and ammunition
being displaying, including high-
powered AK 47s, pump action
12-gauge shotguns, Glock 9mms,
357 Magnums, Baretta 9mms and
Islamic words and statements,
such as "Doh run, killing anything
looking like a Rasta", feature
prominently in the video as are
masked men holding various guns.
It is believed the video is part of
continuing gang warfare culture
in the Laventille community.
In a phone interview yesterday,
Assistant Police Commissioner
Carlton Alleyne said they were
aware of the video and were
He said there were a lot of
splinter groups from two gangs
and they were living from Port-
of-Spain east to the Morvant dis-
On Monday, prison officers said
they were also living in fear after
viewing a video with numerous
guns. The video also portrayed
members of the Islamic faith pos-
ing behind prison walls.
Contacted yesterday, however,
National Security Minister Carl
Alfonso said members of the pub-
lic should not panic after viewing
the videos that were in circulation.
He said the police should do their
duty and investigate the source
of the videos.
He added: "I hope the Special
Branch and the police, at least,
have some knowledge of it. Some
people are bent on disrupting
society and we need to remain
"I would urge people to have
good sense prevail and they (crim-
inal elements) desist from it. It
does nobody good disrupting
society and we should remain
calm and not panic and let law
enforcement officers do their
Cops probe video threat in gang war
Anonymous tip leads to
stolen museum statue
Linda Kelshall stands next to the recovered statue
of Francisco de Miranda which was stolen from the
Military and Aviation Museum, Chaguaramas, over
the Easter weekend. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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