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Bandit killed after
cornered by cops
JENSEN LA VENDE
Residents of El Carmen, St Helena
said they risked their lives to chase
an armed bandit after police of-
ficers froze in apparent fear after
being shot at.
According to the residents, who
spoke with the T&T Guardian hours
after two men robbed K&G min-
imart in the usually quiet village
shortly after 10 am, the bandits
were startled by a police patrol
parked nearby as they bolted from
Eyewitnesses said one of the ban-
dits who emerged from the shop
first looked in the direction of the
police and fired at the two officers
before running away.
Residents said the owner of
the minimart, Gita Harnarain,
screamed at the officers for help.
The two officers, they said, were
“frozen stiff, stiff, stiff ” prompting
the villagers into action.
It was only then that one of the
two officers joined the chase, they
Moments later the second armed
bandit emerged from the shop and
began shooting at the villagers who
were chasing his accomplice.
He also shot at the police officer
who was seated in the driver’s seat
of the police vehicle before “jogging
away,” eyewitnesses said.
Villagers said the police officer in
the vehicle ducked for cover as the
gunman pointed the weapon at him
and narrowly escaped injury.
Residents said soon after other
the police vehicles joined the search
of the fleeing bandits. One of them
was later cornered in a dead-end
street and killed by officers of the
Central Division Task Force during
a shootout, police said.
Police later identified the dead
man as Gimmel “Boyo” Gordon,
23, who has 21 matters pending be-
fore the courts for sexual offences,
robbery and narcotics possession
Officers said was a member of
a criminal gang in Enterprise,
The shootout took place a short
distance from the minimart at a
bushy area at Santa Monica, just be-
fore noon. Police said they have the
identity of the second bandit and
assured that an arrest is imminent.
Speaking with Guardian Media,
Harnarain, 53, said she was at her
store when one gunman came in,
shoved her to ground, gave her a
bag and ordered that she hand over
The woman, who says she has
been operating the shop for the
past eight years, said she placed
cash, cigarettes and cellphones in
The other bandit went to the
back of the business where she lives
and tied up her husband, son and
a female worker. That bandit, she
said, told her family that they were
going to kidnap her son and the fe-
male employee and called for their
getaway driver to come closer.
“I thought I was going and dead. I
put everything in the bag and then
I run out the shop and went by the
neighbour and called the police. I
don’t know what else I could have
done, they know the place have
cameras. What more I could do?
What I want to know is how come
they getting guns but we not getting
any?” Harnarain asked.
She said after the incident, which
took place around 10.15 am, she
went back in her store and was
shaking in fear. Her business re-
mained closed for the rest of the
day and she planned to keep it shut
for a few days.
“I have to prepare for them. We
have to fight back. Is time to attack.
They don’t know we work hard for
we money. The Government have
to do something about this crime,”
She said the bandits came to the
scene in a Nissan B-15 driven by an-
other man who fled on seeing the
police jeep approaching.
Cop: Cunupia triple killing a domestic crime
Head of the Central Division Snr
Supt Kenny Mc Intyre said it will
take more than the police to sty-
mie the escalating murder toll, as
four of the eight reported killings
over the Christmas weekend took
place in his area.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Mc Intyre said the four
murders, three of which stemmed
from a triple killing classified as a
domestic crime “dampened” the
efforts of the Christmas patrols by
He said while the police are
incapable of predicting crimes
such as the triple murder as they
focused their patrols on repeated
“These things put anarchy and
fear in my division and this is the
last thing I want. Nevertheless, it
happened and I spoke with my
juniors and seniors to get a handle
on this. We have made some head-
way in the two separate incidents
but it is in the hands of the Hom-
icide Bureau but we are assisting
when and where we can,” Mc In-
He said crime was a social issue
and his officers have been speak-
ing with residents about anger
management and other issues that
often result in violence.
Mc Intyre said the investiga-
tions into the two incidents that
claimed four lives are at a sensitive
stage but assured that they will
be solved. He advised citizens to
assist police in their fight against
crime saying that it is a national
issue that needed to be addressed
and not solely by the police.
Roberta James, 27, Keston
James, 28 and Wellington Thomas,
31 were shot dead while asleep at a
small board house at Bridal Road,
Jerningham Junction, Cunupia last
Police suspect that a man re-
lated to James can help solve the
On Wednesday, Isaiah Mitch-
ell, 19, was gunned down outside
the Jungle Fever pool party along
Deonarine Junction Mc Bean,
The other murder took place in
the Northern Division where the
body of an unidentified man was
found lying at the side of the road
at Las Lomas #3 last Friday.
On Christmas night, Port-of-
Spain Division recorded one
murder after 57-year-old Robert
Carrington was killed outside his
Nelson Street home. One day later
two men were killed in the West-
ern and North Eastern Divisions
respectively. Those men were
identified as Dwayne Knights, 31,
killed at Diego Martin Akeil Man-
nette, 23, killed in Aranjuez.
Police were up to last night try-
ing to determine the identity
of the decomposing body of a
woman found in a forested area
in Santa Flora.
Given the condition of the
body, police suspect the woman
was killed and left in the bushes
a few days ago. However, police
were combing the crime scene
along the Petrotrin field area
for clues to help them identify
the woman and find her killers.
The nude body, lying face
down in the bushes, was dis-
covered around 10.30 am after
workers were alerted by a foul
stench. There was speculation
that the body could have been
that of missing Freeport resi-
dent Anita Mohammed, 45, a
mother of two, but up to late
yesterday that was not con-
firmed by the police. When her
daughter Chelsey Mohammed,
20, was asked whether the po-
lice had contacted her, she told
T&T Guardian, “I am not taking
any calls right now, sorry,” be-
fore ending the call.
Anita Mohammed was last
seen on December 20, driving
her black Toyota Hilux Vigo in
the Central area. Relatives said
she called her daughter to say
she was heading to the super-
market before returning home.
On Wednesday, on her Face-
book page, Chelsey appealed
to TSTT to release her mother’s
telephone records to help the
police find her mother.
Archbishop Jason Gordon
is this country’s 11th and not
the 13th as reported in yes-
terday’s lead story.
The Archdiocese of Port-
of-Spain attained that status
in 1850. Before then, it was
headed by a Vicar Apostolic.
The error is regretted.
(Franz Lambkin) does not
support chutney soca artiste
Nermal “Massive” Gosine
with his 2018 composition
Rowlee Mudda Count, as was
reported yesterday. In fact,
he considers the song to be
in bad taste.
However, he believes it
should be up to society to
accept or reject the song
with its controversial lyrical
An image taken from CCTV footage of El Carmen residents along with a
police officer giving chase to a bandit who robbed a shop in the area
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Getting it right
Gita Harnarain, owner of K&G
minimart at El Carmen, St Helena
which was robbed yesterday.
PICTURE AYANNA KINSALE
Last night, homicide officers were
called out for yet another murder
after a Laventille man was shot
dead at Buller Trace, Laventille.
The dead man was identified as
Assim “Boots” Peters. Police said
the killing took place around 8 pm.
The latest killing has taken the
number of people killed for the
year to 492, according to police.
Gimmel Gordon who
was shot dead by
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