Four bandits shot by police in Mayaro identified

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Four bandits shot by police in Mayaro identified

The four men fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with police officers who responded to a home invasion in Mayaro on Monday have been identified. They are Odell Prieto, 40, of Covigne Road, Diego Martin; Keshon Rojas, 23, of Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas; Akel George, 29, of Second Caledonia, Barataria; and Akini Simmons. Prieto, Rojas and George were identified by their relatives, police said yesterday.

In 2020, Rojas was one of four men charged with a string of robberies and home invasions in West Trinidad.

He was facing two char­ges of false imprisonment, two of robbery with violence, assault by threats, using threatening language, and receiving stolen goods.

Prieto, Rojas, George and Simmons were fatally shot by police on the compound of the Krista Park ga­ted commu­nity property in Beaumont Road where they and three others staged a home invasion on Monday morning.

Their three accomplices who escaped are believed to have scaled the back wall of the premises, ran through a track alongside a box drain that runs through the gated community, then scaled another wall which led them to the beginning of Beaumont Road near the Guayaguayare Mayaro Road.

They are still searching for the three.