Quick action by cops lead to arrest of 6 bandits who beat and robbed a Barataria family

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Quick action by cops lead to arrest of 6 bandits who beat and robbed a Barataria family

Six persons are now in police custody, following quick action by the North Eastern Division Task Force and the Barataria Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

According to police reports, around 8 pm on Sunday night, six assailants entered a home located at Ramlal Street, Aranguez. The assailants proceeded to beat and rob the home’s occupants, resulting in a 15-year-old boy being hospitalized.

The officers responded immediately to the report, and while on Ramlal Street, they observed a SUV heading west at a high rate of speed. The SUV then reversed and crashed into a wall.

When the officers approached the vehicle, one of the occupants pointed a firearm at the officers and shot in their direction. Fearing for their lives, the officers returned fire, according to the TTPS Use of Force Policy. The suspects then exited the vehicle, fled in different directions and the officers gave chase.

After a short chase, one of the suspects was apprehended suffering from gunshot wounds, and was found in possession of one loaded Glock pistol. He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The officers then received further information from the public, which led to the interception of two vehicles, with occupants matching the description of the assailants.

The six assailants who are now in police custody, are suspected to be involved in several robberies, which have occurred in the division. Officers also seized a Smith and Wesson firearm, a spent shell, and three rounds of ammunition from the area. Police also recovered a quantity of the alleged stolen items. Also, one of the vehicles involved in the incident is suspected to have been stolen, as it carried false number plates. Investigations are continuing into this matter.

Senior Superintendent NED Mervyn Edwards attributed the success to the Active Direct Patrols, the Grid System, and the work of the NED Operation Centre. He also commended both his officers for their quick action and bravery under fire, and the members of the community, who put the “See Something, Say Something” mantra into action. This he says came about as police officers are actively engaging the members of the community through various walkabouts and town meetings.