Three men were remanded into custody after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with committing several offences in the capital city, during the island-wide blackout on February 16th , 2022.
AHKELL BRANDON, aka ‘Froggy’, 38, of Port-of-Spain, was arrested and charged with store breaking and larceny and malicious damage, RONEL ARTHUR, 31, was charged with possession of apparatus, escaping lawful custody, store breaking with intent and malicious damage and GARNET STAPLETON, 38, of St. Joseph, was charged with unlawful possession.
The accused appeared before Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor, today, to answer to the charges.
Brandon was remanded into custody and the matter adjourned to March 15th 2022.
Arthur is due back in court on March 16th, 2022 and Stapleton’s matter was adjourned to February 23rd, 2022.
On Wednesday night, officers conducted patrols and inter-agency collaborations across Port-of-Spain, during the island wide power outage incident, to ensure that the capital city was kept safe and secure.
In the first incident, officers of the POS City Police Operational Task Force were on mobile patrol around 8:30pm, on February 16th , 2022, along Henry Street, Port of Spain, when they observed the security shutters of a business place open and the glass door broken. With the assistance of Inter-Agency Task Force officers, checks were made inside the store which resulted in a 38-year-old man being discovered inside the premises, with a jacket and book bag allegedly in his possession.
The man, identified as AHKELL BRANDON, aka ‘Froggy’, of Port-of-Spain, was arrested and subsequently charged with store breaking and larceny and malicious damage by WPC Roach.
In a separate incident, officers of the CPOTF, were on mobile patrol around 12:30am, on February 17th , 2022, when they received information of a break-in at a furniture store.
The officers responded and observed a man running away from the establishment.
A chase ensued and the man was held a short distance away, with the assistance of officers of the IATF.
The man was allegedly found to be in possession of an apparatus commonly used with the dangerous drug cocaine.
The suspect resisted ran a short distance before being quickly apprehended.
The man, identified as RONEL ARTHUR, 31, was subsequently charged with possession of apparatus, escaping lawful custody, store breaking with intent and malicious damage by WPC Matloo.
In a third, unrelated incident, officers of the CPOTF were on mobile patrol around 2:55 am on February 17th , 2022, when they observed a man allegedly with two fans in his possession.
The officers stopped the man and after not being satisfied as to where he got the items, he was arrested.
The man, identified as GARNET STAPLETON, 38, of St. Joseph, was subsequently charged with unlawful possession by WPC Mayers.