‘We tried to talk to him’

-slain rob­bery sus­pect ig­nored warn­ings, rel­a­tive says

Stabroek News Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By Sharda Bac­chus

The fam­ily of Calvin Ed­wards, also known as Calvin Dover, one of the two sus­pected ban­dits shot and killed af­ter they at­tempted to rob a city busi­ness­man on Fri­day, be­came aware that he chose a crim­i­nal path af­ter his con­stant ar­rests and their re­lent­less ef­forts to steer him away bore no fruit.

“It was a shock when they learnt that he was in­volved. That’s why the fam­ily was re­lent­less. In our fam­ily, we don’t have a [crim­i­nal] his­tory. We have never seen no­body in our fam­ily thief and that is why we were shocked, we wanted to know where he get this kind of men­tal­ity from,” Wayne Dover, a cousin of the dead man, told Sun­day Stabroek yes­ter­day.

Ed­wards, 27, of Lot PP 6 Bent Street, Wort­man ville, was shot and killed by po­lice dur­ing a stand­off in a house along Bent Street on Fri­day, where he al­legedly sought refuge af­ter man­ag­ing to es­cape from the scene of the rob­bery.

He and Trevor Bar­row, 26, called ‘Bud­dha,’ of 1010 Nor­ton Street and Ceme­tery Road, were killed on Fri­day af­ter they al­legedly at­tempted to rob busi­ness­man Roy My­ers in his store, Les Va­ri­ety Store, lo­cated at 22, D’Ur­ban and Har­dina streets, Wort­man ville, Ge­orge­town.

Bar­row was shot first by My­ers in the store.

My­ers told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he was pack­ing goods in his store when he felt a gun pressed against his head and a man or­dered him to hand over the gold and di­a­mond jew­ellery he was wear­ing at the time.

He had ex­plained that as he was tak­ing off his jew­ellery, there was a loud ex­plo­sion out­side of the store, which prompted Ed­wards, who was hold­ing him at gun­point, to run out­side, while Bar­row con­tin­ued to try to re­lieve him of his valu­ables.

As a re­sult, a scuf­fle en­sued and Bar­row re­port­edly pulled out a re­volver and at­tempted to fire on the busi­ness­man but the weapon did not go off.

My­ers, a li­censed firearm holder, then re­trieved his own weapon from an an­kle hol­ster and discharged sev­eral rounds, hit­ting Bar­row.

As the po­lice ap­proached the store, Ed­wards ran out and discharged sev­eral rounds at them and the ranks re­turned fire. It was dur­ing the cross­fire that Ed­wards was shot to his leg.

He nev­er­the­less man­aged to flee the scene, with the po­lice in pur­suit and was found al­most two hours later in a house along Bent Street, where there was another ex­change of gun­fire.

Po­lice said Bar­row was armed with a .38 Rossi re­volver and two live match­ing rounds, while Ed­wards was armed with a Glock pistol and 10 live rounds.

This newspaper was told that one of the guns was stolen from a se­cu­rity guard at­tached to KGM Se­cu­rity Ser­vices in an early morn­ing at­tack on Fri­day. Two Chi­nese na­tion­als were also said to have been robbed in the at­tack.

‘Pat­tern of be­hav­iour’ Wayne said his fam­ily started to see a pat­tern of be­hav­iour emerg­ing with Ed­wards fol­low­ing his con­stant ar­rests. “It was at this point that we started to no­tice a pat­tern of be­hav­iour that is not [rep­re­sen­ta­tive] of be­ing a hum­ble, dis­ci­pline or law-abid­ing per­son,” he said.

“..We saw a pat­tern of be­hav­iour and we started to talk to him. Ev­ery­body. Even my mother. And I could at­test to the fact that ac­tu­ally ev­ery­day his mother does call my mother and ask my mother to talk to him or pray for him and all kind things,” Wayne added.

He fur­ther said Calvin spoke to his mother be­fore the al­leged rob­bery at­tempt. “They had a nor­mal mother and son con­ver­sa­tion and she seh she ask he if he chang­ing he ways and he try­ing to be out of trou­ble and thing and of course, you know they will say what they want they mother to hear to feel com­fort­able, not know­ing he prob­a­bly had that sit­u­a­tion plan al­ready,” Wayne ex­plained.

He said that Ed­wards was an adult and there­fore made de­ci­sions on his own although his rel­a­tives tried to talk him out of the crim­i­nal life. “Well, ac­tu­ally, he grow very quiet, hum­ble from birth through his

teenage age [years] and then sub­se­quently in his adult age we start to hear things about his be­hav­iour pat­tern and then he had some brushes with the law, he went to prison on more than one oc­ca­sion and stuff,” he noted.

He said by then it was es­tab­lished in the fam­ily cir­cle that Ed­wards was in­volved in “fool­ish­ness.”

“So, then is when the fam­ily started to talk to him. Many of the fam­ily mem­bers started to talk to him about what we heard and you know what we ac­tu­ally start to know from hear­ing these things be­cause of course we didn’t see him in ac­tion but from the in­for­ma­tion and the fact that he was be­ing locked up on a reg­u­lar ba­sis [for] rob­bery and all these things,” he said.

Wayne said the fam­ily would was re­lent­less in try­ing to get Ed­wards back on the right path. “Well, his mother [who lives overseas] was here dur­ing some of the times them that he had brushes with the law and she was like re­lent­less on his case,” he said.

He added that sev­eral mem­bers of the fam­ily are foot­ball play­ers and they had ex­pected that Ed­wards would have fol­lowed their foot­steps. “We have a fam­ily back­ground in foot­ball… and then he played a lit­tle bit and ended up sway­ing off into crime. I don’t know how it hap­pen, we can’t say no­body lead him, we don’t know if he had a crim­i­nal men­tal­ity dur­ing his grow­ing up that mek him switch over so easy. We can’t even seh, be­cause we can’t point to no­body to seh that this per­son lead he in that di­rec­tion but it had to be his own will,” he ex­plained.

De­spite Ed­wards’ de­ci­sions, Wayne also ex­pressed his con­cerns about the man­ner in which the man was killed. He said he is a strong believer in having crim­i­nal fig­ures face the con­se­quences of their ac­tions in court.

He said, although he is not sure about the threat that Ed­wards might have posed to the po­lice, he be­lieves that the in­ci­dent could have ended with­out him be­ing fa­tally shot.

Calvin Ed­wards Trevor Bar­row

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