Ac­com­plice in Ma­haicony hi­jack­ing still at large

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

The Guyana Po­lice Force (GPF) is yet to ar­rest the man who as­sisted the now-dead ban­dit, Mel­roy Solomon, in a car­jack­ing as well as the ab­duc­tion of a farmer from Perth, Ma­haicony on Thurs­day.

Around 10.30 am, the two men had hi­jacked a car from Vick’s Taxi Ser­vice in Foulis, East Coast De­mer­ara and es­caped to Perth, where they aban­doned the ve­hi­cle. Solomon and the other man then ab­ducted a farmer, first rob­bing the man of his clothes, be­fore hav­ing him take them out of the back lands on horse­back.

Af­ter they were es­corted by the farmer to the road, they boarded a taxi and were con­fronted by the po­lice while ex­it­ing the vil­lage. Solomon re­port­edly opened fire at the po­lice and was fa­tally shot dur­ing the ex­change, while his ac­com­plice man­aged to es­cape.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per on Fri­day, Com­man­der of ‘C’ Divi­sion, Calvin Bru­tus, re­lated that they were un­able to ar­rest the sec­ond man.

The pro­pri­etor of the taxi ser­vice, Vick Ram, also spoke to this pub­li­ca­tion on Fri­day, and gave a more de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the event that led to the ban­dit’s death.

Ac­cord­ing to Ram, his ser­vice re­ceived a call from one of the men around 10.30am, re­quest­ing a taxi to pick him up in Hasling­ton and which was to be bound for Golden Grove. Af­ter the car picked him up, Solomon or­dered the driver to stop at the en­trance of a gym in Hasling­ton to pick up his col­league. Af­ter that, the duo re­port­edly told the driver that they had to up­lift some­thing from 8th Street, Hasling­ton.

How­ever, be­fore the man could reach the street, the duo re­quested that he turn into 7th Street and he com­plied. Af­ter the driver turned into the street, the men stopped him and Solomon, who was seated in front, armed him­self with a gun and told the driver to hand over his money.

“He [the driver] told them that the money in the car and they check and find it and then they tell he to come out and he said he not com­ing out and then the one at the back punched him to his head and the other one crank the gun and that’s when he run out. When they go­ing to re­verse the driver said that they burn the tyre and al­most knock an­other car while rac­ing out of the vil­lage,” Ram re­layed.

Af­ter­ward, the driver was able to ask a res­i­dent for a call and phoned the base to tell them what had tran­spired. The base then con­tacted the po­lice, who even­tu­ally set up sev­eral road blocks along the cor­ri­dors in hopes of stop­ping the men.

“By that time, one of the our other car[s] was up Hope and he said he just see the car speed pass cause he heard what hap­pened over the ra­dio and he fol­low the car but he go till to Ma­haica and lose them be­cause they would’ve prob­a­bly heard us over the ra­dio in the car too,” Ram said, while ex­plain­ing that he had sub­se­quently left with the driver who was robbed to go make a re­port at the Ann’s Grove Po­lice Sta­tion, when he was alerted that an­other one of their driv­ers had gone up to Ma­haicony to check to see if the ban­dits were there.

“…He said he see a garbage truck and ask if they see the car speed­ing go­ing up and they said yes. When he reach Per­se­ver­ance, he saw a po­lice road block and ask if they see them and they said they out there for that and he turn back and de­cide to go through Branch Road and he ask around and the peo­ple said the car gone in there. He fol­low them and by the time he get there he said he saw two po­lice pa­trols rush­ing in and they found the car in a ditch and bring it out,” Ram said.

Shortly af­ter, the sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lated be­tween the ban­dits and the po­lice, which re­sulted in the fa­tal ex­change.

Ram ex­plained that the driver is cur­rently still trau­ma­tised and the car has been “prac­ti­cally to­talled” since it sus­tained se­vere dam­age dur­ing a high speed chase, in­clud­ing sev­eral bul­let holes, bro­ken win­dows and a dam­aged dash­board.

Mel­roy Solomon

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