16 to spend long-weekend behind bars following police exercises in Central

Sixteen persons were arrested during anti-crime exercises in the Central Division, which also saw the seizure of firearms, ammunition and narcotics, a police statement said.

A total of eight exercises were conducted between 11:35 am and 8:00 pm on Wednesday 14th June, 2017, by officers of the Central Division Task Force, Chaguanas CID, Freeport CID and Canine Branch.

Officers, acting on information, first proceeded to Mulchan Seuchan Road, Chaguanas, where they arrested a 36-year-old tradesman, of Petit Valley.

Four held for robbery of Father Harvey; priest's watch recovered

Four men have been held for the robbery of Roman Catholic priest Father Clyde Harvey.

They are expected to be charged as soon as this evening or tomorrow for the attack at a church in Gonzales, Belmont.

One of the men was held yesterday, while three others were arrested around 3 o’clock this morning, all in the Laventille area.

Officers of the Besson Street Police Station led by ASP Ajith Persad recovered Father Harvey's watch but could not find the $1000 taken from him.

Police find shotgun, cartridges on Carenage riverbank

A shotgun and two shotgun cartridges were discovered along a riverbank in Carenage, by officers of the Western Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise this week, a statement by police said.

Officers acting on information, proceeded to Sea View Gardens, Carenage, in the Western Division, around 2 pm on Wednesday 14th June, 2017, where they conducted a search of a river bank in the area and found the Mossberg 410 Special shotgun and the .410 gauge cartridges, hidden in some bushes.

No arrest was made in connection with the find.

Two missing teenagers found

Two teenagers who were reported missing to the police, have been found alive.

Andell Lazar, the 16-year-old of Gasparillo, who was reported missing by her mother, Aneisa Brizan, on Sunday 11th June, 2017, has been found, according to a police statement.

Police also said that Jonathan Richardson, the 16-year-old of Chaguanas, who was reported missing by his father, Anthony Simon, on Saturday 10th June, 2017, has been found.

Police are thanking the public for its assistance in ensuring the teenager’s safe return.


Victim calls police during robbery; four men held

Quick work by police officers resulted in the arrest of four men, who had just carried out an armed robbery on an elderly couple in Barataria, yesterday.

The victims, aged 67 and 77, were at their Fourth Street home, around 11:30 am, when three men, one armed with a knife, entered the premises and announced a holdup.

The men proceeded to rob a couple of cash and jewellery, valued just over $13,000.

While the suspects escaping, one of the victims managed to call 999, initiating an immediate response from police officers.

Bandit killed in shootout with police

One bandit involved in an early morning robbery has been shot and killed by police and a search is now underway for two others.

Around 5:30 am, bandits forced themselves into the home of a family located at Wallerfield.

The armed intruders tied up the occupants, ransacked the house and made off with the family's two vehicles.

An alarm was raised and police were notified of the robbery.

Around 6.20am, officers intercepted the stolen vehicles along the Carapo Road.

It resulted in a high-speed chase during which the bandits crashed the stolen vehicles.

Police destroy marijuana trees worth $2.5 million

Marijuana trees with an estimated street value $2.5 million have been destroyed by officers of the Cumuto Police Station, during an eradication exercise, a police statement said.

The exercise was carried out at Cunaripo Road, Guaico, Tamana, around 5 pm on Monday 12th June, 2017, where officers acting on information, journeyed to the location, where they saw a man tending to the field.

The suspect upon seeing the officers, ran off into the forest.

PCA to audit investigations into police shootings of mentally-challenged persons

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) says it is monitoring recent incidents in which mentally-challenged persons were shot by police officers.

The PCA says it intends to audit the current investigations into these shootings.

The following is the PCA's statement on the matter:

"The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is aware of several incidents involving fatal and nonfatal police related shootings involving mentally ill individuals Paul Marchan, Daniel Paul and Edison Thompson within the last four (4) months.

36-year-old Marabella man on $150,000 bail for marijuana possession

A 36-year-old Marabella man has been granted $150,000 bail, after pleading not guilty, to a charge of being in possession of 6.7 kilogrammes of marijuana, for the purpose of trafficking.

Nicholas Gopaul, a labourer, of Ghandi Street, Marabella, appeared before Magistrate Natalie Hamilton-Diop, in the San Fernando 2nd Magistrates’ Court this morning, to answer to the charge.

The matter was adjourned to Monday 10th July, 2017.

Man charged with cocaine possession close to school

A 21-year-old man is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with possession of 1.9 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking within 500 meters of a school, after being arrested by officers of the Inter Agency Task Force.

Raheam Reid, of no fixed place of abode, was arrested around 1:24am on Sunday 11th June, 2017, by officers of the IATF, Duncan Street, Police Post, who were on mobile patrol along Queen’s Street, Port of Spain.