Port of Spain Magistrates' Court, St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.
RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

A Police Constable and a civilian have been charged with a $680,000 robbery.

The Police Officer also has been charged with misbehaviour in public office.

The TTPS confirms that PC Nicholas Roberts, who was last assigned to the Western Division, and Kevin Morrison of Le Platte Village, Maraval, will appear virtually before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today, to answer the charges.

According to reports, at about 6:15 pm on October 3rd, 2020, a courier employed with a clothing store outlet reported that he was stopped by two men dressed in police uniform, who appeared to have been conducting a roadblock on the Western Main Road, Cocorite, in the vicinity of the Paragon Sports Club. The courier also reported that a marked police vehicle was present at the same location.

He was then asked to exit his vehicle, with which he complied. He reportedly was then tie-strapped and robbed of his personal items. These included one A10 Cell phone valued TT$1,500, US$120, and TT$ 1,200. He also was robbed of TT$677,277, and US$1,500—the property of his employers.

The men then made their escape. One suspect drove away in the marked police vehicle and the second suspect escaped through a bushy track off the Western Main Road.

The courier subsequently made a report at the Four Roads Police Station. An investigation was launched by ACP William Nurse (North-West), coordinated by Ag. Senior Supt Kelvern Thompson, spearheaded by ASP Sean Henry and involved a multi-agency team, including the Western Division CID led by Ag Insp Grant, the Western Division Gang Intelligence Unit, and the Western Division Operation Centre.

A series of intelligence-based exercises and extensive enquiries were conducted, resulting in the detention and interviewing of two suspects.

Following the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard SC, ASP Henry charged the two suspects for the offences of robbery with aggravation. PC Roberts also was charged with Misbehaviour in Public Office.

Both men will appear virtually before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today, to answer the charges.