Man arrested with illegal firearm

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A 30-year-old man of Timehri, East Bank Demerara is now in police custody after he was apprehended with a .32 pistol, police said in a press release.

The man was apprehended earlier today (Saturday, May 14, 2022) about 02:00 hours at Croal Street with the assistance of three (3) private security officers attached to the Blackwater Tactical Security Firm. The three security officers were doing residential checks/patrol when they stopped to purchase food on Light Street between Robb and Regent Streets and heard several loud explosions coming from Regent Street.

The security ranks observed a male of African Descent, dressed in a black and white jersey carrying a yellow haversack running south along Light Street. They then gave chase on foot behind the male who was running towards a Silver Toyota Spacio PVV 8934 which was parked at the corner of South Road and Light Street. As the security ranks approached the vehicle the male occupant exited the car and both parties then ran west along South Road. Two of the security officers continued to chase behind the said male with the haversack who ran South along Louisa Rowe. The man who threw the haversack into a Church compound located on Cummings Street between Brickdam and Croal Street, was subsequently apprehended on Croal Street. The haversack was retrieved by the officers, and searched in the man’s presence and a black .32 Sig Sauer pistol along with two .32 spent shells and a magazine were found in the haversack. The man was escorted to the Alberttown Police Station, where he identified himself (name provided) of Timehri, East Bank Demerara. The firearm along with magazine was lodged at the station. The said motorcar was also impounded at the Alberttown Police Station. The car was searched and a driver’s license for belonging to another male also of Timehri, E.B.D and an identification card of of a GDF Corporal was found. The suspect remains in custody, as investigations are ongoing.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police (ag.) Mr. Clifton Hicken has lauded this sort of collaboration and partnership between private security firms and the Guyana Police Force in crime fighting and working together to maintain peace and stability in communities across Guyana.

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