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Suspect held hours after theft

Published: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Leon Gonzales Photo by:TTPS

A St Joseph man, who was arrested by officers of the Central Division hours after a report of robbery and kidnapping against a Cunupia man, has appeared before a Chaguanas magistrate to answer to the charges.

Leon Gonzales, 27, a machine fitter, of Royal Road, Maracas, St Joseph, was granted $100,000 bail with surety, after appearing before Magistrate Christine Charles in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court

The matter has been adjourned to August 10 , 2018.

According to the Police Service, the victim, a 53-year-old man, was sitting in his red Ford Ranger motor vehicle in front of his Cunupia home on Wednesday July 11, 2018, when he was approached by three armed men who said it was robbery.

The assailants entered the vehicle and forced the victim into the rear passenger seat, before robbing him of his wallet and cellular phone.

The men then drove off with the victim in the vehicle.

He was subsequently dropped off along the Solomon Hochoy Highway and the suspects escaped in the vehicle.

The victim, who was discovered shortly after by officers on mobile patrol, lodged a report about the incident at the Cunupia Police Station.

Mere hours after the incident was reported, Guard and Emergency Branch officers on mobile patrol in the Tableland area, observed a man experiencing mechanical difficulties with a vehicle matching the description of the stolen Ranger.

The suspect was apprehended and conveyed to the Cunupia Police Station for questioning.

Gonzales was later charged by WPC Paulette Elcock, of the Cunupia Police Station.

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