Police use drone to capture suspects

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 08:15

Drone technology deployed by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Air Support Unit, assisted officers of the Northern Division Task Force in the pursuit and subsequent arrest of two suspects in the Macoya area, police said in a statement.

Officers, under the supervision of Insp (Ag.) Robert Joseph and Sgt. Rene Katwaroo, based on information, intercepted a black Nissan Sylphy motor vehicle with three occupants, at Goya Street, El Dorado, after responding to a report of loud explosions around 5 pm.

The incident occurred at Madoo Hill, Tunapuna.

The suspects exited the vehicle and fled into a bushy area, south of the Priority Bus Route, in the vicinity of the Macoya Industrial Estate.

Assistance from the Air Support Unit was requested at around 6:30pm, and drone pilot, Sgt. Ronny Rampallard and tactical systems operator, Cpl Phillip Forbes, responded and launched ‘Dragonfly 3’.

A search of the area was conducted, resulting in the identification of the location where two of the suspects were hiding and their eventual capture.

The drone was utilised for situational awareness to guide officers to where the suspects were hiding.

A search of the motor vehicle was subsequently conducted, resulting in one Luger pistol, loaded with 12 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 186 grammes of marijuana being discovered.

The two men; a 24-year-old of Straker Lane, Tunapuna and an 18-year-old of Dookie Lane, Tunapuana, were arrested in connection with the finds.

The third suspect escaped.