Three held by police minutes after robbing Arouca hardware

Two men and a teenager are arrested by officers of the Northern Division, half an hour after committing a robbery at an Arouca hardware.

The three suspects, a 32-year-old man of Arouca, 24-year-old man of Wallerfield and the 17-year-old boy of San Juan, who was armed with a firearm, entered the hardware, located along the Eastern Main Road, Arouca, around 5 pm, on Thursday 3rd April, 2018, and announced a robbery.

The manager of the store and another employee, became fearful for their lives and handed over a quantity of cash.

The suspects then fled along Mann Street, Arouca, towards their getaway vehicle. A report was made to the police and officers of the Arouca Criminal Investigations Department (CID) responded and intercepted the suspects’ minutes after.

Upon seeing the officers, the teenager fired several shots at them, leading to an exchange of gunfire.

The teenager, who sustained a gunshot wound to his right hand, and the 24-year-old suspect were eventually subdued.

The third suspect, who was also hit in the exchange, managed to escape in a white Toyota motor vehicle.

The boy was taken to the Arima Health Facility for treatment, while the other suspect was conveyed to the Arouca Police Station.

A Glock pistol was seized by officers from the scene.

Whilst at the Arima Health Facility, officers received information that a patient suffering from a gunshot wound and seeking medical attention at the same facility, was actually the third suspect.

He was subsequently arrested. PCs Javed Ali and Cailon Daniel, of the Arouca CID, are continuing enquiries.

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