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Cops close to charging suspect in bank worker’s shooting

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Investigators probing the shooting and robbery of Scotiabank employee Roston Mahabir say they are hoping to charge a Fyzabad man for the crime before the end of week.

The suspect remained in the custody of San Fernando police up to yesterday, four days after he was arrested by South Western Division police at a house in Fyzabad.

Investigators said the suspect is in his early 30’s and is well-known to South Western Division police. They said they are wrapping up loose ends in order to build a solid case against the suspect.

Meanwhile, Mahabir, who suffered kidney damage from the gunshot wound he sustained during the robbery on May 19, remained warded at the San Fernando General Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Investigators are yet to get a statement from Mahabir and have not recovered the stolen items, but are relying on evidence they have gathered throughout their investigation.

Mahabir, 28, a premiere relationship officer, was just about to enter the bank at the corner of Penitence Street and High Street, San Fernando, when he was approached by a man who grabbed his computer bag and other items. Mahabir held on to his bag and was shot once in the abdomen.

The gunman then ran off with the bag, leaving him bleeding on the ground.

Following the shooting, which came after several armed robberies in the San Fernando shopping district, Southern Divisional Commander, Snr Supt Zamsheed Mohammed deployed Southern Division Task Force, San Fernando CID and the Rapid Response Unit to patrol High Street, Coffee Street, Cipero Street and their tributaries.

Up until yesterday, a strong police presence was seen on the streets and Southern Division police reported that there have been no reports of crime in the shopping district since the new measure was implemented.


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