Five persons who Police arrested for their involvement in a carjacking ring were charged and remanded to prison on Friday.
Those charged are Jomain Watson, 26, a driver; 32-year-old Toney Jerrick; 29-year-old Randy Fraser; Jason Harry, 36 and Stanford Ford, 25.
The quintet appeared before Principal Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Diamond/Grove Magistrate’s Court.
Watson was charged with possession of a firearm without license.
Meanwhile, Jerrick and Ford were jointly charged with armed robbery committed on Tanesha Tanesha Fordyce at Hillfoot, Soesdyke Linden Highway, on August 22. Ford was also charged with acquiring military clothes.
Harry, a businessman, was jointly charged with Fraser for robbing Green Ice taxi driver Leonard Mc Kenzie at gunpoint of his motorcar on August 22, at Dookie Sand Road, Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara.
The quintet pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to prison until September 28, 2022.
According to a police release, the men were arrested between August 24 and August 25.
Police reported that on August 22, Watson hired McKenzie to take him to Dookie Sand Road at Soesdyke Linden Highway. However, while at the destination, Watson robbed McKenzie of his car.
The matter was then reported, and Watson was arrested with a 9mm handgun; he led police ranks to a location at St. Cuthbert’s Mission, where several stolen vehicles, vehicle parts, and other items were recovered.
Following this discovery, police ranks searched several homes at Kuru Kururu, where Jerrick and Forde were arrested at their homes.
Ranks found one GDF camouflage shirt in a haversack. When questioned, Jerrick told ranks that he got it from his cousin, Shawn Williams, a serving member of the GDF.
Subsequently, Jerrick led the ranks to Forde’s home, who was found hiding in a suitcase under his parents’ bed. A search was conducted on the premises, and one bulletproof camouflage vest containing an armour plate was found in Forde’s bedroom.
The police then conducted an identification parade, and the quintet was all positively identified as being involved in carrying out a series of robberies.
Police recovered a total of seven motor cars. The cars were stripped of their engines and other parts.