A teen duo was on Tuesday charged for robbing an on-duty police officer. Acting Chief Constable Laurel Gittens say that despite constraints robberies within the city will not be tolerated. Here are the details from Javone
Nineteen-year-old Leon Gittens of lot 55 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme and 19 year-old laborer Akacie Primo, of Cane Grove, East Bank Demerara were arraigned before the courts for allegedly robbing a policeman. It is alleged that the two youths on December 7 at Robb Street and Avenue of the Republic, they robbed Constable Julius Bowlin of his cellular phone valued 80,000 dollars. The two denied the allegation. The police’s case, presented by police prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, outlined that the police rank was performing duty within the said area when Gittens snatched his phone. The victim however alerted another rank in proximity who pursue Gittens who was eventually caught. The police also alleged that it was Primo who signaled Gittens to grab the policeman’s phone. The duo was placed on $15,000 bail and will return to court on Friday. Meanwhile Acting Chief Constable Laurel Gittens reassured citizens that despite the number of robberies occurring in the Stabroek Market district, will not be tolerated. The City Constabulary has however taken a different approach this year to tackle the issue of major and petty crimes committed by mostly youths.