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Nov 2, 2018

Armed Robbers Target Hotel; Police Capture All and Shoot 1

The shootout on the Haulover Creek occurred just minutes before a press conference held by the top brass of the police department on a major drug bust. Our team was headed to the Queen Street Police Station when it diverted to the scene. Our cameras captured over two hours of police in action, apprehending the suspects. A number of senior officers arrived at the scene to assist in the capture of the trio: one was in a boat with a gunshot wound to the leg, another was on the deck of Marlin’s Restaurant and a third was handcuffed and placed on the ground behind a cement fence in the adjacent property.  Here’s Hipolito Novelo.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

The crowd gathered on Regent Street West, as a police shootout with the robbers went viral.  The area was quickly cordoned off, as officers and scenes of crime technicians processed the murder scene.  Onlookers from both sides of Haulover Creek remained positioned as those who heard the barrage of bullets and saw the incident spoke among one and another.   It was about ten o’clock when three young men, armed with a guns, entered Belcove Hotel with the intention to rob the establishment.  Their plan went as they expected for the first few minutes, but word of the robbery quickly reached police and PC Osbourne Martinez was the first to respond. He was shot and died while receiving treatment at the K.H.M.H.  After committing the crime, the men attempted to escape through the rear of the hotel, using the creek.  They, however, came under gunfire by police officers who were on the other side of Haulover Creek and inside a boat transporting detainees from San Pedro. The men hopped unto a deck at the back of Marlin’s Restaurant and Bar and that is when the shootout began. One of the perpetrators was shot to the right leg. He lay bleeding inside a boat as police officers restrained the second and third culprits.  The injured perpetrator was removed from inside the boat, carried through the hotel to the front entrance and placed inside an ambulance which took him to the K.H.M.H., where he remains under police guard.  The two other men remained at the scene as police carried out its investigation.  A coastguard vessel arrived just after eleven a.m. to assist the investigators during the search. An officer, equipped with an oxygen tank dove into the creek and retrieved the firearms purportedly used by the robbers and the stolen money.  After processing the scene thoroughly, police marched two robbers before the crowd and cameras. They were placed behind the police mobile and whisked away. A person who saw the incident unfold just feet away from him spoke to News Five.

 

Voice of Eyewitness

“I was here sitting down, just finished eat my food and I saw the gunman jumped through the back here. I then heard gunshots. I saw they are going through that side over there.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“What else did you see? How many gunshots did you hear?

 

Voice of Eyewitness

I can’t even count it; a lot of gunshots.

 

Hipolito Novelo

“So where were the police officers? Or how did that play out?

 

Voice of Eyewitness

“I think some of them were already at the crime scene. Some of them were over there because they just brought in some man. From over there they fired shots so I think it is from over there that one of them got shots.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“When did you realize that something was happening?

 

Voice of Eyewitness

“When I saw the gunman jumped here and I saw one of them had a gun so I told the old boy to get down and then we heard the gunshots.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Did they have anything in their hands?

 

Voice of Eyewitness

Only one of them had a gun at the time. I did not see if they had a gun.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“So the police officers shot one bullet?

 

Voice of Eyewitness

“I think that they fired the most shots. A lot of police officer, some of them were over there, some of them were in here. All of them were shooting from every corner so they could have shot someone without they know”

 

Dion Vernon

Dion Vernon, Eyewitness

“One of came at the corner here, burst at young boy and when I looked, they started to shoot out, like they had shootout.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“How many shots did you hear?”

 

Dion Vernon

“Well the police man here, he burst like seven over this side. Then you have the ones who brought the prisoners caye, they were bursting shots from over that side. But he looked like he had a point thirty eight, a man in red and white- he was in civilian clothes. When I looked there was one escapee in the middle, and two at the back there. When they found out that one was behind the place there by the bus parking. They robbed the place and they were trying to escape but it looked like same time information and thing and like I told you the boat bringing prisoners had officers and same time action was going on and things were happening.”

 

The men are expected to be charged for their crimes soon. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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