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Jun 10, 2019

Armed Robbery Leads to Shootout; 1 Person Detained

There was an armed robbery at the solid waste transfer station located off mile three on the George Price Highway. Armed robbers entered the compound and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and other items from the office and escaped in a white SUV. That vehicle was observed a short distance away in the Faber’s Road area by a mobile patrol unit that became suspicious of the vehicle. The pursuit by the officers quickly escalated to a shootout after which the driver of the vehicle was detained and the loot from the burglary recovered. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

It was like the Wild West this morning in the Faber’s Road area near Krooman Road when a police chase ended with a shootout between law enforcement officers and a group of armed men. The crossfire occurred on Krooman Road near its intersection with the George Price Highway and soon after, the mobile patrol unit was able to apprehend the driver of the vehicle; three others managed to escape.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Police officers were patrolling the Faber’s Road area when they tried to stop a white SUV. The SUV took off and went through the Krooman Road area and came to a stop. When the vehicle came to a stop, three gunmen alighted the vehicle and opened fire at the police. The police responded, but the men managed to escape. The vehicle eventually sped off with the driver alone in it and again the police continued the pursuit and the vehicle was caught on La Croix Boulevard and inside the vehicle police found the driver Erwin Castillo and inside the vehicle they found a number of items believed to have been stolen from the area of waste control.”


At the time of the shootout and subsequent apprehension of Erwin Castillo, police were not aware that the men had just burglarized the solid waste transfer station at mile three. Just after four a.m. today, they got through the chain-link fence at the rear of the compound, bound the security guard before forcing themselves into the building.


Ivan Aguilar

Ivan Aguilar, Logistics Manager, Solid Waste Transfer Station

“There was a forced entry onto the compound. They caught the security off guard; they held him at gunpoint at which point, the other assailants came in. They gained entry into the office here via the rear entrance. They took a couple things. At the moment, we are still trying to take stock of inventory—what was actually taken and what wasn’t.”


Chester Williams

“The watchman from waste control reported that the said vehicle with four occupants went there, they tied him up and then proceeded to burglarise the building and took a number of items. And so again, quick police work and good observation on the part of the police officers concerned have yield the detention of one person and the items stolen recovered as well as the vehicle used.”


Among the stolen items was a laptop. The thieves also managed to access a safe and steal an undisclosed amount of cash.


Ivan Aguilar

“I believe yes. They did get into the safe. We have some money that was taken; we don’t know how much at this time. Like I said, we are still trying to take stock of what exactly was taken.”


Duane Moody

“In terms of security, what kinda of additional security if any will be put in place just to ensure that something like this does not reoccur?”


Ivan Aguilar

“Well we will assess the situation. I cannot tell you anything at this point. We will assess the situation and from there we will move on and we will see what can be done to further secure our facilities.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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