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Two suspected armed robbers have been arrested in the early hours of Thursday by the Twifo Praso Police Patrol team in the Central Region (CR).
The suspects, Joseph Quansah, 36, and Daniel Ewusi, 32, had engaged the police in a marathon race with a BMW saloon car with registration number GT 4523 J, from Twifo Praso before their arrest at Ankaful junction in the Cape Coast metropolis.
Addressing the media at the Central Regional police command, the regional police commander, DCOP Paul Manly N. Awini, said the Praso police patrol team after a tipoff that a saloon car was being used by some suspected armed robbers in an operation pursued the suspects.
He said the suspects on reaching police barriers at Praso and Jukwa, caused damage to the barricades and sped off.
“The police chased them up to Brimso barrier and the robbers again ignored a signal by police officers on duty to stop, they nearly knocked down a policeman on duty,” DCOP Awini added.
He said, the suspects upon reaching the Ankaful junction started firing at the police with the police also returning fire. In the process, he said, the suspects’ vehicle ran into a ditch and one of them who was with a rifle fell and ran through the bush. The arrested the two.
A stray bullet hit a taxi cab which was caught up between the police and the suspects’ vehicle and one of the three occupants of the taxi, Mary Aboagye, 38, lost her life as her husband, Aboagye Okyere, 47, sustained injury from same.
Mr Awini also added, that a 15 year old Cecilia Mensah who was standing at the roadside looking for vehicle to school was also hit by the bullet and had (the two) since been taken to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital where she is receiving treatment. The deceased has also been sent to the morgue pending autopsy.
The regional commander revealed further that, the police “upon an inspection in the BMW, found 7 live goats and 5 dead goats”. He said the Regional police command had visited both victims on admission at the hospital and the IGP had since directed that the National headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) takes over the case for investigations.
Responding to the reporter’s question on whose bullet hit the victims, the regional commander said “that will be known after the investigations.”
Story: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah ||
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