Police Arrests Several Armed Robbers

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Amid a wave of armed robberies across Monrovia, the Liberia National Police has arrested five suspected armed robbers.

A police press statement said those arrested include Franklin Menlor, Wedding Mehn, Junior Duo, Cephus M. Tolee, and Otis Tolee. The five suspects were arrested in the Rehab community outside Monrovia. Single barrel shotguns and other deadly weapons were also confiscated.

Weapons retrieved by the Liberia National Police from the armed robbers. Photo courtesy of the Liberia National Police

The suspects are currently in police custody and undergoing investigation.

In a related development, the police said its Anti-Robbery Unit has arrested a notorious armed robber identified as Emmanuel Johnson, along with his accomplice Saar Bundo.

Police said Johnson and Bundo were arrested for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery incident which occurred in the UTE community in Grand Bassa on August 31, 2019.

The two suspects were armed with a single barrel shotgun and other deadly weapons, the police reported, adding that “the suspects entered the UTE compound and placed the security guards under gunpoint and made away with several valuables and monies including one Samsung tablet, one Dell laptop, US$4,000, €300, and L$500, among others.”

“The Anti-Robbery Unit was also able to seized the vehicle marked LB A25452 used during the commission of the crime,” the police statement added.

Vehicle confiscated by the Liberia National Police in an armed robbery. Photo courtesy of the Liberia National Police.

The press statement mentioned that the two alleged suspects were arrested based on a tipoff from some community residents while they were attempting to flee the scene. An Ivorian national had been beaten by the robbers and he is being treated at a medical facility in Grand Bassa, police said.

The police also announced that it has launched a manhunt for other accomplices who aided and abetted the commission of the robbery.

The suspects are also in police custody and undergoing investigation.

Featured photo courtesy of the Liberia National Police

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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