The NEWS (Monrovia)

19 November 2012

Liberia: Arm Robbery Averted At Ecobank, Seven Arrested

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police last Friday averted an arm robbery incident at ECOBANK in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, and arrested at least seven of the suspects.

The suspected armed robbers, according to Acting Police Spokesman Lewis Norman, were arrested with electric drill harmer, 100 keys, cutlasses and other deadly instruments.

The seven criminal suspects, the police said, include James Toe, Washington Mulbah, Mark Bufford, Jackson Ego (Nigerian), David Williams, David Kenneth and Sampson Toe.

The suspects reportedly escaped from Monrovia following the launch of the "Operation Safe Haven" by the LNP early October.

Acting Spokesman Norman speaking on UNMIL Radio Crime Watch Program last Friday disclosed that the suspects were arrested by the police while attempting to enter the bank using some of the 100 keys.

Since the launch of the special operation, the police said about 150 suspected criminals have been arrested.

Meanwhile, the LNP has declared a notorious criminal suspect identified as Lewis Kennedy wanted.

Lewis Kennedy was among 22 convicted criminals who escaped from the National Palace of Correction in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County. Since the escape of the suspects, 17 were rearrested and remanded to jail but two of the 17 died from bullet wounds after they reportedly exchanged gunfire with ERU officers. Five escapees including Kennedy are still at large.

The LNP has called on the public to share information about strange individuals in their communities and the whereabouts of suspect Kennedy.

Kennedy was convicted for arm robbery and was serving a life sentence at the Correction Palace until they broke prison and escaped.

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