Police Charge Three With Robbery in Grand Bassa

BUCHANAN, Grand Bassa – Police in Grand Bassa have sent three suspects to court who were recently arrested for robbing a businesswoman.

The suspects are Prince Thompson, age 26, the 28-year-old Sampson Barcon, and Mitchell George, 32.

According to police, the crime occurred at about 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26 when Christiana Jacobs had asked the motorcyclist Mitchell George to take her to Wayzohn. While en route, Jacobs had given her bag to the motorcyclist as she sat at the back.

Police said George then stopped the bike in the Big Joe Town community to wash his feet, as motorcyclists usually do after traversing muddy paths. However, while washing his feet, Sampson Barcon, another suspect, came close to the bike and took away Jacobs’ bag, which contained L$800,000 and US$2,000.

Jacobs reported the case to the police the next day and their investigation led them to arrest the three men. Police found Barcon with only L$126,000 in Buchanan and he later gave the name of Thompson as one of his collaborators.

Jacobs accused the motorcyclist of masterminding the entire robbery because she found it suspicious that he stopped to wash his feet when there were still muddy portions of the road ahead.

The stolen money, Jacobs said, had been collected by market women. They usually collected the money and provided it to one person to buy goods such as cassava and bananas from rural parts of Grand Bassa for sale in Buchanan.

The suspects have been charged with robbery and sent to the Buchanan Magisterial Court for trial. They are behind bars at the Upper Buchanan Prison compound awaiting trial, which is expected to begin on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Featured photo by Sampson David.

Sampson David

Sampson G. David is a journalist with over eight years of experience. He is a deputy manager at the Diahn-Blae Community Radio Station, a correspondent of the Liberia Broadcasting System, and a sophomore student at Starz College of Science and Technology, studying Management Information Systems.

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