Police Charge Two in Connection to Last Week’s Armed Robbery in Grand Bassa

BUCHANAN, Grand Bassa – Police in Grand Bassa have arrested and sent to court two persons in connection with last week’s armed robbery in Lloydsville Township that claimed the life of one person.

Police said they separately arrested Shadrach Gee and Janjay Mamie Taykar. Taykar, who is suspected to be the mother of one of the suspects (Francis Willie), was arrested at her resident in Buchanan and Shadrach Gee was arrested at the Elite Bar and Restaurant on Tubman Street with L$13,000 (US$84) in cash.

According to police sources, Taykar denied that she was Francis Willie’s mother. Willie is known to police as a notorious criminal in Grand Bassa.

The police found Taykar to be suspicious because she owns over eight motorcycles that are currently running traffic in Buchanan and the source of her income is unclear.

The authorities also said the motorbike used during the recent armed robbery was at the home of Taykar and her son, but Willie fled when he noticed that officers were searching for him.

The surviving victim of the armed robbery, Moses Joe, had identified the motorcycle used in the armed robbery. Additionally, he also identified Shadrach Gee as one of the attackers.

Police said Willie remains at large, but they were doing everything possible to arrest him and bring him to justice. Both Taykar and Gee refused to give any details to reporters of their involvement in the matter.

Taykar was charged with criminal facilitation, aiding and abetting crimes, and criminal conspiracy. Meanwhile, Gee was charged with murder, criminal solicitation, and armed robbery.

Both Taykar and Gee were sent to the Buchanan Magisterial Court for trial. They have been remanded at the Upper Buchanan Prison Compound while they await trial.

During last week’s armed robbery, criminals fatally shot a resident of Lloydsville Township in Grand Bassa’s first district. The incident occurred last Thursday morning at approximately 2:00 a.m. and the victim, Junior Lloyd, was killed while attempting to rescue one of his neighbors, Moses Joe, who had been attacked by the criminals.

In addition to taking a life, Joe said the robbers stole close to L$500,000 (US$3,227) from him in cash, plus 56 phones.

Residents of Grand Bassa’s first district have long complained that their district is under siege by armed robbers.

Several months ago, armed robbers stole L$500,000 plus over US$1,000 from two businessmen in the same Lloydsville Township.

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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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