K’dua medical village robbers nabbed


 
Three suspects and their three accomplices have been arrested in connection with armed robberies at the Koforidua Medical Village where many health officials of the Eastern Regional Hospital live.

The suspects are also alleged to be responsible for most of the armed robberies in other parts of the New Juaben municipality. 

They are Samuel Akwetey, alias Kwame Agbeko, 35, said to be the ring leader; Godwin Ametoyo, 38, and Isaac Agomor, 22.

Their accomplices are Gideon Boateng, 28, said to be the carrier of the stolen goods, Charles Awuku, 47, and Mohamadu Zebu, 32, who allegedly receive the booty.

Another member of the gang whose name has been given as Harrison is currently on the run.

Items retrieved
Items retrieved from them include one plasma television set, a laptop and a foreign made pistol, all of which, according to the police, were stolen from the Medical Village.

A number of house-breaking implements and knives were also found on the gang.

The arrest of the gang, according to DCOP Akuriba Yaagy, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, was a significant breakthrough by the police in the fight against crime.

Media briefing
At a press briefing at his office last Friday, DCOP Yaagy said, “We have made a significant breakthrough by arresting Akwetey, who has been on the police wanted list for some time now.”

Giving details of the arrests, he said a ‘Good Samaritan’  who spotted Akwetey in the Koforidua business area last Thursday raised an alarm.

The ‘Good Samaritan’ single-handedly struggled to get hold of Akwetey, he said, while a taxi driver joined him to overpower the suspected robber.

According to the Eastern Regional Police Commander, after Akwetey had been handed over to the police, he mentioned the names of his accomplices, leading to their arrest at different locations.

He indicated that the police were on the trail of Harrison and that investigations were being conducted into the case, after which the suspects would be put before court.

Background     
From September 2012 to November 2013, the Medical Village recorded a number of armed robbery attacks, during which some of the doctors werebeaten and their belongings stolen.

That forced many of the doctors at the Eastern Regional Hospital who resided at the Medical Village to decide not to attend to emergency night calls to duty due to the persistent attacks by robbers.  

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