Two robbers who snatched bag of foreigner arrested

BY: Emelia Ennin Abbey
Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr George Alex Mensah
Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr George Alex Mensah

Two armed robbers are in the grips of the Osu police in the Greater Accra region after residents there effected a citizen's arrest Thursday evening.

The armed robbers allegedly snatched a bag belonging to a British woman, which contained an unspecified amount of money, reports Emelia Ennin Abbey.

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The Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police , Mrs Effia Tenge at a press briefing on Friday said the British woman was attacked by three men who were on an unregistered motorbike at Osu on Thursday evening.

The two suspects, identified as Joseph Lartey, 34 and Abubakar Issah, 27, have been arrested while the third suspect who is yet to be identified is at large.

They are said to have snatched her handbag after threatening her with a gun while she was walking towards the Country Kitchen area at about 7:45pm.
Mrs Tenge said the woman raised the alarm while her attackers were bolting which attracted the attention of some persons close by.


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While the good Samaritans were pursuing the suspected bag snatchers, a national security operative who was close by arrived at the scene and joined in the bid to arrest the suspects.

In the course of the pursuit the motor rider allegedly fell off and was arrested while his two accomplices escaped.

The motorbike was impounded and handed over to the regional police command together with the suspect.

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A few minutes later the Osu police received information that a man was being lynched by an angry mob close to the Trust Hospital around Kuku Hill.

The swift intervention of the police led to the rescue of the man who was later found to be one of the suspects on the motorbikes who escaped but was pursued by the residents in the area.

Car snatchers arrested

Meanwhile, two suspected criminals said to have snatched a Toyota Corolla vehicle in Kumasi and offered it for sale in Accra have been arrested by the Accra Regional Police Command.

The two men who were arrested upon a tip off have been named as Kwabena Ofori, 42, and Michael Salifu, 47.

Ofori was offering the Toyota corolla private car for sale and upon intelligence gathered, the police feigned interest but later arrested him.

Following Ofori’s arrest he mentioned Salifu as his accomplice and led the police to arrest him at North Kaneshie.

The two are said to have admitted during interrogation that they stole the car from Kumasi and brought it to Accra to sell.