The Chairman of a community policing forum (CPF) from the Monrovia suburb of Point Four in the Municipal Borough of New Kru Town on Bushrod Island, Mr. Joseph S. Mulbah confirms the death of two persons whom he claims had been separately stabbed overnight by hardened criminals. Making the disclosure to this paper on Wednesday, 18 October Chairman Mulbah, who did not name the two victims, explains that as a result of the two separate incidents, the watch forum in collaboration with the Liberia National Police is requesting all businesses operating in the area to close by 1:00 PM to enable it confronts criminals brought into the community overnight.
He notes that the ongoing community security measure has paid off, leading to the arrest of several criminals, who stabbed innocent residents and made away with their personal effects, including cell-phones, hand bags and other valuables. The suspects have reportedly been turned over to the Liberia National Police Zone One sub-station in the community for prosecution.
According to Mr. Mulbah, customers of business houses in the community are being constantly harassed and robbed by criminals, creating serious setback to their operation. The CPF chairman continues that he and his men regularly patrol the community during night hours and engage notorious criminals most of whom come from West Point Township, a densely populated slum community on the coast of Monrovia to carry out their trade.
He narrates that few days ago, the forum was fortunate to apprehend one of the criminals after he stabbed a boy on the hand and attempted escaping the scene with the victim’s personal belongings. He further explains the victim was quickly rushed to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town for medical treatment, while the suspect currently detained at the Zone One police sub-station is being processed for court trial.
Mr. Mulbah warns residents of the community, who are associating with hardened criminals to desist or face the wrath of the CPF and the police, noting that some of the business people in the area are fully cooperating, while others continue to violate measures put in place to curtail crimes.
He emphasizes that any resident caught collaborating with criminals will be arrested and handed over to the police for prosecution.
Several business people, who spoke to this paper during a tour of the community, similarly confirmed being witnesses to attacks on peaceful residents in the main street of Point Four and that, in some instances, some of their business colleagues directly intervened, preventing those allegedly involved from escaping the crime scene.
By Emmanuel Mondaye