Suspect Morris Korveley
Police investigation into a recent armed robbery incident that caused panic in the Wood-camp area of Parker Paint in Paynesville outside Monrovia has liked a sophomore student of the African Methodist Episcopal University or AMEU Mr. Morris Korveleyto allegedly sheltering and providing arms for robbery operations.
Announcing a manhunt for the suspected armed robbery facilitator on Monday, 2 May, police officials said investigators found two illegal arms in a pit dug under Korveley’s bed during search of his bedroom in Kebbah Community,Barnersville on Thursday, 27 April.
He was allegedly implicated by an arrested armed robbery suspect only identified as “T-pain” during police interrogation in connection with the Wood-camp robbery in which police and robbers were locked down in fire exchange, wounding one of the suspects.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Sam Collins told journalists at the Liberia National Police Headquarters on Monday that investigators saw two illegal arms in suspect Korveley’s room concealed in a pit dug under his bed.
Commissioner Collins said the suspect’s room has tile on the floor extending across the pit under the bed and it is designed in in a way that it is not easily detected that there is a pit in the room.
He further narrated that investigators saw large screen TV and other valuables inside suspect Korveley’s room when they visited the area, and residents said they have been observing strange people around him for a while.
According to the Deputy Commissioner, T-pain claimed Korveley has been providing shelter and arms for their armed robbery operations, but noted that suspect Korveley still remains on the run.
Sixteen items were listed on a sheet in police possession with Morris Korveley’s name on top under a caption “properties recovered,” signed by Barnersville Community Chairlady and other community members.
The items include flat-screen TV, black LG set, black mixture, brown stabilizer, and a green and black Dell Laptop, among others.
The hunt for alleged armed robbery facilitator Korveley is being announced by police following fire exchange with robbers who placed residents under gunpoint in Wood-camp last month and made away with their belongings.
Several arrests were made, though, but residents said they saw about 26 suspects ransacking their community before police arrival, and they heard at least 15 rounds of gunfire during the attack.
Locals here, like those in Wood-camp sometimes do not follow-up such cases once suspects are held in detention; and rights advocate institutions like the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission would demand the release of suspects held under pretrial detention at Monrovia Central Prison after two court terms without being prosecuted.
Police recently announced the release of some 20 armed robbers under similar condition by the JPC after government’s failure to prosecute them following two court terms.
By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Jonathan Browne