Armed robbers have terrorized two densely populated communities in Gardnersville with sporadic gun sounds heard across Supermarket and Town Hall on the night of 1 May.
Panicking residents ran helter-skelter Tuesday night under sounds of gun – fire when some notorious armed robbers carrying AK-47 gun and Guinea made single barrel guns stormed the communities in Montserrado County Electoral District #12.
Some eyewitnesses say the incident brought to memory the days of war here, narrating that the armed robbers discharged rounds in an apparent attempt to abscond arrest after robbing a money exchanger in the Supermarket Community.
According to witnesses, the armed robbers were firing and making their way through the two communities to board a waiting vehicle to take them away. Several persons from the area including Cecelia Colemon, Josephine Yankun and Jesse Q. Tony have given accounts to this paper following the incident.
According to the witnesses, residents earlier called police while the armed robbers were carrying on the attack, but they claim that police could not encounter the robbers.
They say police arrived there after the robbers had fled to an unknown destination. The witnesses disclose that some of the inhabitants who were chasing the armed criminal gang reportedly identified a private residential building in which one of the suspects allegedly entered.
According to the community dwellers, the building in question belongs to a family closed to the Town Hall. Angry crowd were said to have besieged the house and demanded the occupants to get out or it would be set ablaze.
Our reporter who visited the two communities saw very huge crowd of people, with some giving their individual accounts of what they witnessed around 10:20 pm on Tuesday.
Officers from the elite Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) surrounded the house in question and arrested all occupants. The arrested occupants were taken to the Gardnersville police station for investigation.
Inhabitants of the Town Hall and Supermarket Communities are calling on government to intensify its fight against armed robbers and other notorious criminals who are terrorizing peaceful residents in search of money and valuables which sometime results to others’ death.
When this reporter visited the police depot to ascertain information on the arrest of several persons for questioning, senior police authorities declined to comment on the matter.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley