Police investigators in Monrovia have charged five suspects with multiple crimes, including burglary and aggravated assault for allegedly attacking arresting officers and looting their personal belongings, including cash before injuring one of the officers.
A team of detectives, including Charles King, Michael Nywoeh and T. Kendricks Doe led by Deputy Chief of Anti-Burglary Squad, Detective Edmond B. Reed complained of losing various valuables as US$5075; US$400; LD$2,500 and cell phones, wallets, ATM and Police ID Cards and call cards after being attacked.
Under multiple crimes, the accused, including defendants Daniel Koffie , Emmanuel Goffa, Samuel Wilson, Enoch Tarr and Chuku Moses were charged and sent to court for criminal conspiracy, preventing arrest or discharge of duty, hindering law enforcement, aggravated assault, robbery and theft of property.
The group of men allegedly chased the police officers and injured one of them in the aftermath of their attack- allegedly taking away the officers’ personal items and preventing an arrested suspect from being taken away by officers.
A summary of the charge sheet also alleged that the incident occurred last month when Detective Edmond B. Reed led a team of officers to escort suspect George Pajibo at the ELWA Junction to identify one Kanga Harris.
The team had escorted suspect Pajibo to identify co-suspect Harris due to claims that he (Harris) had given Pajibo a stolen phone, even though the phone had already been retrieved. Upon being identified by Pajibo, suspect Harris was acquainted with his charges and arrested by the police, the charge sheet said.
But a group of men listed earlier were said to have attacked the police, while Harris was being taken to the mobile to be carried to the Liberia National Police Central Headquarters on Capitol Hill. The attackers succeeded in taking from the police, suspect Harris and in the process, wounded Officer King on his head.
The group of men chased the officers and took their properties mentioned, the police said. By Winston W. Parley – Editing by George Barpeen