A notorious criminal narrowly escapes death at the hands of angry mob after attempting to snatch cell phones from an unsuspecting prey in Plank Field community, Paynesville City. The suspect, accordig to eyewitnesses, snached a phone of an unidentified woman, who had reportedly gone to the market adjacent Plank Field community, but his attempt to escape with the phone backfired when angry mob intervened.
The eyewitnesses disclose on many occassions, criminals in the market vicinity harrassed and inflict bodily wounds on their victims, who dare to pass in the area day or nighty.
Josephine McClaim, who claims she was at the scene when the suspect criminal snatched the woman’s phone, narrates that after the act was committed, the victim alarmed immediately,thereby claiming the attention of marketeers, passers-by and motorcyclists who chased the suspected thief in an attempt to retrieve the phone.
She continues that when the criminal observed he was being chased by angry crowd, he jumped into a nearby zinc shack to escape arrest, but the crowd threw stones at the shacks, forcing him out towards the direction of Pipeline road.
She says when the criminal noticed there was no escape route for him, he quickly jumped in a drainage along the Pipeline road and conceived himself under a culvert, but the crowd persistented in throwing stones at him and hitting his body with steel rod in order to kill him.
She adds that officers of the Libria National Police assigned at the Pipeline Police Depot rushed to the scene after they were alerted that an angry mob was at ther verge of killing a suspected criminal. A senior police officer, who declined to be identified, expressed thanks to the mob for containing the suspect in the drainage, which prevented him from escaping arrest.
He then requested the mob to allow the police take delivery of the suspect and take him to the depot for investigation. The suspect theif was handcuffed and placed in a police van with the crowd chasing the vehicle, but could not get closer as the van speeded away from the scene.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne