Police hold 8:Chinese national killed in grocery robbery

This weekend turned into a bloody one as police recorded five deaths, five of which were murders, one involved death allegedly by police officers and several others shot and wounded in separate incidents throughout T&T.

Yesterday around 4 am, in Barataria with the quick response by officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force, six Trinidadians, among them two women and two Venezuelans were caught red-handed by police attempting to rob the owner and occupants of the Happiness Supermarket at the corner of the Eastern Main Road, and Sixth Avenue. 

Police said officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force, Barataria, and Morvant Police Station prevented the suspects from escaping from supermarket.

It was reported that six men and two women, armed with knives and cutlasses, entered the supermarket and proceeded to the upper floor of the building where the owner and eight employees, all Chinese nationals, were asleep. 

The suspects attempted to rob the occupants but a struggle ensued during which several people were stabbed and chopped, including one of the Chinese nationals whose name was not released to the media up to late yesterday.

A report was made to the police who responded within minutes and caught the eight suspects red-handed.

The police officers found several persons suffering from injuries. 

The Chinese national suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital where he died. 

Some of the suspects were also injured in the melee and had to be treated at hospital.

Police said nothing was stolen from the supermarket. 

The local suspects live at Morvant, Laventille, and Belmont.

Police are also checking the legal status of the two Venezuelans. Investigators are to focus on murder and attempted robbery.

On Saturday, at about 8.25 pm at Thrush Lane in Maloney Gardens, a group of people who was playing cards at the side of the road were shot at by gunmen who pulled up in a silver Nissan. 

The car then drove off. Police said four men were shot and wounded and conveyed to the hospital.

On arrival, one of the victims identified as footballer Nathan Julien 28,  of Flamingo Boulevard, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Julien played for the T&T Prison Service. In an immediate response to his murder, the Prison Service expressed shock and sadness over the news of his death.

Julien was a member of the Prison Service football club since 2017 and also copped the 2019 T&T Super League and club’s top goal scorer title.

He was described as a player whose “presence on the field was dominating and impactful.  A humble and disciplined individual, Julien was well loved and admired by all who knew him, including opponents.”

The Prison Service condemned the actions of the miscreants and criminals “who continue to deprive the nation of talented and promising young individuals and preventing them from reaching their full potential.”

“Whilst we struggle to come to terms with Julien’s passing, our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and we party for added strength and comfort during this extremely difficult period. May he rest in eternal peace,” the statement from the Prison Service said.

Also, on Saturday at about 8.30 pm a man from Maraval was shot and wounded during a drive-by shooting at Boodoo Avenue.

Police said the man was with a group of friends when a white  Nissan Wingroad pulled up and two men exited opening fire on the group.

The suspects then got back into the vehicle and escaped.

One man was shot and wounded and was subsequently taken to hospital for medical treatment. 

About 30 minutes after in Tobago, at about 9 pm a man was shot and wounded in another drive-by shooting in the vicinity of Milford Road, Crown Point. The victim is said to be listed in a serious condition at hospital.

In another incident, also on Saturday, at about 5.30 pm two brothers—ages 28 and 22 were shot and wounded while liming near their home at Aboud Circular in St James. 

Police said one for the men was shot in the arm while his sibling was shot in the leg.

On Friday, a 30-year-old man from St Joseph was killed during an alleged police involved shooting in San Juan.

According to a report, officers were on mobile patrol at about 4.10 pm when they intercepted a white Nissan B12 motor vehicle with a lone male occupant.

The report said as the officers attempted to approach the man, he opened fire on them forcing them to return fire. The driver, police said, managed to speed off. The officers gave chase, however, as the vehicle turned west along the Eastern Main Road, officers from the North Eastern Division Task Force who were nearby saw what was taking place and attempted to interrupt the vehicle.

Police said the vehicle accelerated in the direction of one of the officers, who drew his firearm and pointed it at the driver and opened fire.

The vehicle crashed into another vehicle along Third Avenue.

The suspect was held by the police officers and being wounded he was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he later died.

The suspect was identified as Anton Grant of Maracas, St Joseph.

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