Mangochi police station is keeping in custody four suspects for committing armed robbery in the district
According to Mangochi police station public relations officer Inspector Rodrick Maida,the four suspects stormed Soko bus deport within Mangochi Township on 13 December this year at about 9 pm one of them armed with a pistol they suddenly entered into a shop belonging to John Maisha a Rwandan businessman.
The suspect armed with pistol pointed it on Maisha’s wife and demanded cash and airtime voucher.
Sensing danger the wife surrendered K124,000.00 cash and airtime voucher worth K15,000.00.
Then the husband gathered courage to arrest the culprit but was unfortunately shot on the chest.
The suspect with a pistol then run away towards Metro Shop where he met a bicycle taxi operator identified as Steven Yona ,who also tried to arrest the suspect but unfortunately he was also shot by the abdomen.
Both victims sustained gun wounds and were referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital for further medical attention.
Maida added that following tips from the general public police arrested the first suspect Gift Sitamba of Village Mponde Traditional Authority Mponde in Nkhota-kota at Liwonde in Machinga and recovered one pistol with five live amunitions from his house.
The following day 16 December ,a second suspect Thomas Useni of Village Kulumba Traditiomal Authority Chowe in the district of Mangochi was arrested at Lingamasa in Mangochi.
On the same day third suspect Aliseni Ali of Village Chomba Traditional Authority Mponda in the district of Mangochi was also arrested and recovered one pistol with 13 live amunitions from his unregistered Renault saloon motor vehicle.
Two day later police managed to arrest a fourth suspect Muhamad Ali of Village Kwitunji Traditional Authority Katuli in the district of Mangochi was at Biriwiri border post in Ntcheu on his way to South Africa.
Maida further said police recovered some of the stolen properties.
The stolen properties include K3,000.00 cash, Airtime voucher worth K8,000.00, 2 pistol rifles, 3 magazines and 18 live amunitions.
Police will use these stolen properties as evidence in court.
Meanwhwile police is thanking the general public for furnishing information that led to the arrest of the said four culprits and recovery of some stolen items and offensive weapons.
Suspects are appearing before court to answer charges levelled before them.
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