|Man shot in high-speed chase|
Royston Jones Jr.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Aug 18, 2012
Police shot one man and arrested him along with another suspect after they led officers on a high-speed car chase through western New Providence yesterday afternoon.
Both suspects, wanted for questioning in connection with a number of housebreakings, were reportedly in a white Chevy Blazer in the Delaporte area.
Superintendent Stephen Dean said police attempted to intercept the vehicle, but the driver sped away.
Police set up a roadblock at the intersection of John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road to intercept the suspects.
Police said the suspects attempted to drive through the roadblock, reportedly endangering the life of one of the officers, who shot one of the suspects.
With numerous armed robberies over the past few weeks and a significant uptick in armed robberies for the first seven months of the year, Dean warned residents yesterday to take extra precautions to ensure their safety.
Police reported three separate armed robberies in recent days. The first reportedly took place shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday on Collins Avenue.
A woman standing in front of a business establishment was approached by two armed men, who robbed her of cash and a cell phone, police said.
Police reported that four hours later an armed man, who concealed his face with a tam and shades, robbed Miller’s Wholesale on Faith Avenue north of an undetermined amount of cash.
Police also said a man standing outside his Carmichael Road home with a female friend shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, was approached by two armed men and robbed of cash, jewelry and cell phones.
The victim’s taxi van was also reportedly stolen.
Last weekend, seven armed robberies were reported across New Providence.
Cases of armed robbery have jumped from 512 between January 1 and July 24 last year to 617 in that period this year — an increase of 21 percent.
“Persons who travel home late at night, make sure you call ahead so someone can be on the alert, the lights can be on and people can expect you,” Dean said.
“With that in mind we want you to look at your surroundings, put security lights around your residence to make sure your place is visible and people can see that your residence is not hidden in darkness.
“The key thing is you have to remain alert. If you see anything suspicious, it may not mean anything to you. For example, a car circling a particular area over and over, is something you have to call the police about.”