Licensed firearm holder shoots would-be robber

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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A man whom the police described as a notorious robber was cut down by a licensed firearm holder yesterday.


He has been identified only by his alias 'Pree Dem' of a Phase One, Seaview Gardens, St Andrew address.


Police report that a licensed firearm holder experienced car problems just after dawn on a section of Spanish Town Road when he was allegedly approached by Pree Dem and another man -- both riding bicycles.


Both allegedly attempted to rob the man, but were stopped in their tracks after the man drew his weapon and opened fire.


"Pree Dem was reportedly hit in the face and died on the spot while the other robber, described as a 'juvenile', "hightailed it away from the area", the police said.


The incident caused a major traffic pile-up during morning peak hour as crime scene investigators cordoned off the death scene.


A cop from the St Andrew South Division said 'Pree Dem' has been committing a series of robberies along Spanish Town Road, in Washington Gardens and other nearby communities.


"We have set up operations to catch him but he had so far managed to get away. He is a known thief, a common thief who has had several brushes with the law. We are now looking for the other man as we want to have words with him," the cop said.


The claim that 'Pree Dem' was a habitual criminal was confirmed by residents of Seaview Gardens, who said despite several warnings he would not desist from his nefarious habits.


"Him get warning all the time to stop thief people things but him ears hard. So him must face him judgement. I only hope other youths learn seh by the sweat of your brow you eat bread. Him was a thief for true," a resident said.


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