17-y-o charged in connection with armed robbery of taxi driver
KINGSTON, Jamaica— A 17-year-old student of Gresham Avenue in Kingston has been charged following his involvement in the alleged armed robbery and assault of a taxi operator in his community on Saturday, August 5.
The student has been charged with robbery with aggravation and conspiracy to robbery with aggravation.
Reports from the police are that about 3:30 am, the taxi operator received a request from a passenger to be picked up and transported from South Camp Road to Half Way Tree.
On his arrival at the location, two women, who identified themselves as the callers, requested his help to put items in the trunk. While in the process of doing so the taxi operator was pounced upon by the teen and four men who were armed with handguns and machetes.
They proceeded to inflict multiple chop wounds on his body, after which they robbed him of his motor car, cash, cell phone, and other personal items. The man managed to escape further injury and reported the matter to the police. He was assisted to hospital, where he was treated.
The teen was taken to the station by his parent on Thursday, November 2 and was positively recognised during an identification parade. He was subsequently charged on Tuesday, November 14.
His court date is being finalised.