THREE men and a woman from Port-of-Spain have been charged with several offences arising out of an incident in which a police officer was allegedly attacked.
Jamila Rodney and Kareem Thomas, of Nelson Street, and Kieandro Ollivierre and Shane Duncan also know as Mamoo, of Duncan Street, were arrested on Wednesday by officers of the Duncan Street Police Post and Port-of-Spain Municipal Police for allegedly assaulting a police officer while executing his duties.
They were expected to appear before Port-of-Spain Magistrate on Friday.
Police reported that around 8.45 pm on Wednesday, a police officer attached to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and posted to the Duncan Street Police Post, was on duty when he heard several loud explosions coming from a Duncan Street apartment complex.
The officer proceeded to the Duncan Street Basketball Court, where he met other officers of the Municipal Police who were conducting investigations in the area.
While there, police officers were confronted by a crowd of angry residents, who began behaving violently to an officer. With the assistance of the municipal police officers, the suspects were arrested and taken into police custody at the Duncan Street Police Post.
Following the fracas, several stones and bottles were thrown at the Duncan Street Police Post which caused damage to the front windscreen of a marked police vehicle.
Officers were able to restore order to the situation.
The following charges were laid on Thursday:
- Rodney: Obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty, assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty and resisting arrest;
- Thomas: Assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty and resisting arrest;
- Olliviere: Disorderly behavior and resisting arrest; and
- Duncan: Assault by beating.
Cpl Thomas of the Duncan Street Police Post is the lead investigator into this case.
Earlier this week, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said there will be heightened crime fighting measures for the capital city since there has been an increase in reports of criminal activity.