Police have identified three of the four bandits shot dead during a shootout at a businessman’s home in Mayaro on Monday.
Family members yesterday identified the corpses of Akel George, 29, of Second Caledonia, Morvant; Keshon Rojas, 23, of Edinburgh, Chaguanas and Odel Prieto of Covigne Road, Diego Martin.
Police are still waiting for relatives to confirm the identity of the fourth bandit.
Meanwhile, the search continues for three other suspects who escaped during the shootout.
According to police, seven bandits jumped over the eastern wall of the gated Krista Park community at Beaumont Road, Mayaro, around 9 am on Monday.
They broke into the home of a Chinese restaurant owner, where they bound his 17-year-old son with duct tape.
Police said the businessman and his wife entered their home around 9.15 am and the armed bandits approached them. The bandits also bound their hands and feet.
Eastern Division police, acting on information, responded to the home invasion and arrived at the house, where they observed the bandits exiting the yard. Upon seeing the officers, the bandits opened fire on them.
The Police Service said that keeping with its Use of Force Policy, the officers returned fire, hitting four bandits multiple times. However, the others escaped.
Police recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, three pistols and an air rifle from the scene, along with a quantity of cash. The officers subsequently entered the house and rescued the family.
Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds praised the TTPS during his contribution to the 2023 national Budget debate in the Parliament on Monday. Hinds said everyone should note the police’s recent great successes in its response to crime.
“You saw it in La Romain. You saw it again this morning in Mayaro. Everyone in this country must know the police are on high alert, highly trained, ready and responsive, and I want to commend the Police Service for the kind of work in standing in defence of the people of Trinidad & Tobago,” Hinds said.