A/R: Disabled, 23, arrested for robbery.
The Manhyia Divisional Police Command has arrested two suspected armed robbers including a disabled person who attempted to rob a taxi driver of his Toyota Corolla taxi cab with registration number BA 2910-14 in Kumasi.
The suspects, Akwasi Francis, 22, and Robert Antwi alias Azonto, 23, a physically challenged person, hired the services of the taxi driver from Labour roundabout to Afful Nkwanta and on reaching Children’s Park, Francis, who was then seated at the front passenger’s seat, pulled a locally manufactured pistol, while Antwi, then sitting at the back passenger seat, also pulled a knife on the driver and ordered him to get down from the car.
Briefing a press conference on Tuesday July 25, 2017, the Ashanti regional police commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah, said the driver resisted and held the pistol. But in the process of the scuffle, Antwi, who was then holding the knife, stabbed the driver several times in the head, neck, forehead, and back in order to subdue him.
“Luck, however, eluded the two, when some bystanders saw them struggling with the taxi driver in the car and went to his aid. The two were immediately apprehended and handed over to the Manhyia Divisional Police Command, where they have since been in custody assisting police investigations,” he said.
According to him, during investigations, Francis mentioned one Kofi Sarpong, a 22-year-old driver’s mate, as the one who gave him the locally made pistol.
“Suspect Kofi Sarpong when arrested also mentioned suspect Justice Bawuah, 43, as the source of the weapons. He was subsequently arrested to assist in investigations. One locally made pistol, 13 assorted mobile phones, and other items were retrieved from him,” he said.
Meanwhile, the taxi driver is currently at the KNUST Hospital receiving treatment.