December 04, 2012
Police captured a teenager near his home yesterday in connection with the armed robbery and shooting of a 14-year-old girl, less than 48 hours after the violent attack. Head of the Central Detective Unit Superintendent Paul Rolle said the 19-year-old suspect was arrested shortly before 2 p.m. near his home in the Sir Lynden Pindling Estates area. "We were following some leads and officers went into the area, where they encountered this male and took him into custody," he said. Police are still determining whether another suspect was involved in the incident that left the girl fighting for her life in hospital.
The 14-year-old girl was shot four times in the upper body by the young man at around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday in Nassau Village. The victim, whose identity has been withheld, was walking alone along Catherine Street toward her home when the suspect pulled up alongside her in a car and asked her for money, according to police. The suspect opened fire when the girl told him she had no money, police reported. Rolle said he did not understand how someone could rob and shoot a 14-year-old girl. The girl underwent surgery on Sunday evening and has since been listed in stable condition.
"We need to find that out, when we talk to him, why he would want to rob her," said Rolle. "I think he thought she had money." Rolle confirmed the victim knows the 19-year-old, however, he was unable to state how she knew him. He said the vehicle police believed was used in the botched armed robbery was also detained yesterday. He did not wish to provide a description of that vehicle. Rolle admitted that a firearm had not been recovered up to press time.
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