Police injure suspect in failed robbery

A suspect has been injured following an unsuccessful attempt at armed robbery along Vadavada, Port Moresby, on Sunday afternoon.

Between 4.30 and 5pm, three armed men attempted to hold up a fifth element Hilux with its occupants, but failed and ran back towards the settlement.

Zones Response Unit 300 was on routine patrol around the area when they were alerted by members of the public.

They gave chase on foot, managing to shoot one of the suspects armed with a homemade gun. The other two suspects managed to escape.

That same day, police report that occupants of a Nissan Navara were held up at Malolo Estate at Eight-Mile at about 5pm.

The vehicle was taken by four armed suspects and driven to Morata where a Zones Response Unit 200 on routine patrol within Morata came across them at Morata 2.

The stolen motor vehicle was a hired vehicle which has a security cut off switch.

The vehicle had cut off just when spotted by the Zones Response Unit. One suspect was apprehended while the other three escaped.

Acting NCD-Central Commander, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, commended the Zone Response Units for their commitment and being able to pick up their performance.

“The Metropolitan Superintendent NCD had as of last week re-organised the units’ operations,” stated Wagambie Jnr.

“We will keep on improving. I am focused in giving as much support my office can to Metsupt NCD Perou N’Dranou so that NCD Police picks up well in operations.

“We still will send in a plan to the Governor of NCD if he is interested in strengthening Police like other Members of Parliament have been doing in their districts in other provinces. I want to see that we build up the capacity of the existing Zones Response Units to operate in a sector patrol style.”

(The suspect who was picked up at Vadavada)

Press release