Lae Police

Police shoot suspect in leg after foiled robbery

Two other suspects escaped when Omili Police intercepted and proceeded to the location.

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said the suspect had been serving time at Buyevi Correctional Services in the Southern Highlands for rape and attempted murder.

Apart from being wanted for rape and attempted murder, the suspect is also wanted for the murder of a high school student two years ago in Lae.

He will be formally arrested and charged after receiving medical treatment at the Angau Memorial Hospital.

Lae public commended for quiet show weekend

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said it has always been challenging for police to ensure order during the annual event but this year was well handled by the police operations executed by his men and women.

He said while police were deployed in and outside the showground, there was order inside despite public frustrations of gaining entry because those under the influence of liquor were refused entry.

A two-day liquor ban was imposed yet many frustrated showgoers denied entry into the show grounds were drunkards

Criminal shot dead, others wounded by Police

The exchange resulted in a criminal shot dead and several others wounded with many more believed to be wounded and on the run after rolling off the mountain tops of West Taraka where they had been camping.

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr confirmed the shoot-out adding that police has acted on intelligence that the gang linked to the Lae International Hotel, Pelgens Supermarket and several major robberies had been camping there.

Wagambie said the syndicate had received a big blow after police busted their hideout with casualties as a result.

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A quick response by Lae Police has seen the apprehension of the main suspect involved in the killing of a student at Bumayong Lutheran Secondary School last Friday.


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‘The law will catch up with you’

“Those supporting criminal activities through the use of vehicles/boats or other logistics and funding, the law will catch up with you,” he said in a statement.

“Police investigators are working around the clock.”

Wagambie Jnr says they have gained insight on how these gangs have been operating.

“We are getting closer and these people who have been supporting them, if there is enough evidence, will be arrested and charged.”

Meanwhile, police are monitoring activities within Lae City after experiencing a spate of robberies.

Police beef up presence in Lae

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr says he asked the Divisional Commander for additional manpower from the two provinces.

It is understood the engineering battalion at Igam barracks will provide extra security at the show ground gates.

Wagambie Jnr wants to assure the public that police will cater for both the Morobe show and the city, and ensure there is peace and normalcy during the show period.

“I call on the general public to behave in an orderly manner and also take ownership,” Wagambie Jnr said.

Police and gang shootout leave two dead in Lae

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr while assuring public that police will not use firearms  but will not hesitate to shoot if fired upon, said the two suspects are confirmed dead.

Wagambie Jr said the two  involved in the armed robbery and shootout were part of the gang that opened fired on Police at West Taraka as they were making their getaway while Police were in pursuit.

The Superintendent said the police vehicle sustained damage from the bullets fired at them and it was then that Police engaged the suspects by returning fire.

Lae police assure public, firms of planned safety operations

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said this while denying there was a string of robberies that took place last Monday.

He said robberies on business houses were well planned, with insiders giving information for a clean getaway.

“I want to assure the public that we (Police) have coordinated and planned operations in place to cater for the public and business houses,” Wagambie Jr said.

Getaway Vehicle Involved in Accident

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said five suspects had held up occupants of a fifth element just outside the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium at around 4:30 pm and they made their getaway towards China Town and onto the backroad where they met their fate at Bumayong market.

Mr Wagambie said the incident was reported to a police patrol unit twenty minutes later by the victim. The patrol unit later alerted the Law police.

Lae residents in PNG colors

Lae MP Loujaya Kouza in addressing the people of Lae city during the 41st Independence anniversary celebrations at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium admitted that there were problems deterring day to day operations of the Police force but with a young head like Wagambie, he is able to lead his 200 plus men.

“To have a young man like you Met Supt to tame 200 plus man in Morobe is not an easy road but you have managed to tackle law and order in the province with what you have,” Ms Kouza said.