Lae Police

Wanted suspects captured in Madang

The suspects had conducted an armed robbery in a shop at Karkar Island and had fled by boat to Sarang village, located along the North Coast Road of Madang.

Talidig Police with the assistance of Lae based MS 13 apprehended three prime suspects of the eight who were armed with a factory made shotgun and home-made shotgun.

The suspects, after realising that they had nowhere to run, surrendered to a Foursquare Church pastor.

Lae police tail known criminals, foil robbery plans

Civilian police spotted the vehicle matching the description given and tailed it from Kamkumung to Eriku, where they were intercepted.

There were eight men on board the vehicle. Police had to fire warning shots to stop the vehicle when the driver didn’t stop after being signalled by officers sounding the siren.

The suspects, realising that it was police, tried to get off the vehicle and run away but Police managed to apprehend all eight men who were also heavily intoxicated.

80 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes confiscated

A lone policeman from Omili Police Station in Lae, with community leaders, conducted a walk through Nawaeb Block all the way to Kamkumung settlement when they approached suspicious movement of people in the area.

The group, upon realising that it was police, dropped some of the cartons they were carrying and made a run for it. 

Police and the community went through the area and retrieved up to 80 cartons of counterfeit Pall Mall red cigarettes. 

Armed robber shot dead by shop owner

There were up to 15 men who walked into the shop at about 7am in the morning when they opened for business. 

According to Lae police from CCTV footage viewed, it was seen that the men pretended to be early morning shoppers, but then pulled out homemade guns and bush knives attacking and chasing the security guards; some of which tried to force their way into the area where the cash register and other staff were. 

Details of deceased robbery suspects established

The three robbery suspects were gunned down on April 2 while a fourth was seriously wounded on his leg following a gunfight with police.

Two of the men reside in Lae, one from Northern Province while the other from Morobe, and have both served time for various offences. 

The third, going by the nickname of ‘Whitey’ of Milne Bay and Madang parentage, had been on the run from Milne Bay police following a series of criminal activities committed in the province.

Robbery suspects gunned down

The suspects had been involved in an armed robbery of an Asian shop owner at Downtown Lae around 9am yesterday (April 2).

The suspects were intercepted by a traffic police unit when they tried to escape in a Sedan.

The unit was in the area and was alerted by gun shots fired by the suspects, who wounded the Chinese national and a security guard.

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Commander Anthony Wagambie Junior, said the traffic police promptly contacted all units, who then blocked off possible escape routes.

Lae police prioritise domestic violence

Apart from the normal policing of criminal activities, Lae police are also encouraging the general public to be vigilant in reporting and dealing with this issue.

Family and sexual violence is a major issue in Lae with cases of rape and violence against women and girls reported on a weekly basis.

The Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Commander, Anthony Wagambie Junior, who is also a strong advocate, has been vocal on the issue.

Special Lae police Easter operations

General policing and drunk patrols will be conducted to ensure that the Easter long weekend is celebrated peacefully. 

“We ask that the public observe why Easter is celebrated. It is a celebrated on the Christian calendar and is a time to attend church,” stated police.

The law enforcers will be deployed to all parts of the City to ensure that people move about freely.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, urged the Lae public to respect others by cutting down on noise pollution and drunken behaviour.  

Prompt response by Lae police applauded

Commander Anthony Wagambie junior says this should be credited to the initiation of the toll free number, which has been very effective since its inception.

The crime rate has effectively decreased in the city and with the number of people responding to the toll free number daily, this was a much-appreciated outcome, he said.  

Wagambie Jnr also credited the quick response to the sector patrol units manning their designated patrol areas.

(Anthony Wagambie junior file pic)

Shop owner injures robbery suspect

The man and two other suspects were apprehended by the Lae police and will be facing charges related to the armed robbery.

The wounded suspect was identified as a man from Yangoru, East Sepik, while the other two are from Morobe Province.

They are all from the Miles area in Lae.

The Lae metropolitan superintendent, commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said the three men were part of at least a ten-man gang armed with machetes and home-made guns.

The group had attempted to rob the shop but they did not anticipate that the owner would have a pistol.