Manus Police

Policeman Arrested For Stealing

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the 31-year-old first constable was charged with stealing from the complainant, who was initially arrested for domestic violence.

“His waist bag containing K460 was given to the policeman to look after,” said PPC Yapu.

After being released, an empty waist bag was returned to the complainant.

The complainant reported the matter to police, whereby PPC Yapu directed for an investigation which led to the arrest of the officer.

Young Man Passes, Friends Detained

Manus police reported that the deceased was drinking with his friends at Derembat village, PNKA LLG, when fighting broke out.

“The suspects assaulted the deceased and he sustained head injuries and was taken to the Lorengau Provincial Hospital,” said provincial police commander, David Yapu.

“He was admitted in the hospital for two weeks but died on December 24th, 2021.”

In another incident, a young man on Bipi Island died after being cut on his leg with a bush knife.

Manus Robbery Suspect Detained

Provincial police commander, David Yapu, said his officers conducted a dawn raid during New Year and apprehended the suspect at Palo’s Hill at ward 5.

The suspect is of Manus and New Ireland heritage.

He was recently involved in a robbery at City Pharmacy.

The suspect is in custody and will be dealt with by Criminal Investigation Division members.

22yo arrested with weapon

The suspect was identified as Rayson Tommy, of Manus and East New Britain descent.

Provincial police commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said the youth was terrorising the community at Lorengau town with the weapon.

“The community reported the incident to police, who quickly responded and arrested the suspect,” stated PPC Yapu. 

“He has been charged and will appear in court this week.”

Yapu said the homemade staple gun was usually held by youths for holdup in town. 

Manus escapee recaptured during raid

Provincial Police Commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said the escapee was terrorising people at the village when they reported the matter to police.

The escapee, Carol Ndreyeh, aged 21 of Lowa village, was serving 17 years at CS for murder when he escaped early this year.

The PPC thanked the team for a job well done.

Meantime, PPC Yapu said police are continuing with their festive operations in the province.

He appealed to residents to behave and celebrate Christmas and New Year peacefully.

Manus Police Prep For Festive Period

The operation will conclude on January 5th, 2022.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said with the limited manpower and resources they have, they will go into full force to ensure the people celebrate the festive season peacefully.

He said they will set up roadblocks at strategic locations to check drivers’ licences and vehicles to ensure they are registered, insured and roadworthy.

They will also arrest drunk drivers.

The police will also execute national court bench warrants and look for escapees.

More Manus Robbery Suspects Arrested

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said both were part of the gang that stole a vehicle on October 31st from Lorengau Provincial Hospital before holding up a Bangladeshi-owned shop.

A shootout with police followed immediately afterwards, where three of the suspects sustained pellet wounds and escaped in their getaway vehicle.

The PPC said so far, three suspects have been arrested.

Wounded Suspect Apprehended In Raid

Police raided Kolwin village and apprehended 19-year-old Malai Loh of Buyang village, Tetidu LLG.

Provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspect, with five of his accomplices, held up the driver of Lorengau Provincial Hospital and stole the hospital vehicle.

They abandoned the vehicle at ward three, hijacked a hire car and drove to a Bangladeshi-owned shop called Lorengau Enterprise.

Series Of Armed Holdups Reported

Provincial Police Commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said the first incident occurred at the Lorengau Provincial Hospital.

He said six suspects, armed with a factory made .22 rifle, homemade guns, a bush knife and axe, held up a driver of the hospital.

They stole the hospital vehicle from him and drove off to ward 3, Lorengau town.

The suspects abandoned the hospital vehicle at ward 3 and held up another victim and stole a hire vehicle, a 10-seater, from him.

“The suspects fired a shot in the air and drove off with the vehicle,” said the PPC.

20yo rape suspect detained

Police in Manus have reported that the suspect, involved in the October 15th incident, is now in custody at the Lorengau Police Station.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the 12-year-old student was returning home after school when the 20-year-old man forced her into a nearby bush and sexually penetrated her.