Manus Police

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.

Suspect in hiding after abusing 12yo

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspect is in hiding after sexually abusing a 12-year-old student.

The girl was returning home from school on October 15th when he confronted her and forced her into the bush.

“He stripped her and sexually penetrated her,” said the PPC.

“She was taken to the Lorengau General Hospital for medical examination and a complaint has been filed with police.”

PPC Yapu said the suspect will be arrested soon, and he is appealing to the community of Lundret to help them.

Suspects break into pharmacy, police on lookout

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said at 3.30am, about six suspects held up the building’s security guard with a staple gun and used an iron bar to break through the front door.

The suspects stole mobile phones, laptops, speakers, earphones, memory devices, soft drinks and biscuits; items amounting to K20,684.

“The CCTV footage was able to capture the identities of the suspects,” said PPC Yapu.

“Police are working on some good leads and with the help of the CCTV footage, they will be able to arrest the suspects soon.

Hard labour sentence for dangerous driver

Bobby Peter of Pak Island was convicted by Lorengau Grade 5 Court Magistrate, Ernest Wilmot.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said on August 22nd, Peter was driving under the influence when his PMV truck crashed into a power pole at ward 2, Lorengau town.

His passengers were rushed to the Lorengau General Hospital, where one of them later died.

He was charged by police with one count for dangerous driving causing death and four counts for dangerous driving causing grievous body harm.

Search For Hit-And-Run Driver

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said at about 5.30pm on Saturday, a Toyota Hilux, owned by Harbourside Hotel, was travelling out of Lorengau town at ward 1.

The driver was travelling at high speed and ran off the road, hitting two sisters who were walking beside the road.

“The vehicle ran over one of the victims’ left leg, resulting in a broken bone,” said the PPC.

“Both victims sustained serious injuries to their bodies and were rushed to the Lorengau General Hospital.

“Both are in a stable condition in the hospital.”

Police search for rape suspect

The Grade Seven girl was walking home when the suspect forced her into the bush and raped her.

Provincial police commander (PPC), chief inspector David Yapu, said the incident occurred on September 19th at 7pm.

“The victim was taken to the health centre at Panuselu for medical examination,” stated the PPC.

“The suspect is still on the run and will be arrested soon.”

Yapu appealed to the ward councillors and community leaders to assist police by bringing the suspect to the police station.

Students injured, parents lay complaint

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said: “Some frustrated parents of students attending elementary and primary schools in Manus Province have reported that some teachers have abused and harshly disciplined their children using excessive force.

“As a result, some students sustained severe injuries and have been referred to hospital for medical treatment.”

He said teachers have no legal right to abuse or use excessive force to discipline students at school.