By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE shot and injured two teen armed robbery suspects late Tuesday night after a high speed chase and shoot-out in New Providence that lasted about 20 minutes.
Police believe the two suspects, ages 15 and 19, are responsible for a number of armed robberies in the capital.
Officers later arrested two other armed robbery suspects, who also took them on a separate high speed chase that ended after they crashed into a wall. Police also believe these men, ages 21 and 39, are responsible for a number of armed robberies.
The drama began around 8:30pm off Bernard Road.
According to reports, a man was sitting in his Honda Stream in front of a business when two youth armed with a handgun robbed him of cash and his car before speeding off.
Shortly after 10:30pm, police on mobile patrol spotted the two suspects in the vehicle on Peter Street. The officers attempted to pull the car over, but the suspects sped off with the police car following.
During the pursuit, police said the suspects shot at the officers which prompted them to return fire.
The suspects led police to Jerome Avenue where they crashed into a wall. Police immediately arrested the suspects. The 19 year old was shot in his leg and the 15 year old was shot in his arm.
Police also recovered the victim’s wallet containing cash and personal items, which was taken from him during the armed robbery.
The suspects were taken to hospital where they are listed in stable condition and under heavy police guard.
Around 11pm police found themselves involved in another high speed chase, this time in the Marathon Road area.
According to reports, officers from the Flying Squad were on mobile patrol when they spotted three suspects driving a gold coloured Honda Accord that was stolen during a recent armed robbery.
The officers attempted to pull the car over, but the suspects sped off.
Police pursued the suspects and ended up in the Marathon Estates area, where they crashed into a wall. Two of the suspects were arrested and taken into custody, however a third suspect escaped the area on foot.
Anyone with information on any of these matters is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.