Man, 21, Arrested for Plotting to Rob Publisher

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Jonathan Stubblefield, 21, who worked for two months as a driver for Mr. Sando Moore, publisher of the Images magazine, was arrested last Thursday night, February 11 by the Liberia National Police for allegedly planning an armed robbery targeting the publisher’s house on Saturday, February 13.

Stubblefield had reportedly registered to attend the United Methodist University (UMU), sources say.

In a telephone conversation, which was recorded between Stubblefield and an unidentified man, Stubblefield said there would be no bloodshed, though they would have knives during the robbery.

“It will be easy,” he said on the recording, “because the papay (Mr. Moore) is old and he is afraid so we will only tie him with rope, and everyone in the house.”

Stubblefield said they (including two others) would ensure that everyone at Mr. Moore’s house in Thinkers Village will never have access to a mobile phone during the operation. “I will take computers from his house; anything valuable,” Stubblefield said on the recording.

At the station following his arrest, Stubblefield, during the playback of the recording, held his head in both hands. According to Stubblefield, he would “get the Nissan Patrol” that is parked in Mr. Moore’s yard, “out of the yard [and] that he (Mr. Moore) would not know how it would be out of there.”

Police sources said Stubblefield is being held for further investigation since he mentioned additional accomplices for the unsuccessful armed robbery. When police searched Stubblefield’s person not far from Executive Lodge in Thinkers Village, a stun gun that had been missing
from Mr. Moore’s home was found on him.

Though police investigators are yet to locate the other accomplices, Mr. Moore told the Daily Observer in a telephone conversation yesterday that he is afraid for his life and those of his
family.

“I’m thankful that I was able to prevent what could have been a disastrous experience, and I thank the police for their prompt response.

“I am shaking with that experience and truly with the recent mysterious death of Mr. Harry Greaves, I don’t know whether the young man and his accomplices’ motives were simply for material things or not, and I am afraid,” Moore said.

The magazine publisher said the mysterious deaths of Messrs. Greaves and Dan Orogun (Nigerian banker) have created fear in Liberian professional and businessmen, adding, “the government should set matters straight.”

“We cannot have a lawless society in which everyone must be armed to be safe,” Moore said, “therefore, the police and other security agencies should work to build confidence in the people.”

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