Stabbed victim undergoing treatment at ELWA Hospital
At least four armed robbers, who invaded the home of a newspaper publisher Mrs. Helen Nah Sammie last Friday morning, were arrested following a timely police response at the scene of the crime in Thinker Village-Sugar Beach Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
Though the armed men succeeded in breaking into the house, stabbing one of the occupants on the shoulder before making away with several valuable items, a vigilant team of Emergency Respond Unit (ERU) and Patrol officers from Zone 8 of the Liberian National Police (LNP), under the command of Tarnue Kerkula, arrested the men and retrieved some of the stolen items, including a flat screen television.
In a statement after the incident, Women Voices publisher Ellen Nah Sammie said the woeful event occurred on Friday, May 18, at about 5:30 in the morning.
The statement said, “The four men, with deadly weapons, broke through the window to my kitchen, stabbed my son, who is currently undergoing treatment at the ELWA Hospital, and made away with a flat screen television; US$500; a portable radio and other unaccounted-for valuables.”
Madam Sammie said they could do nothing about the robbery except to call police officers. She said even though she was calling one of the operational numbers of the police, she did not know who she spoke with from the LNP when the officers responded.
“I started calling 102, but the phone rang endlessly and then I later dialed 104, and someone responded and assured me of a police response team. I did not know who I was talking to until later when my husband called to appreciate the person before I got to know it was a man called Commissioner Ambrose Nebo, who is LNP Assistant Commissioner for Administration,” she said.
Mrs. Sammie said the police response was very timely and the team was able to arrest four suspects who, upon interrogation, admitted committing the crime. Police were able to retrieve some of the stolen items, including a flat-screen TV.
“I have never felt like this before. It was a horrible experience,” she recounted, while thanking the police.
It is still a mystery how the armed gangs made their way into the house that until then, seemed well fortified, with a bulletproof door purchased from Turkey and window bars made of 5/8’ steel rods. The house is also secured by a fence that is about seven feet in height, topped with shards of glass and an excellent lighting system. The house is located just a stone’s throw away from Soorya Beach.
It might have taken the robbers’ hours to break through. But apparently, they took advantage of the heavy downpour that morning, coupled with noise from the generator that powers the home.
Thinker Village is one of several communities that are yet to benefit from electrical grid, the statement said.