A deadly gang of armed robbers have been dealt with after police operatives gave them a hot pursuit as they tried to rob a woman in Owerri.
One of the criminals after he was caught by the police
Security operatives have apprehended an armedrobber who specializes in trailing victims before attacking and robbing them.
The culprits were arrested along Umezurike Hospital Road by Nworie River.
An unsuspecting young lady was walking along the said road, not knowing that he was being trailed by the hoodlums operating with a tricycle (Keke Napep).
Nwadike Chikezie who narrated the incident said that the hoodlums approached the lady, grabbed her handbag and hit the road. When people raised alarm, security operatives gave the criminals a hot pursuit before catching up with them.
Chikezie said the robbers' trick to distract those pursuing them by throwing away the handbag yielded no fruit, as the charged pursuers sustained their pursuit.
Along the line, the criminals abandoned the tricycle and ran to the Nworie River Bush. Immediately, the area was cordoned and with spirited efforts, one of them was caught. The police presence stopped the mob from executing jungle Justice immediately.
Witnesses quickly testified that the caught criminal is a known face who specializes in snatching of bags, phones and other valueable items. The criminal has since been taken to the State CID for further investigations.