Police said a 24-year-old soldier who was detained following the deadly heist in La Romaine on Monday has been released.
Authorities said around 1:55 pm Saturday, police officers indicated to the Private’s attorney that he would be released immediately.
The soldier was seen leaving the San Fernando police station about 65 minutes later.
The soldier, who is attached to the La Romaine camp, was represented by a team of attorneys led by Criston J Williams and including Jade Martinez and Blaine Sobrian.
Police said the soldier was detained on Monday evening after he went to the San Fernando police station to make a report that he had been carjacked by five men in La Romaine.
When officers took the report, they quickly realized that his vehicle had been one of the vehicles utilized in the robbery.
He was immediately detained for questioning.
The Private has denied any wrongdoing or involvement in Monday’s robbery.
His attorneys contended that this continued detention without evidence was “unlawful and unreasonable”.
In their submissions, they noted that there was no statutory provision for the length of time a person ought to be detained, however, the case law has previously established that 48 hours can be deemed reasonable, especially if no evidence has been presented to keep the individual in custody.
Furthermore, they contended their client could have been released into the custody of the Regiment if concerns by the State were so strong that he could abscond.
Four persons now remain in custody in connection with the incident which claimed the lives of security guards Jerry Stuart and Jeffery Peters.
A third security guard, Peiola Baptiste, was also injured.
She recently underwent emergency surgery at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, having sustained a stroke while receiving treatment for gunshot injuries sustained during the attack.
According to police reports, on Monday afternoon, the three security guards were exiting the plaza with money representing sales from the company when they were ambushed by a group of masked men.
The incident was recorded on CCTV cameras near the building.
The suspects were armed with handguns and rifles and shot at the guards.
The guards in turn returned fire, however, they were hit several times.
The gunmen grabbed the bags of cash before escaping in a waiting Nissan Sylphy, which then drove onto South Trunk Road.
Peters died at the scene, while Stuart and Baptiste were rushed for medical attention.
Stuart died while undergoing treatment, while Baptiste was transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex due to the severity of her injuries.
Police then received intelligence which led them to a home along Jones Street, off Windsor Street in La Romaine.
There they found four of the suspects attempting to evade the law.
The suspects opened fire on the policemen, and the officers, in keeping with the use of force policy, returned fire.
The four men were all fatally shot and died at the scene.
The deceased suspects have been identified as Kyle Ramdhan, Keyon Ramdhan, and Greg Dodough, all of Delhi Road, Fyzabad; and Deaundre Montrose.
They were said to be in their 20s and were known to the police for robbery and firearm offences.
More on this as it becomes available.
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