The suspected robbers with their weapons
The Adenta District Police Command has arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with an alleged shooting which nearly killed a Japanese national last December.
The suspect, Eric Ofori, allegedly attacked a house at Ampomaa Village near Adenta with a pump action gun to rob. In the process, he shot the victim twice in the right arm and bolted.
Items retrieved from him upon arrest included a pump action gun and two live BB cartridges.
Narrating the story to DAILY GUIDE, the Adenta District Police Commander, Stephen K. Ahiatafu, said the suspect was the bosom friend of the victim’s husband.
On December 22, 2011 around 11pm, the suspect called the victim’s husband to find out if he was at home.
Upon realizing that the husband was still at work, the suspect stormed the house and ordered that the victim open the door for him to enter.
The victim was suspicious and queried the suspect what he wanted from her at that ungodly hour.
The suspect then asked her to bring an amount of GH¢2000, otherwise he would shoot and kill her.
Ofori went ahead to fire some bullets at the door when the victim answered that she had no money.
“In the process, one of the bullets hit the victim in the arm. The victim then picked her cheque book and signed an amount of GH¢3000 to the suspect,” the commander said.
The suspect, upon sensing danger, left the cheque and bolted.
When police were informed and got to the scene, two empty shells of bullets were found, together with the signed cheque, on the compound of the victim.
The victim was rushed to the police hospital for treatment.
Suspect Eric Ofori was later arrested but upon interrogation, he denied having committed the act.
Early this month, the landlord of Eric, domiciled in the United States, reported to the station that his pump action gun and new clothing had been stolen.
“Suspect Eric Ofori, through our investigations, confessed having broken into the landlord’s room and stolen the items.
“He also confessed having used the gun to shoot the Japanese. Our checks also indicate that the bullets in the gun were the same as the ones found at the scene. Suspect would be prosecuted soon,” the commander said.
Earlier, two men who attempted to rob a compound house were also arrested.
They are Gideon Fianku- 24, and Kwesi Adjei- 20.
DSP Ahiatafu indicated that the two conspired to rob a compound house on Thursday, January 26, 2012 around 10am.
Upon getting to the house, suspect Gideon jumped into the house while Kwesi stood outside and spied.
The landlord of the house who heard that someone was attempting to break into one of the rooms called for help.
Sensing danger, the two attempted to flee but they were arrested.
A search conducted on them by the residents revealed a double-barrelled locally-made pistol and a knife.
The suspects were brought to the police station for interrogation. The two would be arraigned later, the police said.
By Linda Tenyah