Robber shot dead
By NALINEE SEELAL Friday, June 29 2012
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DEAD END: A heavily armed policewoman stands guard near the body of would-be robber Lyndon Emerson Marshall at a car park off Henry Street, Port-of-Sp...
A 44-YEAR-OLD La Brea man who pointed a gun at an Indonesian-born businessman during a robbery attempt was shot dead by his intended victim at a car park in Port-of-Spain yesterday morning.
For two hours, Lyndon Emerson Marshall’s body lay on the ground of the car park opposite Royal Pacific Wholesale and Retail Grocery and Accessories, owned by Ayoub Kabli, at 64 Henry Street, Port-of-Spain. Next to Marshall’s body was the revolver which he used in his failed bid to rob Kabli.
Police said at about 9.15 am, as Kabli was walking toward his pickup van, he was confronted by Marshall who pointed a revolver at the businessman and announced a hold-up. However, 47-year-old Kabli quickly drew his licenced firearm and fired three times, in quick succession, hitting Marshall at point blank range in his chest. The would-be robber fell to the ground where he died.
The gunshots alerted passers-by, including persons employed by Kabli, who all rushed to the car park to gawk at the body. A report was made to the police and Supt Kenny McIntyre, Ag ASP Ajith Persad, Inspector Ruben Alleyne, PC Ramsook and District Medical Officer Dr Chai Hong visited the scene. They were later joined by Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson.
Three separate forms of identification, found on Marshall, all gave his address as Railway Extension, La Brea. Police said Marshall was known to them and was believed to be a deportee from the United States.
A trembling Kabli told Newsday he thought he was going to die and was operating on instinct when he drew his weapon and fired. Kabli said he believes Marshall may have been monitoring his movements for a while before deciding to pounce on him yesterday.
He was comforted by several businessmen including president of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) Gregory Aboud. Kabli was later taken to the Port-of-Spain CID to give a statement. His firearm has been seized as part of the police’s investigation.
DCP Richardson advised members of the public, especially businessmen, to be aware of their surroundings including where their vehicles are parked. He said a full investigation is now taking place into the shooting death and he could not comment further.
For his part, Aboud said the loss of a life was regrettable. “The sight of a dead body, regardless of the circumstances, is always a sad sight and while we understand the circumstances of self defence, we are still regretful that incidents such as these are occurring in our country.
“The attack on private citizens in parking lots should be noted by all those who make the assumption they are safe when they come and go from their automobiles. In downtown Port-of-Spain, we face the same serious challenges that exist all over the country, with respect to crime but we are not daunted nor will we give up to make this a safe, clean and friendly place,” Aboud said.
He noted although Kabli was not a member of DOMA, he (Aboud) had reached out to him in support. Marshall’s body was later removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James for an autopsy. Investigations are continuing.