Police raid Creen St house
By Kim Lucas
June 22, 2002
Word that three wanted men were holed up in a house at Creen Street, Werk-en-Rust sent the police scurrying to the area yesterday. Several heavily-armed ranks, mainly from the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) and the Quick Reaction Group (QRG) surrounded a three-storey house at Lot 31 Creen Street for about an hour before leaving with the lone occupant, an 18-year-old mother of one.
When Stabroek News arrived at the scene, the police had cordoned off all the streets around the house, keeping bystanders at bay. Just around the corner, on an empty front lot on Norton Street, several officers were seen in combat position in the bushes, guns trained on the house. The building was said to be owned by Hilda Barry, who resides in the United States of America.
After about an hour, at 11:28 hrs, a number of policemen emerged from the building through the front entrance. The police bundled the teenage mom into one of their vehicles and pulled off. Two young women, claiming to be the granddaughters of the owner, identified the woman taken into custody as Barry's youngest daughter, who runs the beer and karaoke pub on the ground floor of the building.
After the police left, this newspaper observed that the door leading to the first floor of the house appeared broken, but an inner grill door remained locked.
One resident of Creen Street told Stabroek News she saw when the police arrived at about 10:30 hrs and was praying that they did not bring out "a dead body". Acknowledging that residents don't usually "check" on others and their activities, the woman said that her household remained shut-in during the entire operation, for fear there might be a shoot-out.
Another person, questioned about the sighting of three men for whom wanted bulletins were posted yesterday, indicated that at least one member of the trio might have been in the area. On Thursday, the police again sought the assistance of the public in the capture of Romel Sylvester Reman, Kwame Pindleton called Jamaal Chan and Shawn Marco Gittens who are wanted in connection with a series of robberies and murders. Responding to the police's presence in Creen Street yesterday, a source in the Police Public Relations Department said it was just a routine operation, which the police usually embark on whenever they get a tip off that wanted people are sighted.
Reman, 21, is five feet, five inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. His two last known addresses are 49 Princes Street, Wortmanville and 22 Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge, both in the city. The police said Reman has a scar on the left arm. Pindleton, on the other hand, is six feet tall and was last known to be living at 10 Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge. The 23-year-old has a scar on the back of the neck. Gittens, 23, of 43 Norton Street, Werk-en-Rust has a scar on his left shoulder.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the wanted men are asked to contact the nearest police station or call 226-7530, 225-2227, 226-6978, 225-3061, 226-1326, or 225-3650.