Suspected steeet urchins on Monday protested the death of their colleague, resulting in the arrest of three people by the Police.
The suspected street urchins operating from Chibolya compound ran amok claiming that they were revenging the death of their colleague who died on October 19, 2023.
The suspects are alleged to have gone round armed with machetes targeting to loot some shops within Chibolya, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Danny Mwale, said.
Mwale in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday said upon hearing that officers were alerted, the suspected criminals escaped and instead vented their anger on persons they suspected to have called the Police.
He said the suspected criminals hacked five people leaving them with multiple deep cuts on their bodies.
“Police officers who rushed to the other scene of the incident found the victims identified as Amos Banda aged 23, Daniel Kalinda aged 25, Martin Mubanga, Innocent Kalima and Nduwayo Jeomorie all aged 28 lying in blood with deep cuts on their bodies,” Mwale said.
He said the victims were rushed to the hospital where they were currently admitted.
Mwale said in addition, the suspects are alleged to have damaged a windscreen of one motor vehicle, a Nissan Patrol bearing registration number ABM 7601.
“Police managed to arrest three suspects who have since been charged with malicious damage to property and unlawful wounding,” he said.
Mwale said those arrested had been identified as David Chanda, aged 20, Daniel Kalunga and Gift Menya, both aged 22, all of unmarked house numbers in Chibolya compound.
He said the suspects were detained in Police custody while Investigations had intensified.
In a related incident, Mwale said Police received a report of aggravated robbery in which six suspected criminals who were armed with machetes broke into a named company along Mumbwa road after attacking a security guard who they tied and hacked.
“It is alleged that the suspects broke into one of the Director’s office and blew up the money safe and went away with US$21,000, K133, 623 and scanners valued at K37, 500,” he said.
Mwale said the incident occurred on October 23, 2023 around 01:00 hours.
He said Police officers were alerted and rushed to the scene where the guard identified as Julius Sinkala aged 55 was found lying in a pool of blood with multiple cuts on his body.
“His hands and legs were tied. Machetes are believed to have been used in the act. He was rushed to the hospital where he is admitted,” Mwale said.
He said preliminary investigations further indicated that entry and exit was through the bathroom window.
Mwale said Police arrested two suspects, aged 38 and 39, in connection with the incident and that investigations were ongoing.
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