Man arrested for robbery of men eating at a restaurant identified as a suspect in another robbery
Kaieteur News – The 22-year-old from ‘B’ Field, Sophia, arrested Monday in connection with the million-dollar robbery committed on two men, eating at a restaurant last Saturday, was positively identified yesterday by the victims at that major and was also identified as a suspect in another robbery.
According to reports, the suspect, Christopher Cornette, a clothing dealer, accompanied by another, walked into a restaurant at Lot 15 Klein Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, and was reported to have stolen Navindra Kooblall, 34, a boat captain, from La Grange Old Road, West Bank Demerara, and Leon Dyal, 33, sales representative, of Aron Street, Fortuin Wood, West Bank Demerara, of millions in cash and items.
Cornette was arrested on Monday, and last night Guyana Police (GPF) revealed in a statement that he had been positively identified by Kooblall and Dyal during an identification parade.
Kaieteur News had reported that last Saturday, between 20:15 o’clock. and 20:30 o’clock, Kooblall and Dyal were dining at Hong Xiang, a Chinese restaurant, when Cornette and his assistant, both armed with handguns, walked into the restaurant and approached their table.
CCTV footage shows one of the robbers holding the men at gunpoint, while the other removed the gold chains from Kooblall’s neck. The two men stayed still with their hands in the air while the thieves continued to loot their valuables.
According to a police report, Kooblall was reported to have stolen six gold chains worth $ 2,145,000, two gold rings valued at $ 220,000, one gold band valued at $ 400,000, one largest iPhone Pro 11 smartphone valued at $ 320,000, one Samsung A17 smartphone valued at $ 150,000 and $ 300,000 cash. The total value of the items was $ 3,320,460. As for Dyal, it was stolen from one Samsung A50 smartphone, worth $ 60,000 and $ 195,000 in cash.
Based on the CCTV footage, after Kooblall and Dyal were relieved of the items, he then instructed the bandits to walk to the back of the restaurant. The thieves then left the restaurant and repaired their escape in a white 212 car.
In addition, while on the identification parade yesterday, Cornette was positively identified by Jadeshwar Doolchand, as the person who robbed him on March 30, 2021, at Fortuin Wood, West Bank Demerara.
Police said the Police Manager for Division Three, Errol Watts, said Cornette was positively identified by the three victims as the person who robbed them.