The two people who were taken into custody immediately following last Wednesday’s incident, where the police were involved in two high-speed chases are now charged. Stacey Barthley, 34 and 26yr-old Saliem Harrigan, Aka “Chucky” both of Green Bay were jointly charged on Saturday with Unlawful Possession of one 9mm and one .22 round of ammunition. Barthley was further charged with Perverting the Course of Justice by Making a False Statement.
Last Wednesday, the police and members of Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force were on mobile patrol, when they spotted a white Toyota Mark-X motor car A46268, travelling on Bendals Road at a high speed, with the occupants inside acting suspiciously. This led to a high-speed chase which ended on Bendals Road, after the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed it into a wall, and the occupants fled the area on foot. Following that incident, the police were again involved in another high-speed chase with the driver of a beige Toyota Corolla motor car A41256. The driver of that vehicle was signaled by the police to stop, but he refused and drove through the police cordon. The chase ended in Nut Grove, after he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence and also escaped.
Both Harrigan and Barthley were taken into custody as suspects in the matter and questioned. A Search Warrant was executed on their Grays Farm home and the police found two rounds of ammunition. Prior to Barthley being arrested, she made a report to the police that she was robbed of her white Toyota Mark-X motor car by two masked gunmen on Marble Hill Main Road, around 8:35pm the said evening. She reported that she left home to go to KFC on Fort Road; however, she ended up on Marble Hill Main Road and was allegedly accosted by two armed bandits, whom she said stole her vehicle and drove away in it. Investigations into her report have proven to be false, and it is believed that her report was concocted to mislead the investigations.
Police are continuing their investigation into this matter and previous reports of robberies, which the police believed to be connected. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913 or 462-3914.
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