Fleeing suspect in foiled robbery arrested

A man was arrested while he and two others were fleeing after a failed theft at Mabole in Wattala on Monday night (3).

They had attempted to rob a businessman of his money while he was in his van. They had fled when people gathered there to help the businessman, police said. The suspects had threatened the people with a fire arm before fleeing. Police nabbed one suspect with a locally-made firearm and two live cartridges.

The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Marada Muttu Ganesh Raaja, a resident of Cyril C. Perera Lane in Kotahena. Injured in his escape attempt, the suspect was admitted to hospital by police. He was to be produced before the Wattala Magistrate's Court.

Wattala police are continuing investigations to arrest the others.

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