Wanted Rasta Man Grabbed By Police (Photo)

A 24-year-old Rasta man, believed to be a member of the gang that allegedly inflicted cutlass wounds on a businessman at Lapaz in Accra, has been arrested by the police.

The suspect, Abdul Rahim Massawuud, had been on the run since December 2013 until he was apprehended last Thursday evening when the police spotted him riding an unregistered motorbike on the Tesano-Apenkwa road in Accra.

Briefing the Daily Graphic Tuesday, the Tesano District Police Commander, Chief Superintendent (Mrs) Lydia Donkor, said when the police searched Massawuud upon his arrest five wrapped parcels of a substance believed to be Indian hemp were found on him.

Police suspicion

Chief Supt Donkor said over the past months, the activities of criminals who used unregistered motorbikes had increased in Accra. The situation, she said, made the Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Christian Tettey Yohuno, to intensify the police’s monitoring of the operations of motor riders.

According to Chief Supt Donkor, on the day of Massawuud’s arrest, some police dispatch riders spotted an unregistered motorbike being ridden from Tesano to Lapaz.

She said immediately Massawuud saw the policemen, he increased his speed, which prompted the police to chase him, leading to his arrest.

Previous offence

Recalling his previous offence, Chief Supt Donkor said the suspect and three others ( now at large) on December 23, 2013, attacked and inflicted cutlass wounds on a young man they were hired to beat up.

Massawuud was said to have used a machete to hit the back of the victim and as a result, the victim fell down and bled profusely.

Chief Supt Donkor said the suspect would be arraigned as soon as investigations were completed.