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Suspect in string of violent robberies & assaults on Yango drivers killed

Police in Lusaka shot and killed a suspect named Marlon Mutakasha, 32, also known as “Fresher.”

The person who is thought to be responsible for a string of aggravated car thefts and attacks on Yango drivers was seen in Lusaka’s Chunga neighborhood.

Officers located the vehicle and were able to confront the passengers after receiving a tip from a member of the public who was able to obtain the registration number of the vehicle the suspect was using and the route he travelled.

“It was discovered that the vehicle was a Yango Taxi which was booked by the suspect identified as Marlon Mutakasha.The suspect was found with an ABSA Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card for a Mr. Siame of Chalala who was attacked on November 26, 2022 around 01:30 hours after he was booked through Yango Taxi whom they robbed and made to withdraw money at a named ATM along Alick Nkhata road,” he said.

Mr. Mwale claimed that on the same night, the suspect and other unidentified accomplices are accused of robbing Mr. Shambulo of his car and cellphone before using the victim’s ATM card to take K11,000 from a certain ATM while armed with pistols.

According to him, the suspect was also wanted for the aggravated robbery of a Toyota Corolla with the VVTI registration number ABZ 1951, which was committed on March 8, 2022, at the property of an unnamed government official, and was carried out under duress.

According to Mr. Mwape, the suspect was also discovered in possession of 20 SIM cards for MTN, AIRTEL, and ZAMTEL as well as a Ms. Sompo driver’s license.

After more questioning, the suspect directed the police to his accomplices, Lawrence, also known as Lole, and Shadreck, also known as Doza, both of the Chazanga property, for potential capture and capture.

The vehicle the officers were traveling in suffered a mechanical issue on the route to the Chazanga facility, forcing the officers to force the vehicle off the road. The handcuffed suspect took advantage of the situation and fled into the nearby shrubbery near Chunga Cemetery. Because of this, the officers fired numerous warning shots, and regrettably one of them struck him.

A second vehicle was soon requested by the police, and it was used to transport the suspect urgently to the University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) for medical care. Unfortunately, he was declared deceased when we got there,” he stated.

The body, according to Mr. Mwale, is at the UTH mortuary pending official identification and a postmortem. He also noted that investigations have since been stepped up.

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