Bandit killed during home invasion at Yarrowkabra

…attacked family during party
A well-known bandit was on Sunday evening shot dead, while one man was injured following a home invasion

Dead bandit, Raphael “Scar” Armstrong
Dead bandit, Raphael “Scar” Armstrong

at Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.
Dead is Raphael Armstrong, 32, also called “Scar”, formerly of Friendship, East Bank Demerara and of Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.
The injured man is Adrian Mohar, 24, of Yarrowkabra. He has been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
According to reports, the man was shot about four times by the owner of the house, Gary Mohar, who also operates a business. Based on reports received, the Mohar family were having a family get-together when they were attacked by Armstrong and an accomplice. He held about 12 people at gunpoint, including several children, and ordered them into the house.
Without hesitation, the adults led the children into the house with the gunman following. One of the children attempted to run but her father, Adrian Mohar, grabbed her.
Apparently thinking that Adrian was going to attack, Armstrong discharged a round hitting the young man in his hand. At this time, the owner of the house put up a fight with the man during which his gun fell to the ground.
The man quickly picked up the gun and discharged at least four rounds at Armstrong. The injured bandit, according to Police, was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival. At the home of the businessman on Monday, his brother who asked not to be named told Guyana Times that the men invaded the party about 20:30h. He noted that during the get-together, his brother saw shadows behind the “fat poke” tree and thought that someone had gone to urinate.
He said within a few seconds, a man who was masked and wearing dark clothing pounced on them demanding that they go into the house. He claimed that another man was behind him. Fearful that the gunmen would do “something stupid”, the family members complied.
The homeowner’s brother said from all indications, the men had jumped the back fence and walked among the bushes to reach the house. The family later learnt that there were at least six men – two who held them up and another four in the yard.
However, after the gunshots rang out, the other bandit who was at the door called upon the others to “run” as he took his own advice. The man went on to say that after the bandit was shot, the Police were summoned.
When the Police arrived at the scene, they removed the toque covering the man’s face and it was then his identity was confirmed. The Police have since seized the unlicensed firearm as they continue their investigation into the shooting incident.
Armstrong has been fingered in several robberies under arms as well as trafficking in narcotics offences. He was busted at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport in December 2014 with 2.8 kilos (6.3 lbs) of cocaine when he arrived on the Caribbean Airlines BW526 Flight from Georgetown, Guyana.
The cocaine was found concealed in bottles of cream liqueur which were in duty-free bags. According to information received, Armstrong was pulled aside for a customs inspection when he presented a black suitcase along with a yellow duty-free shopping bag.
The black suitcase was searched without any incident and the defendant remained calm, but as drug enforcement agents moved to inspect the duty-free bag, the young man started acting in a suspicious manner.
In the bag, the customs agents found two 26-ounce bottles which “purported to contain rum cream liqueur”. While inspecting the bottles, the agents noticed that one of them was not sealed and had a strong odour. Armstrong was arrested, charged and deported to Guyana.