Gunmen allegedly confess to being paid to kill businessman, daughter
Better Hope robbery/murder
…4 in custody as Police probe ‘hit’ claim
As investigations into the gunning down of money changer, Aaron Latchman and his teenage daughter, Arianna Latchman, continue, members of the Major Crimes Unit have arrested four persons, who have since confessed their involvement in the murders but not before implicating a friend of the now dead man.
Based on information received, one of the gunmen was arrested at Front Road, La Penitence, Georgetown, after Police swooped down on a house there. After his arrest, he took the police to Dennis Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, and Parika, East Bank Essequibo, where the others were arrested.
The men have been identified by their aliases: “Rasta Man” of East La Penitence; “Marco” of Parika, EBE; “Red Man” of Sophia and “Julian” of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
Additionally, a motorcar used by the bandits that belonged to the dead businessman was found at Front Road, La Penitence. During a search of the vehicle, an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition were found.
The firearm has been sent for ballistic testing to ascertain whether it was the same firearm that was used to kill the America Street, Georgetown, moneychanger and his daughter.
However, after intense interrogation, the four men have confessed to the heinous crime while implicating an East Coast Demerara businessman.
They claimed that they were paid a handsome amount of money to kill the businessman and make it look like a robbery.
As such, the police have since launched a manhunt for the man, who might have had an issue with the now dead businessman over a money deal that went wrong.
All the men who were arrested are well known to the police since they were all previously charged for armed robbery.
It was reported that on June 4, the now dead businessman had dropped off his younger daughter to her lessons and upon his return at home, he was confronted by the two gunmen.
He was held at gunpoint and escorted to the upper flat of his home with his 18-year-old daughter.
Reports are that the teen was attacked and shot to her chest when the bandits entered the house through the back door and began demanding cash.
They then escorted Latchman into the yard where they shot him multiple times before escaping with a bag of cash.
However, a source said that the elder Latchman fought with the bandits and managed to disarm one of them before he was shot.
The bandits quickly made good their escape in a white Toyota Carina 212 motorcar, leaving a trail of money behind.
The man and his daughter were picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were both pronounced dead on arrival.
The now dead man’s wife was not at home at the time of the incident.
She, nevertheless, turned up at the house and was inconsolable as she received the news of the deaths of her husband and daughter. The men are being prepared for court.