Friday, 17 September

Notorious Achimota forest robber busted

The suspect


The Achimota police command has arrested one Shadrach Boakye, popularly known as Anopa, for his alleged persistent harassment and robbery attacks on innocent people along the Achimota Forest area and its environs.

Shadrach, 24, has been on the radar of the Achimota police for several months until his arrest over the weekend at Fawuhoyeden in the Ahafo Region.

According to the Achimota District Police commander, Supt. Christine Srofenu, the suspect has been successful in his “strike-hit-and-run” efforts, making his apprehension very difficult.

He has been involved in countless robberies within the Achimota Forest enclave since 2019.

The police noted that on 4 June 2020, around 10:30 pm, the suspect and five others attacked and robbed about four victims of their phones, laptops, money and other items at gunpoint.

The police arrested four of the gang members but the leader of the group, Shadrach, managed to escape and went into hiding in his village in the Ahafo Region.

His accomplices were arraigned and are currently undergoing trial.

The suspect resurfaced after a few months to continue with his operations.

He attacked and robbed several road users around the CP Roundabout on 30 November 2020.

His modus operandi is to hide in the forest, monitor vehicles and pedestrians and rob them at the least opportunity.

He uses knives, sharp implements or pistols to advance his operations.

In this particular case, the police was able to track one of the victims’ phones to where the suspect was hiding that night and got him arrested.

He was processed for court in both cases.

After the suspects were granted bail in all the robbery cases by the circuit courts recently, the robberies resurfaced.

The suspect, according to the police, on Monday 14 June 2021, robbed a car dealer of his bag containing an unspecified amount of money at CP Roundabout and some vehicle documents.

The case was reported to the Achimota School police station for investigation. 

The complainant was able to describe the suspect to the police.

A search was extended to all Shadrach’s hideouts but he escaped arrest.

The police later had information that he was hiding in a village in the Ahafo Region.

The Achimota police command arrested him from his hideout with the support of the Ahafo regional police command after a message was sent to them.