Police ranks in ‘C’ Division (East Coast Demerara) on Friday morning arrested three men from Sophia, Greater Georgetown, after they were separately found in possession of illegal weapons and ammunition, along with a quantity of marijuana.The discovery was reportedly made during an intelligence-led operation. The ranks were able to seize one Taurus .40 pistol with six live rounds, two .32 Special revolvers with four live rounds, and 79 grams of cannabis sativa.Among the three suspects in custody is a 16-year-old whom Police say is currentlyThe illegal gun and ammunition which were found by Policebeing investigated for armed robbery allegedly committed on a resident of Sophia on Thursday.Guyana Times understands that the Police operation stemmed from that robbery report. At some time on Thursday night, 34-year-old Abinda Accra, a painter of ‘C’ Field, Sophia, was robbed of his cell phone and a sum of cash by an armed teenager. A report was made to the Police, and based on the victim’s description of his attacker, the Police realized that they have the suspect under surveillance.As such, ranks went in search of the young man, and found him on Friday morning at his ‘C’ Field home. Found in possession of a .32 Special revolver, he told investigators during interrogation that he had rented the weapon from another resident of the area.This information led Police to the residence of that individual, and a search conducted on the premises unearthed the .40 Taurus pistol and the second .32 Special revolver under a pillow in the suspect’s room.The ranks also arrested another occupant of the premises, after he was found in possession of narcotics.This newspaper was further told that Accra (robbery victim) returned to the station on Friday morning after word of the arrests spread in the community. While there, he immediately pointed out the 16-year-old as the person who had robbed him.Upon searching through the teenager’s belongings, it was revealed that the cell phone he had in his possession belonged to Accra.The trio remains in Police custody, assisting with further investigations.
Actually, it was not surprising. There have been so many instances where drivers, teams, owners have reached out to the less fortunate and those in need. It’s almost an automatic reaction. Most of those gestures have gone unnoticed by the general public, despite the fact some of the responses have become legendary in the pits. These actions are from the heart, not calculated moves. Such acts should be acknowledged, and that is my charge in this space: To convey my thanks and appreciation, and that of my family, to the drag racing family for its loving response following the passing of U.S. Army Sgt. Bryan Brewster – son, brother, husband, grandson – in a helicopter crash last May in Afghanistan that also claimed nine other soldiers. What is public knowledge are the trophy presentations by Tony Schumacher and John Force on Bryan’s behalf last November following their wins at the NHRA Auto Club Finals at Pomona Fairplex. Throughout the years, indeed from its very beginning, the drag racing community has been a tight family. Of course there are squabbles from time to time – what family doesn’t have them? – but there is real togetherness in difficult times. I know this first-hand. In a time of personal grief, the drag racing family was there to provide comfort, help, understanding and love. The outpouring is a memory that will never be forgotten. Those acts were a fitting cap to the Veterans Days weekend, but the generousity of the community had started eight months previously. Force, a longtime personal friend, was the first to call, offering comforting words to a young widow. Don Schumacher Racing and Jeg’s were among the first to send floral sprays. Rick Lalor, an officer in the National Guard, arranged for a color guard for Bryan’s final homecoming and was among many with NHRA ties who attended the services. Many of the racing community donated to the Bryan Brewster Foundation to benefit other high school JROTC students. Over the Memorial Day event in Topeka, Kan., John Force Racing debuted a yellow ribbon with Bryan’s name. The roof lid would visit victory circle with Eric Medlen, Robert Hight and Force. To say the presentations were emotional would be an understatement. “Louie, I was even praying to your son,” said Force in the press room after wrapping up an unprecedented 122nd event victory and 14th championship following the Auto Club Finals. “I have a trophy for him, and I think you deserve that. “The ups and downs of this sport are tough, and things that happen sometimes make it tough to stay in the fight. But I do it for my guys, I think just like a kid in the military does it for his guys. “I have your boy a trophy for this race here. I thought about it when that took place, that if there was anything I could do for you and him. I’d like to honor this race to your son.” Tears were free-flowing. “Quite a kid. I knew him,” Force said. “I didn’t know him very well. But he come to the races. Got him a shirt and hats.” Among Bryan’s most prized possessions was a lithograph signed by Force, and delivered by Dave Densmore, which he received during his first tour of Afghanistan in 2003. In return, Bryan’s aviation company sent Force a photo of them, with his poster, atop a Chinook helicopter. Force was emotional when he received a copy of the photo. The bond was further strengthened. “I’ve never felt that pain. But it broke my heart,” Force said in the press room, struggling to keep his composure, “because we love you so much. I sat here tonight and thought if I can pull this out, I’d like to give you the trophy from Pomona, because this old man ain’t getting younger. I might not get another one.” Force’s tribute didn’t go unnoticed. “Drag racers are the best,” wrote Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Jeff Wolf. “You don’t see a NASCAR star bare his emotions like Force did. I wasn’t there but nonetheless shed a tear watching a replay on 1320tv.com; one of the best news videos I’ve ever seen. “You won’t hear or see that intimacy in a NASCAR media center.” In a year-end story for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Holly Cain called Force “Champion of the Year” for his gesture. Schumacher’s gesture didn’t quite receive the attention that Force’s generated. However, for those with ties to any military member, it was most powerful. It was one Sarge saluting another. More than most in the community, Schumacher knows and understands those in uniform. He is sponsored by the U.S. Army and he has built special relationships with many military members across this country. He’s a source of pride to those in the Army, and he’s equally proud of those who wear our country’s uniforms. In 2006, the family of a fallen Marine presented Schumacher the Purple Heart that the country’s hero had been awarded. Schumacher carried the medal to victory and then returned the valuable possession. Just as Force’s words evoked tears, Schumacher’s private presentation was one that rendered all those present speechless. There were few words, there was no need for more as they were all straight from the heart. It was one family member taking care of another. Before Christmas in 2005, as he raced a snowstorm to get to his upstate New York home, Bryan discovered the vast reach of the drag racing community. He was wearing a Miller Lite Racing jacket and was stopped in the Syracuse airport by a stranger, asking if he was a team member. No, Bryan replied, it’s from my dad. You wouldn’t know him. The stranger insisted. After Bryan told him, the reaction was totally unexpected. “He said, `You’re Louie’s son?”‘ Bryan said soon after the meeting. “He said he knew you, knew about me. He was excited to have met a fan during a snowstorm. “I know you’ve always said racing is like a family, but I never gave it much thought. Now I know, and now I really feel like I’m part of it.” Little did Bryan know how prophetic he would be. Louis Brewster covers motor racing for the Daily Bulletin. He can be reached at (909) 483-9363 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!