CALVIN Cumberbatch on Friday appeared before the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on six counts of armed robbery.
Cumberbatch, 23, appeared before Magistrate Roshell Liverpool, and pleaded not guilty to the charges committed on September 7, 2021, at Annandale Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara.
He was remanded to prison until October 27, for report at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.
According to reports, on the day in question, the six victims were watching television while playing a game of cards at an ‘Ital’ shop when they were attacked by several unidentifiable males armed with handguns, and one unidentifiable female who was unarmed. The robbers, who arrived at the location on four motorcycles, held the victims at gunpoint and robbed them.
The suspects then made good their escape in a westerly direction on the motorcycles.
On Wednesday, September 8, Cumberbatch, along with a 15-year-old were arrested following a brazen robbery at the eastern end of the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB).
The two were among eight suspects who allegedly robbed commuters who were awaiting the reopening of the bridge, which was closed for retraction.
Police said the suspected bandits were caught after the police command centre, by way of CCTV, captured four motorcycles, all with riders and pillion riders, committing armed robberies at the eastern side of the Demerara Harbour Bridge.
As a result, anti-crime patrols in Division 4A were immediately dispatched, and they managed to intercept two of the suspects.
Cumberbatch was caught hiding in a trench at North East La Penitence, while the 15-year-old was arrested at James Street, Albouystown.
Police have recovered three cell-phones, a pink handbag, a female make-up kit, a lip gloss, $8,100 in cash, two lighters, two packs of cigarettes, a bunch of keys, and a black 110 motorcycle without registration number.
Cumberbatch was released recently from prison, after serving five years for robbery under arms.