Lae Metropolitan Superintendent

Lae police wound gang member

The suspect was part of a seven-man group that scaled the fence of a service station in an attempt to raid staff housing at the back. This was on Saturday, 22nd of February, at about 1am.

A security guard who tried to disturb the suspects was threatened with homemade guns and in fear of being shot, took cover, at the same time raising the alarm.

Lae police report that fortunately, one of the females in the staff residential compound had saved the Police Emergency Toll Free number and immediately called Police.

Another suspect in doctor’s killing apprehended

In a statement, Lae metropolitan superintendent, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said David Naia, also known as ‘Flat het’, of Morobe and Manus parentage, was apprehended yesterday at Wewak Wharf.

“He had been wounded by Wewak Police two weeks ago at Koikin after taking part in a robbery,” said Wagambie Jnr.

“It has been reported that one of his gang members was shot dead and another suspect along with David were wounded.

Digicel PNG commits to back Lae police

Since its launch in May of last year, the toll free number 7090 3300 received 5,000 calls from sexual assaults, armed robberies, to expectant mothers going into labour in remote locations and seeking assistance.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jr, said the Toll Free number has assisted them in a big way to fight crime in the city.

"We cannot express our appreciation enough to Digicel for this vital phone service. This phone number has changed the way we serve the community to keep them safe and respond when required.

Robbery suspects gunned down

The suspects had been involved in an armed robbery of an Asian shop owner at Downtown Lae around 9am yesterday (April 2).

The suspects were intercepted by a traffic police unit when they tried to escape in a Sedan.

The unit was in the area and was alerted by gun shots fired by the suspects, who wounded the Chinese national and a security guard.

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Commander Anthony Wagambie Junior, said the traffic police promptly contacted all units, who then blocked off possible escape routes.

Shop owner injures robbery suspect

The man and two other suspects were apprehended by the Lae police and will be facing charges related to the armed robbery.

The wounded suspect was identified as a man from Yangoru, East Sepik, while the other two are from Morobe Province.

They are all from the Miles area in Lae.

The Lae metropolitan superintendent, commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said the three men were part of at least a ten-man gang armed with machetes and home-made guns.

The group had attempted to rob the shop but they did not anticipate that the owner would have a pistol.

Suspects in journo’s assault charged

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr, confirmed today that the journalist had laid complaints for unlawful assault by these men.

The men, who are attached with the office of Governor for Morobe, were arrested and charged on two counts: one each for assault and one each for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Wagambie Jnr stated that the incident occurred at Erap. Police were alerted via a phone call and quickly responded, escorting both parties back to the police station.

Police boss condemns padlock incident

Commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr was saddened by the report of a 37-year-old nursing officer who not only was going through life threatening abuse but sadistic treatment as well.

The victim’s genitalia was sewn and a padlock attached to it. The perpetrator only unlocked it when he wished to have sexual intercourse, according to police report.

Explosives discovered after criminal's recapture

The escapee had been recaptured on October 30. A further search at his parents’ residence at the block saw the confiscation of a carton of detonators.

The detonators were alleged to be a part of large amount of explosives belonging to a road construction company, TSC, which had ceased operations back in 2013 at Gumine, Simbu Province, and Eastern Highlands Province.

The explosives were ordered from Orica explosives and according to the company, should have been returned after the construction company ceased operations.

Lae preachers warned

This was stated by the Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambi Junior.

Wagambi said although he acknowledges the effort and the work put in by the preachers, to spread the word of God – he also stated that this must be done in the right locations.

He noted that the number of street preachers has rapidly increased in the city, and although this again is no issue, he stressed that it is the locations that they chose to spread the word that causes the real problem.

Better policing for Lae residents

Manpower was stretched during the election period, which has affected general policing but now that it’s over, the normal swing of duties will resume.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, says Police Station Commanders and Unit Commanders have been directed to step up on proactive policing.

This will include: Stepping up of footbeat patrols, not only at shopping centres and bus stops, but also residential areas and settlements; Advertising of their toll free emergency telephone number; and utilising the FB page so that the public can access information.