The six teenagers who are being accused of robbing and murdering 75-year-old Professor Perry Mars in his Prashad Nagar home on Thursday evening are expected to be charged as early as Monday or Tuesday.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told INews moments ago that advice will be sought from the chambers of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on Monday and if it is received in a timely manner, then charges against the alleged perpetrators will be instituted immediately.
The Guyanese-born American Professor was found dead in his home, gagged and tied to a chair.
Quick action by investigators led to the arrest of six teenagers– four boys and two girls for the ghastly murder. When they were arrested by police ranks, a sum of cash, a laptop computer, an I-phone and a play station were in their possession.
INews understands that these six youngsters were reportedly arrested in the Campbellville and Sophia areas and have been positively identified by eyewitnesses who saw them on the day the crime was committed removing suitcases from the now dead man’s home and placing them into a car.
Police have confirmed that none of the teenagers are older than 18. Reports are that Professor Mars would usually assist the same group of teenagers with their studies. The youngsters would also frequently visit the home and take on jobs of cleaning the yard and washing his vehicles.
Meanwhile, Blanhum explained that five of the six teenagers have already given the police statements that detailed the actual robbery and murder. He noted that the sixth teen may have only received the stolen items.
According to reports, the mastermind of this well thought out robbery, murder scheme is a 17-year-old girl, who frequented the man’s house and who resides in close proximity.
On the day of the incident, she reportedly phoned her boyfriend and informed him that the Professor would be at home alone and that it was an opportune time to commit the robbery.
The boyfriend, according to their statement, agreed and picked up a few friends and went to Prashad Nagar. While there, they met with the mastermind and planned the robbery. The girl then walked to the man’s house and upon seeing her, he opened the door and let her in. As she entered, she left the door ajar.
The others then entered Mars’ home and attacked him. First they reportedly duct taped his hand and feet and tied him to a chair after which one of them strangled him since he would have seen their faces.
The suspects then collected a sum of cash and other valuables and left the premises.
Professor Mars, 75, of Lot 395 Bissessar Avenue, Prashad Nagar, was discovered by his wife in his study at about 19:00h on the evening. The house was ransacked and several articles and cash were missing.
INews understands that Mars’ spouse, who works with the Legal Aid Clinic, spent most of Thursday out of town and upon return she made the gruesome discovery. She immediately contacted the police who cordoned off the area and launched an investigation.
The now dead Professor studied history at the University of Guyana and Carelton University in Ottawa, Canada, and went on to work at Wayne State University, Michigan, USA.
He has been also credited with developing an international academic exchange project between Africana Studies, the College of Urban Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, and the University of Guyana.