The head pastor and founder of Blessing of Christ Ministry at Gyasikrom near Enchi in the Western Region, Isaac Twumasi and three other suspected armed robbers have been arrested by the police.

The police have however mounted a search for three others, who are on the run. They have been named as Andrews Boama, Joe Joe and Peter Adu.

Those arrested in addition to Pastor Twumasi are Augustine Kwame, 20, an illegal miner (galamsey), Kofi Abanga, 24, a farmer and Samuel Atongo, 22, also an illegal miner (galamsey).

The suspects led the police to their various homes where the photographs of Andrews, who is one of the three on the run were retrieved.

The gang of seven robbers who had laid ambush mistook a police night patrol vehicle for that of some Chinese gold miners, who were supposed to be conveying money on the route at dawn on Monday April 10, 2017.

They reportedly engaged the police in a gun battle that led to the death of one of the suspected robbers.

The seven member gang, armed with pump-action guns mistook the police unbranded white patrol vehicle to be that of the Chinese miners.

The miners were said to be returning from the bank in their preparation to vacate their operations.

The police told Graphic Online that the ‘pastor” was not at the scene of the incident but their investigations led to his arrest.

The police said, after the exchange of gunfire, they were able to arrest two, Augustine Kwame and Kofi Abanga.

The two led the police to the village where Samuel Atongo was arrested along with Pastor Twumasi.

Atongo sustained gunshot wounds and when the police arrived, Pastor Twumasi was nursing his wounds.

The Enchi District Police Commander, Superintendent Raymond Kofi Erzuah told Graphic Online that those arrested confessed that they assumed the police vehicle was one of the leaders of Chinese miners who was supposed to be returning from the bank with money at about the same time the police got there.

They claimed that, their information was that the money was to be used to pay workers of the Chinese miners.

The police said the three men on the run, carried the wounded Atongo to the Gyasikrom village near Enchi, where Pastor Twumasi prepared a herbal concoction to treat him.

He said with the assistance of Custom officers at Sewuam in Enchi and that of the neighborhood watch committee members, the police were able to locate the hiding place of Atongo and Pastor Twumasi.

Source-Graphiconline.com