Police officer arrested for armed robbery faces suspension

A 27-year-old Tongan Police officer who was arrested on Tuesday 23 in connection with an armed robbery will be suspended from work today, Police Commissioner Steve Caldwell has confirmed this afternoon.

The suspect will appear at the Fasi Magistrate Court on Friday 26 May, 2017, Caldwell said.

A 38-year-old Pahu male associate is also facing the same charges and will appear at the Magistrate Court on Monday 29 May, 2017.

The incident occurred at 7:00pm Saturday 20 May in Ma’ufanga when a masked man entered the store armed with a knife and threatened the shopkeeper, Caldwall said.

“No one was injured in the incident and the alleged offenders fled the scene with approximately $700 in cash”.

“The allegations are extremely concerning, however the arrest is a very clear signal that no one is above the law and I commend the investigators for conducting a thorough and impartial investigation,” the Police Commissioner said.

The officer was in custody and will be served a Suspension Notice today.

The criminal investigators continue investigating the incident.

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