19-year-old BRANDON PHILLIP will answer to the charge of burglary before a Port of Spain Magistrate, today, Friday 6th November 2020. (Image: TTPS)

A 19-year-old man will appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today, to answer to the charge of house burglary.

BRANDON PHILLIP, of Laventille Road, San Juan, was arrested and charged with house burglary on Thursday 5th November 2020, by WPC Cooper of the San Juan Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Phillip allegedly had been caught at a home in Barataria in the midst of committing the crime.

The man reportedly was held by officers who were responding to a distress call made to the police by a family who claimed that three men were attempting to break into their home.

According to the victims, they secured their downstairs apartment by locking all doors and windows and retired to bed.

They were asleep in their bedrooms when, around 3:30 am on Thursday 5th November 2020, they were awakened by a loud noise to the front of the building.

Upon checking CCTV cameras at the house, they observed three men in the front yard of their apartment building attempting to gain access through the kitchen window. The family immediately contacted the police who subsequently dispatched several units to the scene.

CID officers, with the assistance of members of the North-Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF), gave chase and apprehended one of the suspects some distance away.

One man was immediately arrested and taken into police custody where he was later charged with house burglary.

The suspect, Brandon Phillip, will answer to the charge when his matter comes up for hearing today, Friday 6th November, 2020, at the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court.

The arrests of the other two male suspects in this case are imminent.