File picture: Torrance Mohammed stands proudly in front of his wall of accomplishments at his Marabella home

A suspect has been detained in connection with the murder of 90-year-old cultural icon Torrance Mohammed.

According to the police, the 34-year-old suspect, who has a long criminal record, was arrested around 6 pm by officers at Navet Street, San Fernando on Friday.

Mohammed of Marabella was the victim of a mugging in San Fernando on Monday. He went to drop of fruits for a friend at Torrance Street, Mon Repos, San Fernando when he was attacked by a man around 2.20 pm.

The police report into the incident stated the unmasked assailant grabbed Mohammed’s gold chain from around his neck and his cellphone.

The suspect is said to have pushed down Mohammed and ran off. Complaining of pain, Mohammed was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle after waiting an hour for an ambulance.

He was warded in a critical condition after sustaining a broken rib and spinal injuries.

Shortly after 9 pm on Tuesday, he succumbed to his injuries at the San Fernando General Hospital.

His death has left the cultural community and the southern city in mourning.

Mohammed, a former deputy mayor and councillor, had dedicated his life to the upliftment of culture and young people, particularly in the southern city.

He was a founding member of the Creative Arts Centre and was also very involved in the San Fernando Arts Council and the Arawaks Dance Troupe.

He also led the Torrance Mohammed Culture and Arts Foundation.

An autopsy is still to be done at the Forensic Science Centre in Port-of-Spain.

However, Mohammed’s funeral has been planned for Wednesday at Belgroves Funeral Home in San Fernando.