(Trinidad Guardian) One of the country’s most “Wanted” and “Dangerous” man was gunned down several feet away from the Freeport Police Station seconds after he walked out from the charge room on Saturday night.
It is suspected that the assailants followed Haradath “H” Solomon, 42, of Mission Road, Freeport, to the station, where he had gone to get his book signed by officers as proof that he was still in the country on orders handed down by a magistrate in a court matter he was involved in.
The gunmen waited outside the station along the Mission Road until he walked out and then they drove past him with and the occupants opened fire on their target.
Solomon was hit just outside the Lotto and Play Whe booth just west of the station, less than 100 feet away.
Crime Scene Investigators who processed the scene on Saturday night recovered over 16 spent shells on the scene. The incident occurred at about 7 pm.
According to police sources, Solomon was put on the police’s “radar” about five months ago, after they received intelligence that he was planning a high-profile kidnapping. He had many places of abode, including Morvant and Arima.
At the crime scene, several relatives of Solomon showed up but did not comment on his death. However, a close associate of Solomon told Guardian Media that while he was on the police watch list, Solomon “in the end, was not ever convicted on any crimes…being a suspect doesn’t mean he was really involved in anything that the police said he was in…all are innocent until proven guilty…but what I can say is that for a long time people wanted him dead…He was a businessman in his own rights.”
Police said Solomon was a suspect is several kidnappings together with reputed gang leader Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis. Solomon was also a suspect in several robberies, break-ins and suspected to be the head of a car-stealing ring in the Enterprise, Chaguanas area.
Police said Solomon was the “last man standing” from Alexis’ era. Alexis was gunned down on July 17, 2016, while at his Enterprise, Chaguanas business. Alexis, customer Kevin Escayg, of San Juan and Escayg’s then four-year-old son Kirchard Scott were shot several times as a group of gunmen ambushed them at Alexis’ car-wash at Freedom Street at about 4.30 pm.
In 2017, police cracked a major case involving theft of bank funds, with the arrest and subsequent prosecution of Solomon in connection with the break-in and theft of $3,030,000 from First Citizens’ Montrose, Chaguanas branch sometime between September 22 and 24, 2017. Thieves gained access to the bank by prizing open the burglar proofing and a window on the southern side of the building. No part of the stolen money has ever been recovered.
The previous breakthrough came on December 18, 2017, when four persons appeared before an Arima magistrate charged with the $5 million heist from an armoured security vehicle the at Piarco International Airport on December 6, 2017.
Solomon was also charged with possession of two grammes of marijuana, which were allegedly found on his person when he was detained for questioning by the Criminal Investigations Department, on December 14, 2017.
On December 20, 2017, Solomon, 40, appeared before Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor in the Chaguanas First Magistrate’s Court charged with house break-in and larceny.