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Suspect arrested in string of car thefts

By Rana Husseini - Jan 03,2012 - Last updated at Jan 03,2012

AMMAN — Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a man wanted in connection with several recent vehicle thefts during a raid in Sahab.

The suspect, who was not identified by officials, was arrested by a special force that raided his rented apartment in the Sahab area, Public Security Department (PSD) Spokesperson Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib said.

“We had been monitoring the suspect for a while and learned that he had rented an apartment with his brother, so we sent a special force to arrest him,” Khatib said.

He added that the unit surrounded the building and asked the suspect to turn himself in, but he responded by opening fire at the police.

“No police officers were injured in the shooting but when the suspect felt that he was trapped, he turned the gun on his foot and shot himself,” Khatib explained.

A second source said that the suspect shot himself in the foot in order to force the police to take him to hospital rather than to the police station for interrogation.

Khatib said the suspect is being treated at a hospital for minor injuries but is under strict surveillance and investigators will question him shortly to determine “how many vehicles he had stolen”.

“We have been monitoring the suspect for a while after receiving several complaints from citizens that their vehicles were stolen then offered back to them by the suspect in return for cash,” the PSD official added.

Meanwhile, Khatib said police are questioning two men on connection with the death of a four-year-old child on a street in North Marka. The victim, who was not identified by officials, was crossing the street when she was run over by a vehicle that fled the scene of the accident, Khatib said.

Witnesses told police that the vehicle was selling gas cylinders in the neighbourhood, which made it easy for police to locate its driver.

“After intense investigations, we arrested two men who were in the vehicle for questioning over the incident,” Khatib told The Jordan Times.

Civil Defence Department personnel rushed the victim to a nearby hospital but she was declared dead on arrival, a second source said.

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