Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has announced that six teenagers have been arrested for the murder of retired University Professor, Dr. Perry Mars.
The man who worked for a number of years at Universities in the U.S, was found beaten to death at his Prashad Nagar home on Thursday night. His hands and feet were tied and his mouth was gagged.
The teenagers were arrested in the nearby Campbellville and Sophia communities. None of them are believed to be older than 18. The Police moved in late last night and early this morning to effect the arrests after persons in the area positively identified the teens to Police.
Among those arrested are two young ladies and their boyfriends.
Family members of the dead man said that Mr. Mars had a kind heart and would assist the same teens from time to time. They would visit the home and take on jobs of cleaning the yard and washing the vehicles. He also assisted them with food items from time to time.
One family member said Mr. Mars was repeatedly warned about assisting the youths that he did not really know but he would still always lend assistance to them.
According to reports, the teenagers were seen leaving the man’s house late yesterday with a number of suitcases and bags. Several valuable items belonging to the late Professor were found in their possession when they were arrested.
Mars, according to relatives, still lived in the U.S but would visit Guyana and spend several months at his Prashad Nagar home. He was planning to move back permanently and only recently brought in one of his vehicles and several household items from his U.S home.
He would spend many days at the upscale neighbourhood drawing and painting images of Guyana. He was discovered murdered by his wife in the same room that he used for painting. The wife worked as an Attorney with the Legal Aid clinic and spent the most of the day on Thursday at an out of town case.
She is shocked by her husband’s murder and has told relatives that she cannot believe that the same teens who he always helped would be the ones to return to the house to take his life.
Investigations are ongoing.