Police offer N$20 000 reward in American businessman's death

10 Jun 2015 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force have offered a N.dollars 20 000 reward for any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect who killed American businessman Denzil Emanuel Persaud at Otjiwarongo.
The reward was announced by Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi in a media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday.
Persaud was shot dead around midnight on 13 April 2015 at the Depco Engineering Automobiles workshop in Otjiwarongo.
“No suspect has been arrested yet in connection with his murder case, thus the Namibian Police Force are asking the residents of Otjiwarongo, the inhabitants of the Otjozondjupa Region and the country at large for any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect,” said Kanguatjivi.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Chief Inspector Makwatikiso in Otjiwarongo or the nearest police station.
“Any information provided in this regard will be treated as confidential and the Namibian Police Force undertake to protect the identity of any person who comes forth with information,” Kanguatjivi said.
The 56-year-old American businessman owned an automotive diesel mechanical engineering company which repairs private and Government vehicles.
Persaud was shot in his forehead and jaw at close range by an unknown person at his residence.
The police earlier said the suspect had first smashed the front left window of the deceased’s Ford Ranger pick-up with a brick.
The car was parked outside the businessman's residence.
After the vehicle’s window was smashed, the suspect opened the front left door of the vehicle, which set off the car's alarm, waking Persaud.
Persaud fired two shots through his bedroom window to scare away the suspect.
Since the door of his vehicle was still open, the deceased exited his house to close it.
As the businessman walked towards the vehicle, the suspect who was lurking nearby opened fire on him at close range.
He fell onto his stomach and died on the spot.
The deceased’s pistol was found lying next to him, while his car keys were found in his right hand.
No arrest has been made yet in connection with the incident and police investigations are still underway.