Ugandans con Colombian gemstone dealer $200,000

A man holding a gemstone

Uganda Police is holding five suspected conmen who lured a Colombian national into a fake $200,000 gold deal.

Police identified the suspects as Stellah Kalungi, David Kironde, Ronald Kamugisha, Nasser Kibirige and Yazidi Kabonge.

The five were arrested from Makerere University Physical Chemistry lab by officers from CID Headquarters on Wednesday.

The victim of the con was identified as Assi Soubhi, a resident of Bogota, Colombia who deals in rare and precious gemstones.

According to Uganda Radio Network [URN], the conmen were driving a Mercedes Benz E320 registration number UBB 292C, a Subaru number UAY 907W and a land cruiser number UAQ 823F.

When cornered, they unleashed rounds of bullets engaging police in a shootout.

They were later overpowered, arrested and their cars impounded.

Two of the suspects, believed to be employees of Makerere University, managed to escape.

They were identified by staff from chemistry department as Mutenywa, a lab assistant and Budigi Ruharara, the chief technician in the chemistry lab.