Police officers have arrested the third suspect in Tuesday night’s attempted robbery at One Plus One supermarket at Munroe Road, Cunupia.
The suspect, who was shot and wounded during a shootout with the police, still managed to run out of the supermarket and get into a waiting getaway car. However, the driver took the wounded bandit straight to the Eric Williams Medical Complex in Mount Hope for treatment, where medical officials would have alerted the police as is the protocol with such injuries.
The wounded suspect was one of three armed men who attempted to rob the establishment, owned by Chinese nationals, Tuesday night.
At about 8.40 pm, a plain-clothes police officer assigned to the Central Division’s Task Force had just made a purchase at the grocery when the three suspects - one with a gun and the others two with cutlasses stormed the two-storey property.
The officer was about to enter his car but before he could get there he was ordered to lie on the ground by the bandits, who announced a hold-up. The officer quickly hid his firearm under the car and as the bandits entered the grocery he pulled it out and called for back-up.
A team of officers responded within minutes and together with the plainclothes officer attempted to enter the establishment in a bid to foil the robbery in progress.
On seeing the officers, the gunman opened fire on them and he and his colleagues attempted to escape. The officers returned fire and one of the bandits was shot but still managed to escape.
The other two ran upstairs the building but were later cornered and arrested. Police recovered several spent shells on the road and in the supermarket’s car park.
Almost one hour later, police who were still on the scene received information that the wounded man was at the emergency department at the Mt Hope hospital seeking medical attention. A team of police officers went to the hospital where they arrested him.
Police believe the men are part of a gang responsible for several robberies that have been taking place in the area over the past few weeks.
There was also an attempt at the same supermarket on Monday but police said nothing was stolen.
On Sunday, the owner of a newly-opened bar in the area was robbed of over $12,000 in cash, alcoholic beverages and cigarettes by gun-toting bandits. The suspects in that robbery were arrested after a high-speed chase along the Solomon Hochoy Highway near the Claxton Bay overpass.
Investigations into both incidents are continuing.
-by Rhondor Dowlat