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Police are hoping to find the gun that was allegedly used by a suspected bandit during an attempted robbery in Girard, Babonneau on Sunday morning.
The suspected bandit, who was disarmed and beaten by patrons of the shop he allegedly attempted to rob in the wee hours of the morning, was discharged from Victoria Hospital Tuesday morning without being formally charged. He was reportedly never under police guard and witnesses have failed to give statements to effect a formal arrest.
The police are now searching for the suspect and are hoping that the witnesses in the case will cooperate. Without a formal report from the witnesses, the police has no solid case against the suspect.
In the meantime, the police are searching for the gun allegedly used in the attempted robbery.
A reliable law enforcement source told St. Lucia News Onlie (SNO) that it would be quite difficult to charge the suspect for possession of the weapon given that so much time has passed since the incident occurred.
“Well, at this stage, if we get a gun it is almost impossible to charge him for it but whoever elese we get with it will face charge for its possession,” the source said. Except for true forensic, how can we prove it’s the gun he had?”
The source is not confident that the police will find the weapon.
“We know who they are and the characters who frequent the shop woud never give up the gun if they found it,” the source alleged.
According to reports, around 1 a.m. on Sunday a male dressed in all black and armed with a gun, entered the shop and demanded money. In the process he took some rum.
However, the patrons, some of whom were playing a card game, put up a fight with the alleged bandit, overpowered him and took his gun.
He was beaten, stripped naked, and photos were taken of him. Those nude and bloody photos were uploaded to social media.
The rum was retrieved.
Police were alerted about the incident shortly after the suspect was captured. He was taken to hospital but was apparently not under police guard. The situation has angered senior members of the police force.
Police were also searching for two other accomplices in the same matter. The other suspects were believed to be waiting in a get-a-away car but they reportedly drove off after realising their alleged partner in crime was apprehended by the patrons of the shop.