With the help of citizens, police arrested a young man Monday night (Jan. 16) after he used a fake gun to rob a middle-aged female tourist in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, an eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online.
The incident reportedly occurred around 9 p.m. near a popular restaurant, the source said.
The suspect reportedly pulled out a gun after his attempts to snatch the tourist’s bag were met with stiff resistance.
He fled the scene but the screams of the tourist captured the attention of several witnesses who gave chase and caught him soon after.
The angry citizens held the suspect until the police arrived.
Upon arrival, the lawmen retrieved the gun, but on closer inspection it was revealed that the ‘weapon’ was a wooden replica.
The suspect, believed to be in his 20s, was taken into custody.
Meanwhile, the tourist, believed to be an American, was not injured, but she appeared visibly shaken by the attack.
Sources from the Gros Islet Police Station confirmed that the incident occurred but could not provide details at the time.