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Police are searching for two suspects in connection with the foiled armed robbery at a bar/shop in Girard, Cacao, Babonneau early Sunday morning in which an alleged bandit was disarmed and beaten by residents, according to Assistant Superindent Gregory Alexander of the Police Public Relations Department.
According to Alexander, the Babonneau Police Station was alerted about the incident around 1 a.m. on Sunday and officers proceeded to the scene where they apprehended one of the assailants.
Alexander said the officers observed that the suspect had bruises all over his body and he was transported to hospital.
Alexander said the suspect is currently in stable condition. He is expected to be charged following his release from hospital.
In the meantime, police are searching for two other persons suspected to have been involved in the crime, Alexander said.
It is believed that the other two persons were in a car that transported the captured suspect to the business place. The car reportedly drove off after their alleged accomplice was caught.
A relative of the shop owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, told St. Lucia News Online that the business community has been suffering because of a number of armed robberies.
“We want the public to know because that is not the first time they are coming and rob people in the area,” she said. “Because we have a lady higher up the road, she has a shop. And the lady willing to close her shop because they robbed her once last year and two times for the year already, at gunpoint and with mask.”
Commenting on the incident, the relative added: “So he (the alleged gunman) came in, he burst a shot, and he ask them to ‘pass it’, he asked my uncle to ‘pass it’ so my uncle moved fast and think fast,” the relative explained. “So he tell him he don’t have money … he (the gunman) end up going on the other side where the fellas gambling, then my uncle rush outside and close the door and prevented him from going outside. And that’s how my uncle was able to take the gun from him and then they start giving him licks.”
By the time the suspect was handed over to the police, he was bleeding profusely and required immediate attention.
“The people in the area made him talk,” the relative noted.