Man shot by police in apparent robbery attempt, three in custody
- Published on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:16
- Written by Toni Frederick
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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A Cotton Ground man is under police guard at the Alexandria Hospital in Nevis after he was shot in the foot by an officer, during what was believed to be an attempted robbery early Wednesday morning. Two other men from the Cotton Ground-Jessup's area are also in police custody in relation to the incident.
The three men are said to be in their 20's.
Reports reaching WINN FM indicate that two police officers on patrol Wednesday morning were approaching Barnes Ghaut just after 6:00 o’clock when they spotted rocks across the road. Up ahead they came across three armed, masked men who reportedly ran toward their vehicle. The officers jumped out of the car and fired at the men who fled into the bushes. Searching the ghaut, the police discovered the injured man.
The officers are believed to have foiled an attempted robbery of the Nevis Bakery van, which approached the area within minutes of the confrontation between police and the gunmen.
The van was robbed on Saturday morning in the Hanley’s Road area by a sole masked gunman, who is reported to have made his getaway through a cemetery.
Wednesday morning’s incident comes less than 12 hours after three armed masked men robbed Fanny’s Variety Store on Old Hospital Road in Charlestown. WINN FM understands that sometime after 8:00 o’clock on Tuesday night, the gunmen entered the shop, ordered everyone inside to lie on the floor, grabbed the cash pan and fled the store.
That robbery comes just days after a local businessman was robbed at his Jessup's Village home. WINN FM understands that Brian ‘Buju’ Powell the proprietor of Buju’s Snackette on Main Street was at home with his stepdaughter on Friday when two gunmen entered the house, holding them at gunpoint and demanding money. They fled with an undisclosed sum of money, jewelry and a mobile phone.
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