Armed bandit killed

By Rickie Ramdass

AN armed bandit was shot dead yesterday morning after carrying out a robbery at a bar in Aranjuez.

Up to late yesterday evening, he was only identified by police as Lutchman.

Police said around 11 a.m., two bandits, one armed with a gun and another with a knife, walked into Singh's Bar, at the corner of Branch Road and Queen Street, and announced a hold-up.

The men proceeded to rob the patrons of cash, jewelry and cellphones, said police. They later turned on the owner of the bar, robbing him of $3,000.

As they were about to leave, another patron walked into the bar and was confronted by the robbers. However, police said that patron was in possession of a licensed firearm. The patron pulled out his firearm and shot the gunman once in the head. The other bandit ran from the bar and escaped.

Officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force went to the Aranjuez bar and took the injured bandit to hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The patron was questioned by officers and later released. ASP Mahabir, of the North Eastern Division, is continuing enquiries.

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