Businessman kills bandit during robbery

 A bandit was shot dead by a businessman yesterday during a robbery in Chaguanas. 

The bandit was identified by police as Damien Simon, 28, of Kelly Village, Caroni.

 They said he was a suspect in several robberies in the North and Central police districts, and a murder suspect.  

According to police, the businessman had withdrawn $70,000 from a bank at Valpark Shopping Plaza and had returned to his home in Rajkumar Road, Endeavour, when he was confronted by three bandits at his gate. 

Police said the bandits demanded the cash and the businessman handed over an envelope with $50,000. 

The businessman then pulled out his licensed gun and opened fire. 

Simon was shot and collapsed at the scene and died. His accomplices made good their escape in a waiting vehicle. 

Police said Simon was also known to live in Beetham Gardens, Port of Spain, and was being sought in connection with robbe­ries and the 2012 murder of a 14-year-old boy in Caroni. 

The body was taken to the Forensic Science Centre in St James for an autopsy yesterday.    

—Susan Mohammed

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