THE armed bandit who attempted to rob friends of new Chutney Soca Monarch Kris "KI" Persad, moments after he copped the $1 million first prize, was wanted by police in connection with several car thefts.
Police say the 25-year-old man was part of a car-stealing ring some years ago that ended with his arrest and subsequent conviction.
The man, police say, was interviewed by officers at his Port of Spain General Hospital bedside yesterday.
Police said a group of friends and relatives of the artiste arrived at his Third Street home from the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, where the competition was held, to celebrate his success, when the gun-toting bandit approached and announced a hold-up.
The man, who police said, lived at Thomasine Street, Laventille, was armed with a shotgun and reportedly approached a member of the group, a security officer, and snatched his gold chain.
The bandit also demanded the keys to the officer's car and was handed the keys.
The suspect was shot once to the chest by the security officer with his licensed pistol.
The incident took place on the roadway outside the artiste's house.
Officers said about five minutes after the incident, Persad arrived at his home and saw the bleeding man on the ground and called police.
A team of officers from the Barataria Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrived on the scene minutes later and took the injured man to hospital.