Armed bandits on Sunday morning attacked and robbed a Corentyne businessman, firing two shots at him. The incident took place at Alness Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).
According to reports Jacob Mootoo, the proprietor of J Mootoo Grocery Store was awakened when he heard a loud banging and went to investigate. He explained: “I hear someone lashing my room window and trying fa lash out the glass and grill so I run downstairs fa’ me cutlass and me wife run somewhere and hide.”
According to Mootoo, after he grabbed his cutlass and was making his way back up to the steps, two gunshots were fired in his direction which stopped him in his tracks. The man said he immediately ran back down the steps but heard his sister-in-law, who was staying with them at the time, scream for help.
The businessman said he remained downstairs as he heard the men demanding cash. According to sister-in-law Devena, the bandits ransacked the upper flat of the two-flat building. She explained that they tore stuffed animals apart in search of cash.
The Police were summoned but moments before they arrived, the two masked men exited the building and made good their escape. An undisclosed sum of cash and two Samsung Galaxy S5 phones were taken.
Police recovered two spent shells and the wood used to break into the building. No arrests have been made as investigations are ongoing.