Instinctive actions by a driver and security guard attached to E.C. Veira Investment located at Huston, East Bank Demerara (EBD), yesterday resulted in an armed bandit being forced to abandon his mission of stealing the company’s wages from their vehicle, while dropping his loaded pistol in the process.
According to the Police, investigations have revealed that the victims were returning to Huston in the company’s motor car and whilst at Peter’s Hall, EBD, in the slow-moving traffic, the armed bandit approached the security guard, Lionel Nixon, who was in the front passenger seat and discharged a round at him, shattering the front wind screen and injuring his upper left leg.
However, the driver, Joseph Ferria, who was armed with a licenced handgun, discharged his firearm at the bandit, who immediately dropped his 9mm Beretta pistol with sixteen (16) live matching rounds and fled the scene on a waiting CG motorcycle, escaping in a northerly direction.
Lionel Nixon was rushed to a private hospital where he was admitted for surgery. One spent shell was recovered at the scene by investigators.
The bandit’s modus operandi is eerily similar to a recent robbery that took place in front of the Ministry of Finance, where a prominent business man was robbed of an undisclosed sum of cash on November 16, from his vehicle as he was waiting on the traffic lights.