A route 42 minibus driver and conductor were on Thursday morning robbed of $9,000 in cash and a wallet, at gunpoint by two unmasked males in the vicinity of Drysdale and High Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown.
The victims have been identified as Rakesh Seegobin, 43, of Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara and Ashiva Singh, 22, of Parfaite Harmony, West Bank Demerara.
According to information received, the incident occurred at around 10:30hrs.
Seegobin, who was the driver of minibus, BLL2333, reportedly drove the vehicle –with Singh as the lone occupant- to Drysdale and High Streets and parked on the eastern side of the road.
The conductor reportedly exited the bus and stood on the road, while Seegobin remained in the driver seat, eating.
Just then, the two suspects reportedly approached the duo from the northern side of High Street –one of whom was on a bicycle while the other was on foot.
The perpetrator who was walking reportedly pointed a gun at Singh, and relieved him of his wallet containing $1,000. He then subsequently made his way over to Seegobin, and proceeded to relieve him of $8,000 in cash.
The suspect on the bicycle was allegedly “keeping guard,” while the ordeal was taking place. The bandits then fled the scene north along High Street.
At this point, the driver of the minibus began to shout and alerted an armed police constable who was performing his duties at the Charlestown Post Office.
The officer reportedly gave chase, resulting in the suspect with the firearm turning around and aiming his weapon at the rank.
Police say that the constable quickly drew his .38 revolver from his waist and discharged a round in the direction of the suspects.
However, the duo managed to escape east along Princess Street, Georgetown.
INews understands that it is still to be ascertained if any of the suspects were wounded.
Investigations are ongoing.