Four men armed with handgun, knives and cutlasses on Wednesday evening terrorised and robbed a Blairmont, West Bank Berbice family, escaping with a quantity of cash and jewellery. The robbery occurred at about 19:15h, moments after Shamshudeen Khan, also called ‘Fizal’, closed his grocery shop.
INews understands that the four men confronted the businessman and held him at gunpoint demanding cash and jewellery after he closed his shop for the day.
As the men confronted and ordered Khan to hand over jewellery and money, they held his wife and two children (ages 7 and 8). During the ordeal, the men entered the shop, broke the drawer and took away about $500,000 and about $200,000 in jewellery which he kept in the kitchen. Not satisfied with what they got, they then went to one of the bedrooms, opened the wardrobe but came up empty handed.
The bandits then turned their attention on Khan’s wife and ordered her to take off the jewellery she was wearing at the time, and she complied.
After the five-minute ordeal, the men then escaped into a nearby housing scheme. Khan noted that the men were not wearing masks at the time of the robbery and he could identify them. The incident has left the businessman’s wife and two children in a traumatised state.
The police are continuing their investigations into the incident.