The Police have so far arrested one person in connection with the attempted robbery/ murder of the Wakenaam businessman who was attacked by an armed man earlier today in downtown Georgetown.
According to a police press statement issued moments ago, at about 1045h. today, Tuesday April 19, 2016, businessman Mahendra Persaud, 26 years, of Wakenaam, Essequibo, was with his driver in a vehicle at Alexander and Regent Streets, Georgetown, when he was attacked by a man armed with a firearm and who demanded a bag with money that he had in his possession as he exited the vehicle.
The statement added that Persaud put up a resistance and a struggle ensued during which he was shot to his neck. He fell on the roadway and in the process was run over by a motor vehicle.
According to the police statement, a licensed firearm holder who was in the vicinity at the time intervened and there was an exchange of gunfire with the armed man who managed to escape on a motor cycle driven by an accomplice, without the bag with the money which has been recovered by the police.
Persaud was taken to the GPHC where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Investigators say that a man was seen attempting to change the number plate of the vehicle that had run over Persaud and has been arrested. The driver is not yet arrested while the vehicle has been detained by the police.
Investigations are in progress.