– “The police see three bandits coming out from my yard and think it was security guards”- Angry businessman
Police arrested an alleged gunman minutes after he and two of his accomplices bound, beat and robbed a
Prospect, East Bank Demerara (EBD) businessman, Kalicharan Surujpaul, early yesterday.
Three masked men, two of whom were armed with guns, entered the businessman, Surujpaul’s Lot 205 Prospect home by removing the pane from a window in the lower flat of the two-storey building.
They also strewed out the grill works from the window to gain entry. According to information received, the men tortured the father of three before they escaped with $800,000 in cash, $750,000 worth in cheques, $2M in jewelry, three laptops and two cellular phones.
They had also ransacked the businessman’s property.
The police were able to recover the two phones and three laptops when they apprehended one of the three armed bandits outside the businessman’s property just as he and his accomplices were making their way out.
The two other bandits managed to escape. However, the police managed to recover one of the firearms used in the robbery.
Yesterday, during an interview with this newspaper, the businessman said that he had just arrived home after attending a reception after which he locked his doors and went to bed.
He added that it was about 03:00 hrs yesterday when he heard “strange noises” in the house.
“When I open my eyes, I see three men wearing marks and holding guns by the door,” Surujpaul recalled.
The businessman said that the men duct-taped his hands behind his back and tied his feet. They hit him in his head with a hammer.
“They asked me if I got a firearm and I said no and same time my wife walk downstairs and they throw her on the ground and demanded money and jewelry,” the businessman said.
He added that after the men got what they wanted, they left the house.
“When they walked out, the police patrol passed the same time and they see the bandits
coming out from my yard and think it was security guards,” an angry Surujpaul said.
He continued, “It was after the police notice the men looking suspicious that they opened fire and only get one of them. The other two escaped.”
“I don’t understand how you can see three people leaving a yard and think is security guards,” the businessman lamented.
He said that in the past he had a number of experiences with petty thieves but yesterday’s incident was the worst he had ever encountered.
Investigations are ongoing.
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