Two teenagers- one of whom sustained a gunshot wound- were on Wednesday evening apprehended by police moments after they allegedly committed a robbery on a Chinese Supermarket located in Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).
This is according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James on Thursday morning during a telephone interview with INews.
According to police reports, the incident occurred at around 20:00hrs, while the proprietor of the Golden World Supermarket located at lot 302 Parika Highway, EBE, was in the process of closing up her entity when two teenage males entered.
The entrepreneur- identified as a woman named Jin Li Luo- told police that one of the teens whipped out a gun and pointed it at her, while instructing his accomplice to empty the cash register. The perpetrators then managed to flee the scene with the undisclosed sum of cash and a quantity of cell phone cards.
Luo immediately ran over to the Parika Police Station which is located a short distance away and related what transpired.
Police responded promptly, resulting in them pursuing the suspects into the vicinity of Bushy Park, and after failing to heed warnings, one of the 17-year-old suspects –identified as a Zeelugt resident- was shot.
He was quickly apprehended and taken back to the Parika Police Station, where he gave police the names of two other accomplices.
As the search continued in the same area, police were able to arrest the other 17-year-old bandit who was found muddied, and hiding in a ditch.
The injured Zeelugt teen was taken for medical attention and is presently under police guard, while the other is still in custody.
Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James also explained to INews that a weapon, suspected to be the firearm used to conduct the robbery was retrieved.
However, there are speculations that the weapon may be a toy. Nevertheless, he asserted that this can only be confirmed after a ballistics test is conducted.
Investigations are ongoing.