Elderly woman shot in bar-hopping crime spree in South
A series of attacks on bars in South Trinidad seem to have been linked, as police believe criminal elements went on a bar-hopping crime spree on Friday night.
Police received reports of at least three bars in South Trinidad being robbed within a 30-minute period, with a total of 20 victims, including an elderly woman who had been shot and a police officer attached to the Homicide Bureau in Port of Spain.
Police said four armed suspects stole over $70,000 in valuables after the robberies were reported.
The first incident was reported at about 11.10 pm on Friday at Happy Boys Restaurant and Bar at Esmeralda Road, Williamsville.
Four persons, aged between 32 and 54, were at the bar when four masked men entered.
Two of the assailants were armed with firearms, while a third was armed with a cutlass. They announced a hold-up and robbed the four individuals of their cash, jewellery, phones, and other valuables.
The men then escaped in a white Nissan Tiida motor vehicle which was parked outside.
PC Mitchell is continuing inquiries into this matter.
About 10 minutes later, four men, who also matched the description of the assailants from the previous report, entered Khan’s Bar along Pascal Road, Piparo.
They announced a hold-up and even assaulted one of the five persons who were at the bar at the time, who objected to the actions of the robbers.
The assailants relieved the five persons – including a 42-year-old woman – of their cash, cellular phones, and valuables.
They then made good their escape in a white Tiida as well.
PC Clarence is investigating this report.
A mere ten minutes later, the men entered the R&J Restaurant and Bar located along Sancho Branch Road, New Grant, where they robbed six persons – including the police constable.
The proprietor of the store, 68-year-old Dulcie Woods, raised an objection to the robbers, and two shots were fired in her direction - one hitting her in the abdomen, while the other hitting her in her upper right thigh.
The assailants relieved the victims of their cash, cellular phones, and other valuables, and then made good their escape.
Cpl Neckcheddy is continuing inquiries.
More on this as it becomes available.