A Sea Lots man tried to trick police on Monday by claiming he was a victim of a robbery in the Beetham Estate.
He would have got away with it, if the actual victim had not fingered him as the bandit at the Besson Street police station.
Members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) responded to a report of a robbery and gunshots being heard in the Beetham while on patrol on Monday.When they arrived, the victim, a man from Santa Cruz, told them he had been the front-seat passenger in a PH taxi going to San Juan, but as it passed Bhagwansingh’s Hardware, a passenger in the back seat pulled out a gun and announced a hold-up.
The man said the driver pulled over, got out of the car and ran. He said he ran as well, and heard gunshots as he was running away.
Police searched the area and found the car parked on the shoulder of the highway, with a man inside who claimed he was also a victim of the robbery.
The second man was taken to the Besson Street station and came face to face with the first victim, who pointed him out as the bandit. The 26-year-old Sea Lots man was arrested and taken back to the scene of the crime, where police found a black and silver revolver.
The driver, a 30-year-old man from Laventille, later went to police and reported the bandit had shot him in the arm. He was taken to hospital.
The driver also pointed out the Sea Lots man as the would-be bandit.