A swift response by the police resulted in the apprehension of a male suspect who was earlier relieved of a shotgun during his attempt to rob a resident of Coomacka Mines, Demerara River, the police said on Monday.
About 9 pm, police said that the victim, 67-year-old Stanley Coachman had just closed his shop and ventured out into the yard to close the front gate when he was pounced upon by the suspect who was armed with a shotgun.
The police said that the suspect struck the victim in his head with the gun and demanded cash. An alarm was raised by the victim and his son-in-law responded. They subdued the suspect and took possession of his firearm and four live cartridges but he managed to escape into the dark.
The firearm and cartridges were handed over to the Police at Mackenzie Police station and a report lodged. Based on the description, the ranks proceeded to the suspect’s home in the said community and arrested him. A small quantity of cannabis was found in his possession.