Gunman orders patrons to “leave” before robbing Curly’s

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A masked gunman stormed the premises of Curly’s Restaurant and Bar on West Bay Street around 2 a.m. yesterday and held patrons and an employee at gunpoint before robbing the nighttime spot.

According to sources, the gunman walked from the street and weaved through the populated restaurant, pointing a firearm at several patrons as he demanded, “who works here”.

He ordered that patrons “leave” before robbing the business and fleeing in an awaiting vehicle.

Several customers fled to the neighboring Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and reported the matter to security, Eyewitness News Online understands.

No one was harmed during the incident, according to police.

It was unclear how much cash was stolen.

Authorities were yesterday searching for the man responsible and made their usual appeal for anyone with additional information to come forward.

There has been a spate of armed robberies in recent weeks.

On Monday, a gunman robbed a woman, who was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot of a business establishment on Dowdeswell Street around 1 p.m.

He escaped in a royal blue Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), police said.

Two armed men also robbed a man, who was at a residence of Coral Harbour Close around 10 p.m., of his watch, wallet, cash and gold Ford F-150 truck.

Between April 18thand April 21stthere were nine armed robberies reported.

Prior to those incidents, authorities were investigating six separate armed robberies just over a week ago: two on April 12, three on April 13 and a sixth of April 14.

According to crime statistics for 2018, armed robberies dropped by 18 per cent, from 575 cases in 2017 to 474 cases to 2018.