Police investigate spate of armed robberies

Police investigate spate of armed robberies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police are investigating a spate of weekend armed robberies in the capital.

According to reports, there have been four separate incidents in the past 24 hours, and in three matters the victims were women.

The first incident took placed in Stapledon Gardens early Friday morning.

A woman was walking on Bethel Avenue when she was approached by two armed men who took her handbag, an escaped in a red rental vehicle shortly after 6am.

Less than three hours later, another woman was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of an Auto Parts Store near Village Road.

Police say an armed man who robbed the woman of her handbag in the store’s parking lot on Wulff Road, and escaped in a Gray Nissan Cube shortly after 9am.

The third armed robbery occurred at a home in the western district.

A woman was reportedly standing in front of a home when she was approached by an armed man, who took her handbag, shortly after 11pm.

According to police, the fourth incident took place in the parking lot of a bar on Bernard Road shortly after 1am on Saturday.

A man was approached by an armed man, who robbed him of his blue BMW jeep and sped away.

The jeep was followed by a pink Nissan March, police said.

Superintendent Shanta Knowles, police press liaison, also noted investigations into separate incidents of a shooting, stabbing and a police-involved shooting in a statement released earlier today.

In the police-involved matter, a man was shot after pointing a firearm in the direction of officers near a night club on St Albans Drive shortly after 2am on Saturday.

Knowles said the officers were conducting an investigation in the area when they heard gunshots.

“As officers were walking toward the night club, they observed a male, walking towards them, armed with a firearm,” the statement read.

“The male was ordered to drop the weapon, to which he refused and pointed the firearm in the direction of the officers. The officers being in fear for their lives, discharged their service weapons in the direction of the man, wounding him.

It continued: “The injured man was transported to hospital and is listed in serious condition. No one else was injured during this incident. Officers recovered an illegal firearm which contained eight rounds of ammunition.”

In the separate shooting incident, a man was walking on Verbena Street, off Rosedale Street when the occupants of a pink Nissan March opened fire in his direction shortly before 5pm on Friday.

Police said the man was hit in his leg, and is listed in stable condition at hospital.

Another man was said to be in serious condition after he was stabbed at Potter’s Cay Dock on Friday.

He reportedly got into an altercation with two men known to him shortly after 8pm.

Police are asking anyone with information that can assist investigations, to contact the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991/2, Crime stoppers at 328-TIPS (8477) or the nearest police station.