Police probing two armed robberies

Police probing two armed robberies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police are investigating two armed robberies and an attempted armed robbery that occurred on New Providence over the weekend.

The most recent incident occurred around 1 a.m. yesterday, according to authorities.

Police said a man accepted a ride from two women, who took him to Western Road and stopped the vehicle near a bushy area.

A short time later, a man armed with a “sharp instrument” emerged from the bushes and demanded cash from the hitchhiker.

The victim reportedly resisted and the robber attacked him, stabbing him in the left arm.

However, the hitchhiker managed to escaped and hid in bushes a distance away.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, police said a man sitting in his black Nissan Cube at the junction of Prince Charles Drive and Yamacraw Hill Road around 1 a.m. was approached by a gunman, who robbed him of his vehicle and cell phone.

Additionally, authorities reported that a man, who was at his Bellot Road home off Gladstone Road, heard someone knock at the door around 9 p.m.

When he opened the door, he was held at gunpoint by a man, who robbed him of cash before fleeing.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the home invasion.

Crime reports in recent weeks have been inundated with armed robberies.

In 2018, there were 474 armed robberies, down 18 per cent from the 575 armed robberies in 2017.

This was a 27 drop from the 783 armed robberies in 2016.

Authorities have not released recent crime statistics for 2019.