Women targeted in weekend robberies

Authorities were yesterday searching for several men suspected of being responsible for a string of armed robberies on Saturday.

In four of the five incidents, women were targeted.

According to police, an armed man shot a woman as she was leaving a business establishment on Bahama Avenue around 7:00 p.m. and robbed her of her handbag before escaping.

The woman was transported to hospital and said to be in stable condition.

Police also reported that a woman arrived at a residence on Prince Charles Drive around 7:00 p.m. and was approached by a gunman who stole her handbag, which reportedly contained cash and other items.

The culprit fled the scene in a white Honda CRV.

Shortly after 10:00 p.m., another woman arrived at a residence on Spikenard Road, off Carmichael Road, when an armed man exited a black jeep and demanded that she exit her vehicle.

The culprit stole a 2012 Honda Civic, according to police.

Authorities also said two armed men robbed a woman of her handbag which contained cash as she was leaving a gaming establishment on Market and Peter Street around 11:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, shortly at 11:00 p.m., two armed men robbed a man in Danottage Estates of a red and black Keeway scooter.

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

In September, following a series of armed robberies, authorities sought to quash concerns there was an uptick.

At the time, Assistance Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander said while police had observed incidents of businesses being robbed and people being held at gunpoint when arriving at their homes, these were not evidence of an increase in armed robberies, and police had been successful in suppressing crime.

Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson said in August that major categories of crime, including armed robberies, rapes, murders, among other key crime indicators, were trending downward.

He did not provide crime statistics, however.

According to police, armed robberies fell by 27.