ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Police interrupted a home invasion Sunday night, shooting one of the two bandits they caught in the act, while a third evaded police.
Reports are that a special Police Task Force was summoned to a house in Piccadilly moments after the armed, masked perpetrators stormed the house and bound and gagged the couple who lives there.
Senior Sergeant William Holder of the police’s public relations office told OBSERVER Media the police received the report of the incident at about 9 pm and upon arrival one of the bandits confronted the investigators.
“On arriving at the home where a couple was duct-taped and bound, police were confronted by one of the men who they shot and wounded in the upper body. He is in stable condition at Mount St John’s Medical Centre. A second intruder was apprehended inside the house, while the third fled the scene on foot,” the senior sergeant said.
It is not clear if the third perpetrator escaped with any cash or other valuables.
The two men in custody are known criminals, and reports indicate one of them was recently released from prison.
Holder cautioned the assailant to turn himself in while he appealed to the public to assist in the probe so as to bring all the perpetrators to justice.
“We the police are happy with any assistance that we can get from the public as it relates to foiling crime. It is always welcomed and it is what we have been advocating for. So we ask once again to collaborate with us on this one because it could lead to breakthroughs in other crimes,” the officer urged.
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