The Guyana Police Force has launched an investigation into the armed robbery of a Deputy Programme Manager at the Caricom Secretariat.
The 59-year-old man was shot in the leg and relieved of just over $200,000 as he was about to enter his Atlantic Gardens yard.
The official had just left the Republic Bank Triumph branch on the East Coast and as he turned into the entrance to his yard, a motor car approached his vehicle and blocked its path. A man exited the vehicle and relived him of the money that he had just withdrawn from the bank, while shooting him in one of his legs.
He was taken to a city hospital and a spent shell has since been recovered from the scene. Investigators are reviewing CCTV recordings from the area to assist them in identifying the vehicle that the armed man used.
There has been growing concern about the number of armed robberies being committed on persons just after leaving commercial banks. In the past few weeks alone, three persons were robbed after leaving the same Republic Bank branch on the East Coast.
Last year, another Republic Bank branch was the scene of a daring robbery attempt. At least two employees of the bank were arrested and charged in connection with that particular robbery. A gunman who was a close friend of one of the bank workers was shot dead during his bid to escape from the robbery scene.