A Land Court Judge and her husband were early Thursday morning severely battered and robbed during an invasion of their home on the East Coast Demerara, but the bandits moments later dropped their prized booty during an exchange of gunfire.
Five of the six persons were arrested, police said.
Badly injured and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a city hospital are Justice Nicole Pierre and her husband. The incident occurred at about 1:40 AM at Felicity, East Coast Demerara.
Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Superintendent Blanhum told Demerara Waves Online News that the bandits dropped the suitcase and the safe during a shootout with a nearby security guard. The suitcase and safe have combination locks. No guns were found in possession of the men.
Blanhum told Demerara Waves Online News that the men experienced difficulty fleeing the scene because their vehicle broke down. He said police responded promptly and cornered the men in the area.
Investigators learnt that the men held up the Special Constable guard at the hut at gun-point before entering the house through an open window.