Police, bandits in high-speed chase after Chinese nationals beaten, robbed

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A robbery at the Hong Tai Supermarket at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara led to a high-speed chase between a Police rank and armed bandits in broad daylight on Saturday.

Three Chinese nationals were beaten and one of the suspected bandits was arrested; he remains in Police custody.

The News Room understands that the incident occurred at about 12:20 hrs and involved four armed bandits in a car.

The driver remained in the vehicle while the other three bandits went into the supermarket, held the three Chinese nationals at gunpoint and robbed them of cash, phone cards and phones.

The News Room understands that the men were beaten to their heads during the robbery.

A round was discharged by one of the bandits as they exited the supermarket but he was confronted by a licensed firearm holder who managed to discharge rounds at the getaway vehicle.

Two of the bandits, who were on foot, were chased by a Policeman on motorcycle patrol and while in pursuit, they discharged several rounds.

During the chase, a 21-year-old man of Bent Street, Workmanville, Georgetown was arrested at Mon Repos, ECD, after he jumped into a canal in an attempt to escape.

A search was conducted and a metal toy gun was found along with a quantity of suspected stolen items.

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