Barbados: Two female staff members of the Republic Bank were injured during gunshots fired in an attempted bank robbery at the Wildey, St Michael branch. Although, the gunman had to return with empty hands.
The Bank officials confirmed no money has been taken by the gunman.
Both the injured were immediately transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance. One woman was reportedly grazed, while the other woman was injured after a bullet appeared to have rebounded, CEO of the Republic Bank Barbados noted.
The confirmation of the injuries was given by the Chief executive officer and managing director of Republic Bank Barbados – Anthony Clerk, adding that the other employees will be receiving counselling under the Employees’ Assistance Programme. Clerk further informed that the Bank will remain close until further notice.
The Assistant Superintendent of Police (attached to the Bridgetown Division) – Dale Crichlow, reported a masked man entering the bank at around 9:25 am and then handed a clerk an empty bag. After firing shots, the man fled the bank, escaping in a waiting vehicle.
The Assistant Superintendent denied rumours that one of the injured women had passed away.
The Police authorities have asked the individuals to contact the Police Emergency Hotline at 211, the District “A” Police Station 430-7242/46, or any other police station, to those who have any information which will assist them in the investigation.
No further information has been shared by the Police officials related to the failed heist.
This was the second robbery to take place in the vicinity. On May 13, 2021, a bank robber masked as a woman walked away with an undisclosed sum of cash from – CIBC First Caribbean Wildey branch.
Two men – Tremaine Alexander Beckles, 22, and Daniel Elijah MacArthur Severin, 24 – were charged with the robbery.