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Dapperly dressed gunman nabbed

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 1:00 AM

Mandeville, Manchester:

A GUNMAN who attempted to rob members of a family on Brumalia Road in Mandeville at approximately 10 a.m. yesterday is now behind bars.

A female student of the University of the West Indies who was one of the victims of the attempted hold-up was visibly shaken when The Gleaner visited the house.

She told The Gleaner that the neatly dressed gunman, who is in his early twenties, entered the premises on the pretext that he was part of a team taking census in the neighbourhood. After being told the occupants were not interested in the exercise, the man then asked for a glass of water.

Once inside the house the man brandished a firearm and announced: "This is a robbery." He then phoned his cronies who were in a car nearby and advised them he had the occupants under control. However, a male resident of the house attacked the gunman with a chair. During the struggle, the resident was shot and the gunman fled empty-handed to the waiting car.

Checkpoints were set up by the police on major roadways leading out of the town. The gunman, whose name has not yet been released, was held by the police but his accomplices escaped.

The man is allegedly wanted by the police for a number of shootings in York Town, Clarendon.

- Angelo Laurence