Barber cuts armed robber

A barber stabbed an armed robber who tried to hold up Wright’s Barber Shop in George Town Thursday night.

Police later arrested three men after the suspects went to George Town Hospital to seek medical attention for the stab wound.

Barber Lebert Barrington Thompson described how two men raced into the barber shop in South Way around 6.56pm on Thursday and demanded money.

‘I was trimming a customer’s hair when a masked man approached me and said ‘Give me the money’.

‘I said ‘What money’ and he said again ‘Give me the money’,’ he said.

Mr. Thompson said both armed and masked men were shouting and threatening him, and one had begun pushing him and pointing the gun at him.

‘I looked up and saw a knife, so I grabbed it and I stabbed him around the shoulder area,’ he said.

After that, the pair fled and Mr. Thompson, a Jamaican who has lived and worked as a barber in Cayman for 18 years, called the police.

He said the customer whose hair he was cutting, and two other customers, were in the barber shop at the time.

He said the 8-inch blade knife was a simple kitchen knife kept at the shop to cut sandwiches. Police took the knife as evidence.

Mr. Thompson said the robber did not appear to bleed heavily from the stab wound.

Police said the men made off in a vehicle toward the direction of Welly’s restaurant.

No shots were fired.

A statement released by police on Friday stated: ‘The suspects were subsequently arrested after seeking medical attention at George Town Hospital.

‘Two of the men are being held at George Town Police Station while the third remains in hospital under police guard receiving treatment for a stab wound.’

One of the three was initially described as being in critical but stable condition on Friday, but was later discharged from medical care and was in police custody.

Police also seized a vehicle for examination.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Ronald Francis on 526-2578 or Detective Sergeant Colin Oremule on 516-8746.

The statement from the police continued: ‘The RCIPS would like to remind the public that the safest action to take in the event of a robbery is to hand over the goods demanded, as attempts to defend oneself could put individuals in danger.’

The attempted robbery was the latest in a series of robberies involving firearms and was the second in two days. On Wednesday afternoon, an off-duty police officer chased an armed suspect who robbed the China Boutique on Shedden Road. In the early hours of Monday, 6 October, a man armed with a machete robbed the On The Run Esso on Dorcy Drive.

In August, a security guard was robbed at gunpoint behind the Hard Rock Café a few days after two men carrying guns tied up a female employee of Pet Pros on Crewe Road and stole money from the pet shop.