Robbery attempt foiled by Esso staff

Royal Cayman Islands Police responded to an attempted robbery at the Hell Esso petrol station in West Bay at around 9pm Monday.

According to police one man tried to enter the store on Hell Road.

Two men were arrested and remained in police custody Tuesday.

Officers said an Esso staff member was standing at the door of Hell gas station in West Bay, when suddenly he saw a masked man running towards the premises. The masked man tried to barge his way through the door, but police said the staff member pushed him aside and closed the door, locking the suspect outside.

Police said the staff member then activated the alarm. The suspect ran off into bushes at the rear of the gas station toward Watercourse Road.

No one was injured in the incident and no weapons were visible.

Shortly afterward, the suspect vehicle, a Toyota Altezza, was stopped in the Cockspur Road area. Two people were in the car. The police officers signaled the driver of the vehicle to stop. As the Toyota came to a halt, the masked man jumped from the
passenger seat of the car and ran off.

The driver, a 28-year-old man, was arrested and taken into custody.

Officers immediately cordoned off the area where they suspected the masked man was hiding.

A K-9 officer carried out a search of the area. A short time later the officer and his dog located the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody. The second suspect was 26, according to police.

RCIPS Sergeant Dave Morrison commended the member of staff at the gas station.

“This man did not panic when he saw the suspect running towards him,” Sgt. Morrison said. “He calmly stopped him entering the premises and closed the door. His activation of the alarm allowed police resources to get there quickly, and arrest the suspects.

“We would always urge people to take the utmost care when confronted by would-be robbers and remember that their own personal safety is a top priority. Do not put yourself in danger but alert the police as quickly as possible and provide as detailed descriptions as you can.”