One customer was struck in the head, several other customers were robbed and a shot was fired during a hold-up at West Bay’s Alfresco restaurant Sunday night.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported that a number of customers dining on the outdoor deck of the North West Point Road eatery were accosted by two of the three suspects who stormed the business just after 9 p.m. Sunday. One customer sustained a head injury, according to owner Phillip Wilson, who took over the operation just a few months ago.
A police report on the incident said the customer who was struck got into a struggle with one of the suspects, at which point another robber fired a shot into the air. Upon hearing the gunshot, police said the customer surrendered his wallet. The customer was taken to the hospital, treated and released.
According to police, a gun-toting suspect wearing a ski mask took money from the cash register, while two other men wearing bandanas over their faces took money and other belongings from customers on the outdoor patio. Mr. Wilson said there were dozens of tourists and local patrons there at the time.
“It’s really sad,” he said. “Alfresco is so important to bringing tourism into the community.
We had a lot of tourists there [Sunday] and we lost a lot of money [Sunday] night.”
Police said the three suspects ran to Henning Lane and fled in a silver car headed in the direction of West Church Street. Officers cordoned off the scene and interviewed witnesses.
No arrests were immediately reported.
The Alfresco robbery was one of a pair of weekend robberies to occur in West Bay district.
About 24 hours earlier, Eddie’s No. 2 Minimart (known as Malcolm’s Minimart) on Birch Tree Hill Road was robbed by a man who police said pointed a handgun at a female employee who was alone in the store.
Police said the suspect emptied the cash register and also took five mobile phones.
The store employee was not hurt. The suspect is described as about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, with dark brown skin, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and a sweater. Police said he carried a black or purple string bag during the robbery.