A hapless gunman who robbed a business then locked himself in, was eventually able to escape - into the arms of a waiting police inspector.
The suspect then tried hiding his loaded gun – in the police vehicle.
At around midday Monday, he went to the store in Arouca pretending to be a customer.
He was in hard hat and orange vest.
He pulled a firearm and announced a robbery. While relieving the employees of their items, the gunman assaulted one worker by striking him with the gun, wounding him over his right eye.
The suspect managed to secure three cell phones, two ‘Ipads’, one bag, and a quantity of cash.
Video footage showed him pleading for his victim to 'open the door boy', before body slamming the locked door over and over again.
Eventually, one of his victims was forced to open it.
By then, it was over.
He was detained at Hindustan Trace, Arouca, following a chase with Inspector Carr, who happened to be outside the establishment and acted after hearing the commotion.
Officers of the Northern Division Task Force took the suspect to the Arouca Police Station.
While interviewing the suspect, it was discovered that he attempted to hide the firearm used in the robbery, a Smith and Wesson Springfield 380 containing a magazine with four rounds of .380 ammunition, between the left rear passenger seat and the inner left rear fender upholstery of the police vehicle.