Crime — 04 October 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Police in Punta Gorda are conducting an investigation to find the man who held up, robbed and fired shots in a restaurant in the town at about 11:00 Friday night. The gunman also robbed three customers in the restaurant, and got away with $230 and three bottles of rum from the restaurant.

Chinese businessman Kun Hang Zhu of George Price Street, Punta Gorda Town, reported that he was standing behind the counter of Sunshine Restaurant when an armed, masked man entered the establishment, carrying a pistol in his hand, which he pointed at him, and demanded money. The businessman said that he became fearful for his life and handed over $230 cash.

The bandit, without provocation, fired three shots in the restaurant; there were three customers in the restaurant at the time, Zhu said. The gunman then pointed his gun at them and demanded money and their belongings.

Fearing for their lives, the three customers handed over their belongings and some cash. The thief then went behind the counter, and stole three bottles of rum and ran out of the restaurant, escaping in the direction of St. Peter Claver School.

Police have launched an investigation, but the thief has not yet been captured, nor the stolen items recovered.

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