Ryan Sewah, Fruit vendor

A gunman got more than he bargained for after his victim, a roadside vendor, fought back resulting in the bandit shooting himself in the leg. The injured bandit and accomplice ran off, but they, along with a third man, was subsequently arrested by the police. Ryan Sewah who operates a fruit and vegetable stall along Tasker Road, Princes Town had been robbed several times.

So when the three bandits held him up around 4 pm on Tuesday he decided to fight back. In an interview at his stall, Sewah said he was selling to an elderly man when the men came in. They bought a bunch of figs and was inspecting the pineapple as though they wanted to buy it. Having been robbed several times before, he said their actions got him suspicious.

When the elderly man left in his vehicle, one of the men pulled out a gun. “When he will pull out the gun he say give him the money and same time I grab him in a bear hug and two of we was like scrambling and while scrambling the gun went off. I get a chance to run and them fellas end up running. They did not get anything.”

According to a release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the two suspects announced a hold-up and one of them pointed a firearm at Sewah. “The victim grabbed the armed suspect in an attempt to subdue him. A struggle ensued during which a loud explosion was heard. It resulted in the suspect being wounded on his right leg.

The victim ran to safety in some bushes nearby and the suspects escaped on foot.” The release further stated that the two men entered a waiting vehicle on Cedar Hill Estate Road, Princes Town. The police, however, intercepted the vehicle along Cipero Road, Golconda, and arrested three men, all in their twenties. The wounded suspect is warded at San Fernando General Hospital in stable condition. Investigations are continuing

Reporter: Sascha Wilson