A late afternoon robbery was executed at Dings Supermarket in Jennings on Saturday as armed men made off with an undisclosed sum of money, a licensed firearm from the owner, and allegedly deprived customers of their bags, cash and other personal possessions.
Inspector Frankie Thomas, police public relations officer, said that around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday a silver pick-up truck with three occupants pulled into the parking lot of the supermarket.
Inspector Thomas told OBSERVER media that two armed men got out of the vehicle and went into the supermarket, their faces were covered.
The business, located in the South Mall in Jennings, is one of the main shopping spots for people living in that part of the island.
It is owned by a Chinese couple who also operates another branch located on High Street in St. John’s.
One of the owners, who did not wish to be named out of fear of becoming targeted again, recalled that he was outside at the front door of the supermarket when the heavily tinted pickup pulled up in front of him.
The 35-year-old businessman said: “One of the guys pinned me down and pointed a gun at my head while his colleague used his hands to hold my legs. The third person ran into the supermarket. I did not move because I did not want to die.”
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