Gunmen rob Western Union in St Ann, use woman as human shield in escape bid
ST ANN, Jamaica – Gunmen temporarily abducted a woman following a robbery at a Western Union outlet in Salem, Runaway Bay, St Ann on Wednesday afternoon.
The woman was used by the gunmen as a human shield to help in their escape, the police said. The sum of money taken has not yet been determined, Observer Online understands.
Information reaching our newsroom is that around 12:35 pm, two men wearing masks entered the store, and one brandished a firearm and pointed it at the cashier and demanded money.
The other man, police said, used a hammer to break the glass shield at the cashier counter. The men then left with an undetermined sum of cash.
Before leaving, the men took a female and used her as a shield to get away from the outlet. She was released by the gunmen a short distance from the scene. It is unclear whether the woman was an employee of the establishment, a customer or just a passer-by.
The Runaway Bay police have since been conducting investigations and are searching for the gunmen.