The owner and employees of Quaker’s Sports Club got a scare when the establishment was robbed by a masked gunman in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Proprietor of the bar which has been in operation for 40 years, Michael Alleyne, and eight of his staff were cleaning the Carrington Village, St Michael hang out spot when they were held up. The incident occurred just hours after the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) hosted a shop lime for its St Michael South Central candidate Marsha Caddle who was canvasing that weekend.
“There was three girls, and the four of us [were] just here talking and thing . . . Everything was finished and we were cleaning up. We were waiting for the karaoke guy to leave and this guy rushed in the same time with a gun and hold up for the cash,” Alleyne told Barbados TODAY.
He said the gunman had approached the bartender who was in charge of the cash register and demanded the night’s takings as well as his wallet.
Alleyne suggested the crime was orchestrated by someone who was monitoring the shop lime, which ended around 2 a.m.
“I believe . . . somebody saw what was going on and what funds were spending and then came back when things were closed off,” he said.
The bar owner and his employers came out of that ordeal not physically hurt, although traumatized, but Alleyne said almost $6,000 was taken.
As a result of the incident, he said he would be installing a security system and would hire private security for any future parties or events.
When contacted, Caddle had little to say about the incident, stressing that it did not happen when the BLP team was present.
Police investigations are continuing as the assailant has not yet been unidentified.