Ernest Billary, a 20- year-old manual labourer of Hibiscus Street in southside Belize City, was captured by a community-minded citizen who interrupted Billary’s attempt to rob the popular Señor Coconut Restaurant on Eve Street around 2:00 last Friday afternoon, July 20.
Billary was remanded into custody after he was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on charges of armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Billary and an accomplice, armed with a handgun, had entered the popular eatery on Eve Street and demanded money as they held a gun to the head of one of three women inside.
A waitress had run out into the street, sounding an alarm that the place was being robbed.
The hero who saved the day was having a conversation with someone in the beauty salon next door, but cautiously approached the front door of the restaurant and saw the situation inside.
This hero who shall remain anonymous later told The Reporter, “I fired a shot in the air from my licensed firearm. One of them fired back through the glass.”
The two robbers had no stomach for gun battle and bolted from the building without taking anything. Billary’s accomplice raced down Eve Street and escaped into Mortuary Lane, but not before our hero of the hour shot him in the leg.
The concerned citizen then pursued Billary in his car to the corner of Petticoat Alley and North Front Street.
There Billary tried to take away the gun from a police officer who was trying to arrest him.
“In the end, I had to, again, use my gun to assist the police in arresting him. I held him at gunpoint until other police officers arrived,” the concerned citizen said.
Billary’s wounded accomplice has not been identified.
Neighbours say some men came in a red car and took him away.
Police are confident, however, that they will track him down and he will face similar charges.