By Constantinos Psillides
A 38-year-old man was remanded in custody for eight days by the Limassol District Court on Monday, in connection with shooting and injuring a restaurateur during an armed robbery.
The 48-year old family man was shot in the left arm on Sunday and rushed to the Limassol GeneralHospital. His wound was not life-threatening.
The 38-year old is accused of holding the man, his wife and 18-year old daughter at gunpoint, and robbing them of the sum of a €1,000.
The suspect denies involvement in the crime.
According to police, two men wearing hoods and brandishing sawed-off hunting shotguns ambushed the restaurant owner and his family outside their home in Ayios Athanasios.
While the family was still inside the vehicle, the two hooded men approached and demanded the money.
The 48-year old initially refused but gave the money away once one of the robbers fired a warning shot in the air.
The warning shot scared the wife who started screaming when the robbers also demanded their car keys.
In the commotion, the 48-year-old couldn’t locate his keys and was shot by one the robbers.
The two robbers drove away in a vehicle that was later found burning in the Yermasoyia area. The vehicle was reported stolen two days ago.
According to Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriadis, the 38-year has a criminal record and found himself repeatedly in the centre of police investigations on similar crimes.
Police said the suspect was “uncooperative”. The search continues for the second robber who is still at large.