By Staff Reporter
Police constable Sophia Ioannou was honoured for her bravery by President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday for her part in capturing an armed robber in Polemidhia in April this year while off duty.
On 3 April on her way home from a duty shift at the local police station, Ioannou spotted the robber holding a gun as he exited a bakery.
The man, a 39-year-old from Greece, had just robbed the bakery at 2.30am using what later proved to be a fake pistol. He made off in a car with the €380 he just stole. Ioannou followed in her vehicle and at the same time called for backup.
At some stage the thief realised he was being followed and tried to escape. His car came to a halt in the Garyllis riverbed and he tried to flee on foot but was caught by other police officers guided to the scene by their colleague.
Anastasiades presented Ioannou with a medal for bravery in going above and beyond the call of duty and for showing courage by following the thief into secluded, deserted area. She also received a promotion to Sergeant.
Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou and Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomos were also a the award ceremony at the palace. Anastasiades said Ioannou’s selfless actions and conscientiousness gave a message of hope for society.