(CNS): An unarmed police officer in pursuit of burglary suspects was threatened by one of the men as they fled the scene early Tuesday morning. Police said that the officer went to the hospital in George Town following a report to 911 that a burglary was in progress there at around 4:30am. Two men dressed in dark clothes had been spotted at the rear of the hospital and when the uniformed officer arrived, he saw one man dressed in a black, long-sleeved hoodie with his head covered, wearing what appeared to be blue jeans. The man ran towards Smith Road through the hospital parking lot, and the officer ran after him.
During the chase across the parking lot, the suspect swung a heavy metal object at the officer and as he reached for his waistband he threatened to shoot the officer, who was not armed. The officer then slowed his pursuit but saw the man escape over the fence of a residence near the hospital.
It was discovered that the Patient Financial Services Department had been broken into but police said that the burglars appear to have been disturbed and nothing was taken.
Hospital officials also confirmed that the department was closed Tuesday and patients needing assistance with insurance cover or claims should contact the hospital’s main line 949-8600. The office was scheduled to re-open Wednesday at 8:30am.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call George Town CID at 936-7512. Anonymous tips can be provided via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online here.