Two cash couriers killed

  • 2005-08-24
  • By TBT staff
Two cash couriers responsible for delivering commercial money were shot and killed in the Riga suburb of Purvciems on Aug. 18 by an unidentified assailant. The assailant robbed the victims, who had just left a casino, of some 3,000 lats (4,285 euros).

Police are suggesting that, due to the relatively small some of cash, narcotics could be a likely motive. The attacker may have expected the two men to be carrying more money, officials said.

The two men killed were aged 47 and 34. The victims were reportedly shot around 2:00 p.m. while loading a briefcase into the trunk of their car. Neither of the men were wearing bullet-proof vests, nor were they licensed as cash carriers.

"Most likely, the assailant was waiting for the two cash couriers and knew when they were supposed to come out of the building," Riga Criminal Police Chief Ints Kuzis told the Leta agency.

The assailant fired four shots at the men, killing them instantly and then fleeing by foot. Police reported that he may have had a car waiting.

Minutes after the crime, law enforcers set up roadblocks to apprehend the suspect, however their efforts were in vain.

This type of murder hasn't been seen in Latvia since the 1990s, according to Kuzis.

A sketch of the alleged assailant has been released; he is described as a tall man between the age of 20 and 25, wearing a light colored t-shirt, and dark pants.