The newly crowned Chutney Soca Monarch narrowly escaped falling victim to a bandit outside his home after winning the title yesterday morning.

According to reports Persad arrived at his Barataria home just after 4 a.m.-mere minutes after winning the crown and million-dollar prize-only to realise that a friend of his, who had come to his home to celebrate the victory, was approached by a bandit who tried to rob him.

However, the bandit was shot once in the chest by his intended victim.

Up to yesterday the bandit remained warded in a stable condition at hospital.