Bandits tie up businessman and family
- abandon stolen car at roadblock
Quick action by the police led to the recovery of a Toyota Carina AT 212 motor car which was stolen by two bandits during a daring robbery at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara, early yesterday morning.
The car was recovered all the way in the city, after the bandits abandoned it during a chase by the police.
According to the police, two masked bandits tied up the general manager of Roraima Financial Services, Kenneth Hazelwood, and his family, relieving them of cash and jewellery, as armed robbery resumed for the new year on the East Coast of Demerara.
The incident occurred at about 02:00 hours.
Investigations revealed that Kenneth Hazelwood was in the upper flat of his home when he was aroused by a noise coming from his kitchen.
Upon checking, Hazelwood was confronted by two men who had broken and entered the house through a window on the lower flat.
One of the men was armed with a gun, while the other carried a knife.
Hazelwood was held at gunpoint, while his wife and three children were rudely awakened. They were all placed in a room, after Hazelwood and his wife were tied up.
The perpetrators then ransacked the house, taking away $14,000, a quantity of jewellery and the family’s motor car before escaping.
The bandits’ getaway was perfect until they came upon a police roadblock on the East Bank of Demerara.
The alert ranks observed the car turning back from a police roadblock about an hour and a half after the robbery, and they pursued the vehicle.
However, the two occupants managed to exit the vehicle while it was in motion and escaped into the West Ruimveldt area.
The vehicle was recovered intact.