Girl, 16, held for carjacking
…calls victim for another attack
Police have detained a 16-year-old girl who is believed to be a member of a carjacking gang operating in the city.
The teen, who hails from an East Bank Demerara community, was detained around 11:00hrs yesterday near Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara, after a taxi driver identified her as one of two young women who had assisted two men in robbing him two weeks ago.
It is alleged that the carjackers had forced the driver into the trunk of his car in Kitty. They later abandoned the vehicle on the East Coast Demerara with the driver bound and still locked in the trunk. His pounding attracted a passerby and he was freed.
Early yesterday, the same driver received a telephone call to pick up a young woman at 65 Friendship, East Bank Demerara. He responded. He saw a woman with her face partly covered coming out of the house. There was no initial recognition.
But when the woman got into the car the driver recognised her as one of the persons who had abducted him earlier this month. His fears were confirmed when he overheard a cell phone conversation that was placed to another female.
The driver immediately ordered the young woman out of his car. He then returned to the house and called the police while he remained parked outside.
The woman had made the mistake of calling the victim, causing observers to say that lightning does not strike twice in the same place.
The police took the girl into custody at the Providence Station.
The teen reportedly denied the allegation, but was taken to the Alberttown Police Station for further questioning.
Carjackers have habitually used attractive young women to lure taxi drivers to secluded areas.
The male members of one such gang were killed by police some years ago.
A number of taxi drivers were also robbed about three years ago by a woman who was armed with an ice pick.