AK-47 bandits beat, rob East Canje family
- brave victim tracks down perpetrators
Four unmasked bandits armed with an AK 47 rifle, a shotgun and two long knives on Saturday robbed a Cumberland, East Canje resident and his wife of cash and Jewelry amounting to over $4M.
The men have since been captured and are in custody along with the two getaway taxis and the drivers.
According to information, at around 19:00 hrs on Saturday, Chris Persaud, 32, a taxi driver and barber (operates a barber shop from his home) of 26 Public Road Cumberland and his wife along with his eight year old daughter were at home when the attack occurred.
The man was about to close up his barber shop when four men barged into his yard and started to beat him and his wife mercilessly, all the while demanding cash and jewelry.
During the ordeal, which lasted for about 20 minutes, the couple suffered injuries to various parts of their bodies, including lacerations to their backs and heads.
They were dragged into the lower flat of the house where the beating continued. They were then taken upstairs where the house was ransacked after which, the men escaped with an estimated $4M in cash and jewelry through the backyard.
This newspaper learnt that during the robbery, lights were on and several residents were on the road.
But they could only stand and watch as the robbery was unfolding and no one dared to go to the couple’s rescue.
Police were summoned and according to information took some time before they arrived.
It was Persaud’s heroics that led to the men being tracked down and captured in a house at Edinburgh, East Bank Berbice.
The man stated that after he was robbed, he boarded his car and headed on the road and observed a strange car circling the area.
The car then disappeared and returned to the Palmyra area. A close scrutiny of the car revealed four men entering and the vehicle headed towards New Amsterdam. Some of the men had haversacks on their backs.
The vehicle stopped in Stanleytown where the four men got out and boarded a second car which headed towards the East Bank of Berbice. The car stopped at a house at Edinburgh where the men got off.
Police were informed and quickly descended on the house at Edinburgh where the four men were caught inside having fun and using drugs.
They were captured and taken into custody. The police acting on further information swooped down on the getaway cars and arrested the drivers.
It is understood that one of the cars, PPP 3149 was rented from a car rental agency in Berbice, while the hire car HB 8647 is said to operate in the Corentyne area.
Two of the bandits are said to be from Edinburgh, one from Albion, Corentyne and one from The East Canje area.
It is also understood that the two drivers hail from Corentyne, one from Fyrish and the other from Albion.
The house in which the suspected bandits were found was well furnished and police recovered a quantity of articles which are said to be stolen.
Investigations are continuing and persons who were robbed are expected to identify items stolen, charges are likely shortly.