Detectives get thrashing after botched carjacking
Two detectives who were among a trio who reportedly attempted to hijack a car from a Grove taxi service last evening received the beating of their lives from an angry mob. To compound their woes, they are now likely to face charges.
The two men, said to be attached to the CID headquarters, Eve Leary, were up to late last night at the Diamond Hospital.
Police sources confirmed the incident.
According to reports, two men went to the Platinum Taxi Service, located on the Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, and hired a private car that was reportedly attached to the base.
They indicated that they wanted to go to the city. It was in the vicinity of Prospect, which is located about two miles from Grove, that things seemed to turn nasty.
The men, using expletives, asked the driver whether he had documents to operate the car as a taxi, and it was then that the driver noticed that the two men were armed with knives and appeared menacing.
Believing that he was about to become the victim of a robbery, the driver immediately stopped the car, opened the door and dashed into a street to a place called ‘110’. He alerted a group of men at the corner that he was being robbed.
The two men in the car followed him and identified themselves as policemen, but the group was not buying that. It was reported that during an ensuing melee, the driver was badly wounded by the two cops. One of the policemen was badly beaten also.
Another man who is believed to be an accomplice and who was following in a separate car reportedly stopped to investigate what was going on, and was also badly beaten.
Meanwhile, one of the suspects managed to escape the angry mob, but the night was not his. He ran straight into the home of a policeman who lives in Covent Garden, a neighbouring village.
The two men were handed over to ranks of the Providence Police Station from where, together with their victim, they were taken to the Diamond Hospital.