By Rabindra Rooplall
Three gunshots rang out disturbing the eerie silence at 11:05 hrs Friday night, after two armed bandits attacked a business woman in her yard at 272 Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and carted off and undisclosed sum of cash.
According to a police source, one of the robbers who is in his late teens, was arrested at a house in the area shortly after and is in police custody.
The businesswoman, Donna Fordyce, was traumatized at the time this newspaper visited the home and was unable to say what had transpired.
According to her husband, Liston Fordyce, he was at home awaiting the arrival of his wife who transacts business in Plaisance, a neighbouring village. While waiting, he heard his wife’s screams after she drove her vehicle into the yard.
“When I do decide to open the window I see two men, one with a cutlass and one with a gun. “ When I holler and say I gon call dey police they fire three shots, one hit the Tundra and the other two? I don’t know where they fly and go.”
The peeved Fordyce who is also a businessman said that the two young bandits then disappeared into the area on foot. He said that the police responded promptly after a call was made, and they took statements from himself and his wife.
Fordyce explained that this is the third time that they have been targeted by bandits, and he had applied umpteen times for a firearm license and had not got any response from the relevant authorities. “I would like if the Minister to help me….I need to protect my business and family.”
He said that it appeared as if the bandits knew his wife’s routine and were waiting at the corner for her arrival. However, they were unaware of his presence at home.
“If the bullet had hit me, what would have happened then? “My wife is traumatized and is afraid to sleep in the house.”
According to residents in the area the police visited the scene and fired gunshots indiscriminately without any apparent reason, since the bandits had disappeared from the area.
Another resident said she thought that it was boys playing with squibs when she heard the first set of gunshots and saw the two young men running from the scene of their attack.
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