Two members of a Yakusari, Black Bush Polder, Berbice family, returning from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, chose the wrong location and time to stop to relieve themselves early yesterday morning. They were attacked and robbed by three gun-toting bandits who left them stranded on the Mahaicony Public Road until day clean.
Vijay Ayana, accompanied by his cousin- in- law Chetram Gobin had gone to collect his wife Lalita, who had returned from St. Maarten.
The journey back home was long and the two men stopped to relieve themselves, while Lalita Ayana slept in the back seat of the car.
“When we reach Mahaicony, they stop the car just before the gas station not far from the police station,” Lalita Ayana told this newspaper.
She said that she was later told by her husband that a car pulled up alongside theirs and three men came out and held the two urinating men at gunpoint. They pushed them to the ground and rummaged through their pockets, taking out all the contents which included cash and other important documents.
The men also relieved Gobin, who is also visiting from overseas, of his gold band and chain, while they took away a gold chain from Vijai Ayana. They then turned their attention to the sleeping Lalita in the car, awaking her with two gun butts to her head.
“They were saying, ‘the bag, give us the bag!’ they fired a shot just above my head and then they grabbed my bag,” Lalita told this newspaper.
In the bag were a little more than US$2100 and all of Lalita’s important documents including her passport, and bank cards.
The men also threw away the keys for their car, rendering them immobile as they made good their escape.
“I cried out for help and some people took me to the police station…the police were crawling (moving very slowly),” Lalita Ayana said.
Obviously, the incident has severely dampened her spirits for the Christmas season. It has also shattered the plans of Chetram Gobin who is scheduled to return to St. Maarten tomorrow (Saturday).
“I wish if they (bandits) could leave the documents somewhere where we could get them back. We don’t care for the money now, all we want are the documents,” Lalita Ayana pleaded.
The incident occurred despite police assurances that incoming early morning flights will be monitored with a view to limiting the chances of visitors for the Christmas season being robbed on their way from the airport.
Early last month, Assistant commissioner in outlining plans for the police A division Christmas policing plans announced that the officer in charge of the Number Four Sub-Division (Timehri), is expected to obtain the itinerary of incoming flights at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and coordinate with other stations along the route from the airport with the aim of protecting visitors who are expected in droves for the holidays.
“We know that these guys (criminals) target the late night flights and try to rob people when they come down to Georgetown. Now if we have it locked from the airport to the city, what we find is happening, is that they follow the incoming passengers to other areas on the East Coast (Demerara), and West Demerara to rob them,” Josiah had told a gathering at the Police Officers’ Mess.
He had added that there will be snap roadblocks to augment the other plans to protect the incoming visitors.
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