By Rabindra Rooplall
Two armed bandits on a CG motorcycle were severely beaten leaving one dead, following a failed robbery at La Bonne Intention (LBI) Estate Road, East Coast Demerara yesterday.
After a severe thrashing by residents in the area, the robbers were dragged and dashed into a police pick-up before being taken to the Georgetown Hospital, where one remain under guard.
Dead is 28- year-old Trillon Munroe of Cummings Lodge. At the scene of the incident, police recovered an identification card which labeled the other bandit, Kevin David, 26, as a soldier of the Guyana Defence Force, which only irked LBI residents further.
“This man is a soldier for real! They are supposed to protect and serve and they robbing citizens instead!” one man declared.
Another resident stated “They should be treated worse than animals, they lucky the police come in time, because these men were armed and were not afraid to injure or hurt people, and residents should have gotten a proper opportunity to beat them senseless. Thieves should not be spared!”
According to Police, at about 13:30h, 37-year-old Jasadai Persaud was at her home at Cherry Field, LBI, when two men rode up on a motor cycle, one of whom was armed with a firearm, and held her up.
The men robbed her of a bag with cash that had been withdrawn earlier in the day from a city bank. As the men left the premises they were confronted by the victim’s husband, who retreated after a shot was discharged in his direction. The perpetrators fled the scene on the motor cycle, but were pursued by a relative of the victim in a motor car, during which the perpetrators lost control of the motor cycle and fell. An unlicenced .32 revolver with 4 rounds and a spent shell, along with a quantity of the stolen cash have been recovered by the police.
One of the victims’ relatives who is a businessman explained what occurred.
“We went at the bank and draw some money for my brother who is building his house. When we reach home I drop my brother wife in the yard. Then me and my brother coming out and we see the CG bike coming fast, so meh seh bai this thing ain’t looking nice because we know the history with CG bikes and bandits. Eventually we reverse back in the street then we hear a gunshot,” the victim’s brother lamented. “Then when we look and we see a tall man run in the yard with a gun and scramble the bag of money from my sister-in-law, he then tell the other bandit, ‘look one of dem deh, shoot that man’. He fired a shot but it didn’t knock me, then my brother continue driving the vehicle to trace them.”
He continued “Meh nah know how he get into contact with them but my brother managed to catch up with the bandits on the motorcycle and knock them down while they were trying to get away. The bag with the money pitch one side and a gun from one of the bandits pitch another side.”
Residents in the area disclosed that both bandits were armed and one of them threw his gun into a nearby canal after realizing a crowd was gathering around the area to confront them. The bandits were then given a sound thrashing. The motorcycle they used to commit the crime was taken to the Beterverwagting Police Station while the car that was used to ram the escaping bandits was also lodged at the same station. The driver is assisting police with investigations. Police recovered the booty and one of two handguns from the crime scenes while a search of a nearby canal did not recover any other weapon.
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