Dec 14, 2015 News
(By Mondale Smith)
A Stevedore Housing Scheme man can now use the soubriquet “one eye bandit” after his left eye was shot out by the police following a robbery committed on a Guyana Revenue Authority Official that went horribly wrong at Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara yesterday.
The 21-year old man was also wounded in his left shoulder after he and an accomplice were confronted by an alert party of policemen. His accomplice managed to escape.
The police report is that at about 03:00hrs yesterday Cheryl Embrack, 50, of Lot 812 Block Y, Golden Grove Housing Scheme, EBD, was entering her home when she was attacked by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The men took her upstairs into the house and took away a stereo set and a cell phone.
While the robbery was in progress, neighbouring residents informed the police who responded and encountered the perpetrators as they were leaving the scene. The police reportedly came under fire and returned fire during which one of the men was shot and injured and an unlicenced .32 pistol with 10 matching rounds was recovered.
According to a source, police also retrieved a cellular phone from the shot man’s pocket which turned out to be the victim’s property.
The injured man has been identified as Dondre Forde, 21, of Lot 3414 Stevedore Housing Scheme, who is now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation under guard.
When this publication visited the woman’s home it was locked tight and the gate was padlocked. However, a neighbour told this publication that Cheryl Embrack, a GRA employee, resides at the address with her husband Arthur Bynoe, who is in the interior at present.
The neighbour recalled that Embrack arrived at home at about 03:30 hours and the dogs started barking.
“We as neighbours see two men in the yard with she and we started to phone one another. One had a gun and dem had on gloves.”
The neighbor said the men took the woman upstairs. “Lil after me see dem walk round then bring her down. One jump she fence and leave with three big bags while the other bandit stayed behind and carry the woman back upstairs.”
Reports are that as the one was making his escape, he spotted the police light coming in his direction, and he dropped the bags and ran away.
The other bandit, who had remained with Embrack, also saw the approaching police vehicle lights and ran into the woman’s house.
“The police arrived and he open the side door while the police jump over in the yard and he start fire shots…like seven shots fire off. Then me hear the police seh “he deh pun de ground” and the police hoist he down the steps and drive away with he.”
One witness said that the police’s response was very quick while the robbery was in progress.
The witness said that the police came under fire from one of the escaping bandits.
“He had on a hood with a red rag tied around his face and was licking shots from the landing and the police had to use special manoeuver to get in the yard and he tried to fire some more shots and he black gun fell out he hand and the police run and grab he while he was holding on to he face and hollering from the shot in he eye.”
Another neighbour opined that, “It was as if the gunman wanted to kill the police or he had a death wish how he been shooting from the time the police arrived.”
“This bannaz engaged five ranks, three of them armed, and the police had to duck and fire back and he get hit in he left eye and left shoulder.”
Another neighbour said the Police did a great job because it could have been worse.
“Dem so brave that dem ain’t only rob the lady but if the police didn’t come, that one who get shoot might’a rape the woman and even kill she… Thank God the police come.”
At sun up, the bags containing the woman’s appliances were found by residents of the community further up Cowpen Street. However there was no jewellery in the bags.
At the hospital Onika Marks, the shot bandit’s aunt, said “Dondre was in the bush but came out eight months ago and moved out to go live with a girl on the East Bank. We ain’t see he for couple months so we seh he in the bush. He used to check on he two lil brothers but he ain’t come for a while. Like about 7 o’clock, he girl Kiesha call me son phone saying that she hear he get shoot. And when we come down here he was already in the Accident and Emergency room. He never had any big trouble with the police before just lil days lock up for loitering.”
He most likely will be spending more than a few days in custody this time.
The police investigations are continuing.
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