Jun 21, 2016 News
A three-man armed gang wreaked havoc in New Amsterdam early Sunday morning leaving the occupants of three homes traumatized.
At least two suspects have been detained by police officials and are assisting with investigations.
The first incident occurred around 3:45 hrs. Three men, all masked and armed, attempted to break into the home of 67-year-old Ingrid Sookhan at Lot 31 Budhan’s Scheme.
Recalling the events, the woman said she awoke early and sent her nephew to purchase some eggs at the nearby shop. She added that she gave him the keys to unlock the gate.
“I give him de keys to open de gate and he come back and seh ‘Granny de gate open,’ so I seh how da could be cause I does lock it every night.”
She then stated that she came outside and discovered her front gate open and her gate lock was tampered with. “When I come out me gate open and da latch on the gate ben up ben up”.
Ingrid added that it was not the first time the incident occurred. She said that on Friday last, she was up late waiting on her nephew to return home when she heard a strange noise outside.
“I hear like a bucket kick but me ain’t pay no mind to it. Then next I hear somebody turning de door handle so I think was me nephew suh I decide fah call he name and when I call, them run and jump over the fence.”
Another home was also broken into a few doors away. The occupants were not at home at the time of the incident and nothing was recorded stolen.
Moments later, another family who lived a short distance away suffered at the hands of the bandits. Around 4:30 hours Lot 39 Budhan’s Scheme, Teacher, Oliver Ross, his eight-month pregnant wife and eight-year-old daughter were at home when the bandits struck.
Ross speaking to this publication stated that he was awakened by strange noises.
“When I wake up, they already were inside the house. There were three of them; two with guns and one of them with a cutlass. Just one had on mask.”
Mr. Ross further disclosed that the men then demanded cash and jewelry. “They put the guns to we head and seh ‘bring all de money and de gold’. And I tell dem seh we is middle class people striving like everybody else, suh he tell me seh if I ain’t bring it, he gone rape me wife.”
The man further stated that the bandits then dragged his wife by her hair in an attempt to subdue her. “He dragged she by she hair and when I get up and pull she away, one of them fire a shot and I realize that they mean business. They spend like about five minutes searching and ransacking the place then they left.”
Ross stated that upon escaping he tried to take his car but was unsuccessful. He stressed that unavailability of proper roads in the area contributed to the bandits escape.
“We called the police but at the back here don’t have a proper road, they had to stop out where the road end and walk the rest, giving the guys enough time to get away.
Government needs to provide road and light for us here because people’s lives are in danger. These criminals don’t care about nobody life now”.
According to Commander of ‘B’ Division, Assistant Commissioner, Ian Amsterdam, disclosed that the bandits carted off $78,000 and a number of household items.
The Commander disclosed that over the past week, they recorded four robberies in which a firearm was used and seven break and enter cases.
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