Hunt for bandit continues

Stabroek News
April 18, 2000

Police are continuing their hunt for one of the bandits who on Friday shot a taxi driver during a botched attempt to rob a city businesswoman.

When contacted, yesterday, Police Public Relations Officer, Senior Superintendent Ivelaw Whittaker, confirmed that so far three persons are in police custody. One bandit who managed to escape is still at large.

Maimoon Ali, manageress of Yuppies Depot, High Street, was on her way to Citizens Bank on Friday afternoon, when at the stop light at Brickdam and Camp Street, two men suddenly entered the car and ordered Righbert Boatswain, the taxi driver to "shut-up and drive." Instead, Boatswain swung the car west into Brickdam and headed towards the police station. The man in the back seat fought in vain to relieve the businesswoman of her handbag.

Speaking with Stabroek News yesterday from his Georgetown Public Hospital bed, Boatswain said that they were nearing the Brickdam Police Station when the man in the front seat shot him in the chest after he refused to stop the car.

The taxi driver, said that he continued driving and turned sharply into the entrance of the station when another shot was fired. He said he stumbled out of the car and the bandits quickly exited the taxi and ran off.

A relative of Boatswain told this newspaper that the bullet was still lodged near his ribs.

Two men, one of them believed to be the mastermind of the attempted robbery, were picked up shortly after the incident and are assisting police in their investigations.

This newspaper understands that Ali and her husband have visited the injured man in the hospital and promised to assist him.