Armed gang robs Lusignan family, assaults women
March 21, 2004
A GANG of about 15 armed men on Friday night attacked and robbed a family at their home on the Lusignan Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara. Family members were looking at television when the bandits struck.
According to reports, the bandits carted off an undisclosed sum of cash and jewellery, and indecently assaulted two female occupants.
The reports said that at about 22:00 hrs, a 45-year-old vendor of Mon Repos market was with her family looking at television when four of the men entered the home through an open door and demanded she hand over the cash and jewellery.
The police said that the other men remained outside while the four began to terrorise the victims. The two females were then indecently assaulted by the gunmen.
The men escaped before the Police arrived on the scene.
Meanwhile, residents of Beterverwagting and Triumph villages, also on the East Coast Demerara, who have been victims of recent robberies, met with Commander of ‘C’ Division, Mr. Edward Wills, who has since visited the areas.
He told the Chronicle yesterday that the outcome of the meetings was good and residents have declared their willingness to assist the police in forming new policing groups to patrol the villages, especially at nights.
Earlier this month, both villages suffered at the hands of bandits armed with high-powered rifles and handguns. Proprietors as well as customers were relieved of their possessions which included cash, gold jewellery and cell phones.
The Commander is to hold another meeting with the residents tomorrow. That meeting will pave the way for the formation of a new policing group at Beterverwagting.
Mr. Wills said that the policing group will be backed up by mobile police patrol from ranks during the nights.
“I hope that other villages will follow suit and also form policing groups,” he said, adding that the Guyana Police Force will continue to support policing groups.