Never again, for overseas victim of bandits
Stabroek News
May 1, 2004

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Gunmen raided a home at D'Urban Backlands on Sunday and carted off a quantity of items including stocks from the refrigerator.

The robbery left an overseas-based Guyanese traumatised and vowing never to return. She was here for the Easter holiday and was reportedly making plans to visit next year.

Son, Leroy Johnson told Stabroek News that his mother was leaving on the morning of April 25 when the gunmen attacked. He said that two armed men broke the lock on the back door of the home situated in Century Palm Gardens, D'Urban Backlands and barged in.

He related that the men were masked and carried handguns. The two confronted his mother and other occupants and demanded cash and jewellery.

Johnson said that his 67-year-old mother handed over her US and local currency and a quantity of jewellery out of fear of being injured. The men also grabbed her passport but returned it after she pleaded for it.

The two also cleared the refrigerator and stole a VCR and sneakers before leaving.

The man said that the police were alerted minutes later but failed to show right away. According to him, the police had no vehicle when he placed the call.

Johnson said his mother was impressed with the Easter celebrations and was planning to return next year with his younger siblings.

Now her plans have changed. He added that she was hesitant to visit due to the crime situation but came after he and other siblings persuaded her.