Police conduct ‘diligent investigations’ into Sheriff Street incident

Guyana Chronicle
April 2, 2007

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Following the widely publicised incident which occurred on Monday, March 26, 2007, at 02:40h. on Sheriff Street , Police conducted diligent investigations and took several statements from victims, a Police press release said yesterday.

So far, investigations have revealed that two men and three women of Amerindian descent, all residing in the city, alleged that they had consumed alcohol at the Sheriff Night Spot and whilst leaving, water was spilled on the shoes of a young man. This resulted in an altercation.

They then joined a taxi when they were pounced upon by a group of about ten men, one of them armed with a handgun and two others with knives.

The men assaulted them and during the incident, Glen Williams was cut on his face. One female Amerindian was robbed of a gold chain, a silver chain and two earrings. Another woman was robbed of $6,000.00 dollars and the wounded male was robbed of $100,000.00.

The men also indecently assaulted the men and women. During the robbery the men pushed their hands into their crotches, apparently searching for more money, and the underwear of one of the women was torn.

The victims then joined another taxi, drove from the scene and made a report at the Kitty Police Station after which, they left for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where they were treated and sent away.

Medical reports were also issued.

Efforts to contact the perpetrators, several of whom could be identified, have proved futile.

Over the last month, several raids have been carried out on Sheriff Street and persons found loitering and with offensive weapons were charged and placed before the Courts.

As recent as Saturday March 30 last, raids were carried out and eight persons were arrested.

There is at least one dedicated patrol on Sheriff Street and several other sporadic patrols as the police have intensified their presence in the area.

On the night in question, there was a patrol on Sheriff Street but the incident under focus occurred rather quickly and the patrol was not made aware until some time after.

The Police are calling on any such person who witnessed the incident and knows the whereabouts of any of the perpetrators to kindly contact them on telephone numbers:- 911, 225-6411, 227-1149, 226-6978, 225-3650, 226-7065 or 226-2417.