Armed ban­dit at­tacks daugh­ter of ret’d ACP, shoots her su­per­vi­sor

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

A sin­gle mother, who has been iden­ti­fied as the daugh­ter of re­tired As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (ACP), Ge­orge Vy­phuis, is now in a trau­ma­tized state af­ter she was at­tacked dur­ing the wee hours of Tues­day morn­ing by an armed and masked ban­dit in front of her Plan­ta­tion Prov­i­dence, East Bank De­mer­ara home.

Kathy Vy­phuis was in tears while de­scrib­ing her hor­ri­fy­ing en­counter, and con­stantly prais­ing her neigh­bour, Ni­cole Telford for com­ing to her “res­cue.”

Ac­cord­ing to the sin­gle par­ent, she fin­ished work­ing at around 02:00hrs, and was given a drop home by her su­per­vi­sor- iden­ti­fied only as Tommy Lee.

She re­called that as soon as the mo­tor­car pulled up in front of her flat con­crete home, she no­ticed a masked man ap­proach her su­per­vi­sor in the driver’s seat, hold­ing a gun.

Vy­phuis re­called that she quickly scram­bled out of the ve­hi­cle af­ter hear­ing the ban­dit or­der­ing “Tommy Lee” not to move.

The su­per­vi­sor then ac­cel­er­ated and man­aged to flee in his mo­tor car, but not be­fore be­ing shot once to his hand. The bul­let re­port­edly went through his hand and punc­tured his leg.

The ban­dit then turned on Vy­phuis who was at­tempt­ing to flee on foot, but in­stead stum­bled and lost her foot-

Kathy Vy­phuis

ing, crash­ing into a nearby gut­ter.

“I was cry­ing and throw­ing my bag at him and telling him I don’t have any­thing. Let him take my bag. I was beg­ging for my life,” she said.

At that point, the per­pe­tra­tor re­port­edly picked up the woman’s hand­bag and hopped onto his bi­cy­cle, leav­ing the scene.

The sob­bing woman be­gan run­ning to­wards her neigh­bours’ doors, shout­ing for help but was met with no one open­ing their doors for her, ex­cept for her “life saver” Ni­cole Telford.

“I called for help and no­body open the door ex­cept for Ms Telford. She opened her door and asked if any­one was with me, and I said no. She tell me walk and come slowly and mek sure no one was fol­low­ing me.”

It was only af­ter Vy­phuis reached the safety of Telford’s home that she re­al­ized she was cov­ered in mud and blood, af­ter re­port­edly be­ing shot once to her hand. She how­ever, could not re­call when she was hit.

The two women sought to con­tact the po­lice as well as Vy­phuis’ fa­ther.

Shortly af­ter, a man iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as an­other neigh­bour came knock­ing on Telford’s door, re­quest­ing that the women open up.

Telford said ” he kept bang­ing on the door and say­ing that he was a neigh­bour and we ask­ing he which neigh­bour, iden­tify your­self and he kept say­ing some neigh­bour from down the road with a yel­low car and we said we don’t know any­one like that.”

“He telling me to come for my bag and is not me he wanted and we refuse to open the door and start scream­ing hard.”

The man sub­se­quently went away, and al­most an hour later, the po­lice ar­rived at the scene in­form­ing Vy­phuis that the direc­tions which were given by her-in a dis­traught state- were hard to fol­low.

The sin­gle mother was then treated at the Di­a­mond Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­tre.

She said she later learnt that her su­per­vi­sor is in a crit­i­cal state at the Ge­orge­town Public Hospi­tal.

“They say he pres­sure high and they can’t op­er­ate on he and so. I’m so sorry. I’m so wor­ried. Is the first time he drop me home and look what hap­pen. I hope noth­ing hap­pen to he,” she said in tears.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

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