The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Mayor of Castries, His Lord­ship Peter­son D. Fran­cis, has show­ered praise on, and given credit to, mem­bers of the pub­lic for the role they played in ap­pre­hend­ing a man who al­legedly at­tacked a vis­i­tor on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

An on­line news out­let re­ported that the male at­tacker was caught by cit­i­zens who gave chase, af­ter an ap­par­ent rob­bery at­tempt on a fe­male vis­i­tor.

The in­ci­dent took place on Jeremie Street near the Castries mar­ket.

Re­count­ing his re­cent 38th An­niver­sary of In­de­pen­dence ad­dress, Mayor Fran­cis called for pa­tri­o­tism and part­ner­ship, as­sert­ing that one can't ex­pect city po­lice of­fi­cers to be in ev­ery nook and cranny of Castries.

Speak­ing to Sun­day's in­ci­dent, the Castries Mayor as­serted it is time that cit­i­zens make a bold state­ment and stop the crim­i­nal el­e­ments in their tracks.

“We un­doubt­edly ap­pre­ci­ate what was done by the group of con­cerned cit­i­zens. We keep ar­tic­u­lat­ing the im­por­tance of tourism to the na­tional econ­omy; we keep mak­ing tremen­dous strides in mar­ket­ing the desti­na­tion, but some hooli­gans do not take those ef­forts into con­sid­er­a­tion. Col­lec­tively, if we en­gage in more cit­i­zens' ar­rests, a lot of the so­ci­etal prob­lems will be a thing of the past. When a civil­ian makes an ar­rest, I feel good. It means that some are pay­ing at­ten­tion”, said Mayor Fran­cis.

In the Crim­i­nal Code of Saint Lu­cia, any na­tional can make a cit­i­zen's ar­rest if they are wit­ness­ing a crime.

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