Three ar­rested af­ter No. 19 su­per­mar­ket at­tack

-preg­nant woman among sev­eral beaten by ban­dits

Stabroek News - - FRONT PAGE - By Bebi Oos­man

Three per­sons were ar­rested yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with the armed rob­bery of a Coren­tyne su­per­mar­ket that left the owner, a preg­nant woman and sev­eral res­i­dents all bru­talised.

Su­per­mar­ket owner De­wan Ramdeo, 33, of Lot 37 Num­ber 19 Vil­lage, Coren­tyne, was robbed of $650,000 in cash and $50,000 worth of phone cards in the at­tack, which was car­ried out on Wed­nes­day evening.

One of the three was de­tained for ques­tion­ing on Wed­nes­day evening, while two oth­ers were de­tained yes­ter­day.

The men are from Sa­van­nah Park, New Am­s­ter­dam, and Adel­phi Vil­lage, East Canje, Ber­bice.

Ac­cord­ing to Ramdeo, around 7.30 pm, five masked men, armed with three guns and two cut­lasses, in­vaded his su­per­mar­ket.

He was present with sev­eral cus­tomers at the time. “One in­di­vid­ual come up with a gun and tell we get down, this is a stick up,” he re­counted to Stabroek News.

Ac­cord­ing to the man, his daugh­ter, 16, then at­tempted to es­cape when the men shouted that they would shoot her if she ran. “Them bring in all body and put them to lie down. When you try raise up, them a kick you in you head to put it down,” he added.

Ramdeo noted that he then heard the men en­ter­ing the up­per flat of his house,

where a rel­a­tive, who is five months preg­nant, was sleep­ing. “Two a them went in the shop with we and me na see none a them by the gate but me hear me fam­ily wah deh up­stairs a holla,” he said.

Ramdeo said it was at this point that he de­cided to make a run for it, since he saw no per­pe­tra­tor at the gate. “One a them ap­pear so fast and he try grab­ble me pon my shirt and he pelt the cut­lass and it catch me from me neck, back and me still con­tinue to run and the shirt tear out,” he re­called. “When me reach pon the street, me see me neigh­bour and me tell he thief­man and he take the other street and run out, then one (bandit) start run be­hind he and one run be­hind me. When me reach me back neigh­bour, me tell the lady bring the cut­lass and me run pass she and he (bandit) end up face to face with she and he take way she phone and beat she. But me run through the back and call them boys at the back,” he added.

Ramdeo noted that he re­turned with a few of res­i­dents and he saw one bandit hold­ing one of his neigh­bours to the ground. “When he see abie come, he start holla and tell the rest to get out. One run by the gate and me find one bot­tle and me pelt he in he back and he tell the other one, ‘Them a pelt bot­tle!’ Then one in­side shout and say start shoot and them start shoot but abie run be­hind the truck and hide,” he fur­ther re­lated.

The ban­dits, who had ar­rived on a stolen bi­cy­cle, made good their es­cape on foot. A pair of gloves and a black hat were found near the su­per­mar­ket af­ter res­i­dents searched the sur­round­ing area.

Later, Ramdeo was told by his daugh­ter that af­ter he es­caped, one of the ban­dits took her to the cash reg­is­ter, where he then de­manded money. “When one come down­stairs, he tell them bring the boss now and them say the boss es­cape and he start fight them‘How ayo make the boss es­cape!’—and then them pick up me daugh­ter and pres­sure she for the money,” he said.

Mean­while, Ramdeo’s preg­nant rel­a­tive, Shamwat­tie In­der­jeet, 39, who re­cently re­turned from a va­ca­tion in Amer­ica, ex­plained that she was sleep­ing up­stairs when two ban­dits en­tered. “I just hear one voice say, ‘Ay, get up.’ And I watch and see a young, skinny per­son and he get a green rag on he face and a cut­lass in he hand and when I go to get up he hit me—one cut­lass in my head—and I go run and he hit me again,” she said.

The woman ex­plained that the bandit ripped her clothes and then started to kick and beat her about her body, although she re­peat­edly told him that she was preg­nant and begged for her life. “I ask­ing he why he beat­ing me, ‘What you want?’ Be­cause he never said he is a bandit. He hold me from my hair and drag me back to the room and then start broad­side me and say, ‘Give me all the money! I come for the money!’ And then he take me to the liv­ing room and start beat me with he hand, then he grab the gun from the next one and lash me in my neck back,” In­der­jeet added.

Ac­cord­ing to Ramdeo, at this point the woman said she be­gan to lose con­scious­ness. She said, “My head, all in­side here, soft, soft and he tell me go in the room and give he all the money and the other [one] tell he like me na got any­thing, let he na beat me na more.”

The woman then ran into a room, where she hid. “Them start cuss, say them go kill every­body,” she added.

The men stole US$1,000, GY$15,000, four gold chains worth over $250,000 and three gold rings worth over $50,000, which be­longed to In­der­jeet and her two chil­dren.

The woman’s 19-year-old son sus­tained in­juries to his face af­ter he be­gan to shout when he heard his mother scream­ing.

Ad­di­tion­ally, sev­eral res­i­dents were beaten about their bod­ies and robbed of cell­phones and jew­ellery.

They were all taken to the New Am­s­ter­dam Pub­lic Hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day night. They were treated and dis­charged.

Some of the res­i­dents present on Wed­nes­day evening were later in­volved in a heated ar­gu­ment with a few po­lice of­fi­cers who re­sponded. One res­i­dent noted that they no­ticed a man wear­ing plain clothes in the back of one of the po­lice ve­hi­cles. “We start to ques­tion if that was a bandit or a po­lice and them telling we, ‘move, move,’” a fe­male res­i­dent said yes­ter­day. An ar­gu­ment then en­sued and a res­i­dent was re­port­edly pushed. How­ever, af­ter tem­pers flared, Deputy Com­man­der of ‘B’ Di­vi­sion Wayne De­hearte, who was present, re­port­edly calmed the sit­u­a­tion.

The su­per­mar­ket

Shamwat­tie In­der­jeet shows her wounds

De­wan Ramdeo show­ing his bruises

The ran­sacked su­per­mar­ket

Gloves and hats that the ban­dits wore

De­wan Ramdeo

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