Armed robbery victim tells story

Armed robbery victim tells story

A quiet evening picking “fat pokes (or pork)” – a local fruit – on Sandy Beach, Vieux Fort and ‘catching up’ with a best friend is nothing new for a young woman.

But on Wednesday evening, May 14, that peaceful moment was disturbed abruptly when the young woman and her best friend – a male – were robbed at gunpoint by two “nervous” young hoodlums.

The woman, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Saint. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview that spending time on Sandy Beach is a hobby.

“I was by the beach about 5:15 p.m. I usually go there to pick fat pokes since I love them. I usually go there with my best friend where we walk all around and we would sit there and chat,” she said.

“When we were going to pick the fruits, I saw these two young guys passing like all the others. I always pay attention to my surroundings so I took a good look at them as they studied the jeep, so I told my friend to go and lock the jeep and get the keys out which he did,” she explained.

“We picked to our hearts content because I enjoy picking. Other vehicles came and did the same, stayed there and left. We usually talk because he is my mentor and he helps with my assignments and all. We were there talking [in the vehicle], facing the Fort,” she said.

About an hour later, the tranquility was broken with the voice of a young man.

“I just heard ‘give me your money. Hurry up, pass it,’” she told SNO.

The robbery was underway.

“One went to the driver’s side and the other on my side. I told him I know that the gun is fake and I know him. I tried opening the door to knock him so I could get out. I know if I was let out I could have attacked him.  They were not big,” she noted.

The victim said the gun appeared to be a toy, but they still complied with the demands of the robbers – albeit with some hesitance.

“And I looked into the gun and saw it was empty. I could have seen a light through it. I have an interest in guns so I studied it before. It was empty. And even when the other guy said shoot and he cranked it I knew (it was fake or empty). I told him I knew and I tried opening the door.

“They took my friend’s cash (about $300) and my phone it. It was 6:25 (p.m.). I knew for sure because I took my phone to call my uncle.”

The victim described the incident as “surreal”. Luckily, the couple was not harmed.

She suspected that the robbers were watching them since they arrived on the beach.

“It was just so surreal. I am sure it’s the same guys because the guy who was near me seemed nervous and when I told him I know him, his hands shook. They looked (ages) 17-20 – no older. I am sure.

“I saw the way they looked at the vehicle. They must have planned and came back. There was a guy looking at us right after it was done from his hut not too far away. And as they ran though the plantation, they parted ways, and one ran through the fat poke field and the other went passed another house right through the same field,” she disclosed.

The woman said it was her first time getting robbed. She said Sandy Beach is normally peaceful.

“I have never been robbed. That’s the only place, beach I go just for the fat poke, and take lots of pics with my phone since I’m a nature lover,” she noted.

The whole incident affected her appetite that night.

“I picked the fat pokes and I didn’t eat them. When I got home I left them at the garage,” she said.

Police confirmed the incident and told SNO that on that same day, three other robberies were reported in the south district. A medical student was one of the victims. He sustained a chop wound to one of his legs.

Police theorise that the robberies may have been committed by the same group of persons.

Robberies have taken place over the past few days in Laborie, Micoud and Vieux Fort. There were four armed robberies in Micoud on Saturday, May 10, police said.

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  1. these two boys passed a few mins before and the gun is a spin barrel i could have seen though it. this is how i knew and i know if i was able to get out he would get it i told him so too .i also told him that i knew him the same time he double checked his face to see if it was still covered. I will see him 100 days from today and i will identify him . don't judge unless u are in a position to .

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  2. These individuals should be caught and get off the streets. Get them off the streets.

    Let's get our St Lucia back!!

    CITIZENS SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE FREE AND SAFE IN THEIR COUNTRY. Get them off the streets and behind bars!!

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  3. I hope the police gets hold of these individuals. Let's get our St. Lucia back from the hands of these criminals. They need to be behind bars, take them off the streets.

    A CRIME IS A CRIME. CITIZENS should be able to live free and safe in their own country!!!

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  4. If that level of crime is happening now in the out districts it suggestion that the street camera installation need to be Island wide. The citizenry must now full but legal action on criminals be it man or woman.

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  5. Brave girl. Which of you making these nrgative comments would be as brave as her ?

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  6. Maciay people keep you all kook. You all turn might come. She said the gun was empty. But in a situation like that you dont know what other wespons they have.

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  7. OMG!!!! hear my people lament on who can´t spell, the woman want fame, who study guns, who let boys rob them etc., etc., etc. My useless fool hardly Lucians u have to be in the situation to know it. U mean we that gone?. What happened to empathy? look an elderly woman was violated with a stick this morning by thugs. GOSH MUN!

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  8. the Hippocratic character we find sometimes among our selves and people of our we ever categorize crime and its a shame and what is more of a shame is individuals who sometimes know of these individuals and say nothing about it.when it hits home they cry n complain. its is a shave to our leaders and prosecutors for not dealing with these guys with harsher punishment so by the time they think of doing it twice the next time they come out of jail their lives are practically over ... we need to update our laws

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  9. ew you got your share from that incident? you must have gotten the phone "ew" suits you well only an "ew" would make such comments

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    • smh no i didnt get any share from the incident and no i didnt get the phone and what is wrong with my comment. in case you didnt understand what i was trying to say is if you can notice the gun was fake and you study guns soo much you can realize that it was empty and other stuff then how and why she make them lil boys take her for papisho she should have given them their business and maybe you are right maybe the comment was a bit harsh i apologize but i was so mad that she realized all those things about the gun and she still made them rob her.

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  10. AAAAAAAAA WHAT DAT GIRL WANT A FEW MINUTES OF FAME!!WE HAVE REAL ISSUES HAPPENING IN LUCIA AND YOU COMING UP WITH DAT CRAP !!!

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    • i wonder what you class as "wanting few mins of fame" and crime cause that comment rather dumb to me. people robbed at gun point and yo think of it as wanting fame. who is crazy enough to put themselves in a position to such danger ? very dumb statement i must say

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    • "OYE" what real issues isn't crime one of the main issues we face here today? you suck!!!

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  11. Ew, instead of telling the young woman that, go and learn how to spell. 'nonsense'. So you hold your ARSE!!!!

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    • lol yea what ever man people like yall always want to bypass the point of something just to ridicule others like as if you never had a typo and so perfect

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      • would you comment such if it was your sister, woman, man, child, cousin,or someone in close relation to you? i am sure the victim reading this about you wouldn't say such. she was telling on how it happened her name not mentioned so where is the fame? i think you were being very heartless with your comment
        who does that?

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  12. wow i leave in micoud and i have not heard of any armed robberies. Thank u SNO for keeping us informed

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    • awa man is not abt being a thief or a criminal the point i was trying to make was that how can the lady say she know the gun was empty right and yet still she let the fellas do that to you that a make sence if the gun is empty she should have made a move so its like she wasn't sure the gun was empty

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  13. hold your ass eh woman you know the gun was empty you study guns my foot and you let them lil boys do you that choopssssssssssssss. nonsence

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