A number of armed robberies have been keeping residents of the Marchand community, especially Arundel Hill, off the streets in recent times, as many are fearful for their lives.
One resident related his story to St Lucia News Online (SNO) after two armed bandits recently robbed him of all his belongings and threatened his life.
According to Jerry Altenor, two young men in their early 20’s, wearing masks and black hoodies, robbed him and his girlfriend of three cellular phones, an iPad and EC$60 on Wednesday, October 14, at around 11:30 p.m.
“They cover their faces and get on the road and rob anybody they see. They take them at gun point and take everything they have and threaten their lives… As for my situation, we just had to drop everything and run. My girlfriend is pregnant and that is what she had to face,” he told SNO.
Altenor said he had reported the issue to the police and had given them a few leads that may lead to the arrest of the suspected robbers.
“There is this guy that recently moved here and started all this problem. He is the suspect and has been watching how the police patrol the area before he make his attacks,” he alleged.
Altenor said he is hopeful that the robbers will be apprehended and given strict penalties for their crime.
He said a number of other residents have been under the attack of the said bandits, as well as foreigners who from time to time visit the area.
The description of the robbers that attacked Altenor and his girlfriend matches the same that was given to the police by previous victims in the community.
“I am a hard working fella and to see that is that what happening, it’s hard. Working for your things and have to lose it to a bunch of idiots who don’t want to work is crazy,” he told SNO.