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BREAKING NEWS: Suspected bandit not in police custody, not in hospital; witnesses not cooperating

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The suspected bandit

The suspected bandit

The suspected bandit, who was allegedly disarmed and beaten by patrons of a bar/shop during an attempted robbery in Girard, Cacao, Babonneau on Sunday morning, is no longer at Victoria Hospital and he is not in police custody either.

Reports are that the suspect, who was brought to the hospital in serious condition but was later stabilised, was discharged from the hospital yesterday morning (April 19).

In addition, the suspect, even if caught, may not be officially arrested, more so charged because to date there are no statements from the witnesses for the attempted robbery, according to reliable sources.

“It’s not lawful unless you have evidence,” one source said, adding that the witnesses may not be willing to give statements because of their suspected involvement in the beating. Vigilante justice is illegal.

St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that senior officers at the Babonneau Police Station, the arresting station, are very upset at this development.

However, one of the senior cops told SNO that they are confident of finding the suspect.

“We will get him don’t you worry,” the officer said.

A reliable source told SNO that the suspect was officially never in police custody.

“He left the hospital and is on his merry way. Apparently he wasn’t being monitored. He was never under police watch apparently. You can’t escape if you’re never in custody. He’s not at VH (Victoria Hospital) and not in custody so do the math,” the source said.

The source noted that the suspect was “discharged properly” from the hospital.

“There was medically no reason to keep him,” the source added.

According to an ealier report, the Babonneau Police Station was alerted about the incident around 1 a.m. on Sunday and officers proceeded to the scene where they apprehended “one of the assailants”.

Police said the officers observed that the suspect had bruises all over his body and he was transported to hospital.

The suspect was expected to be charged following his release from hospital.

Police has said that they were searching for two other persons suspected to have been involved in the crime.

It is believed that the other two persons were in a car that transported the captured suspect to the business place. The car reportedly drove off after their alleged accomplice was caught.

A relative of the shop owner, who prefered to remain anonymous, had told St. Lucia News Online that the business community has been suffering because of a number of armed robberies.

“We want the public to know because that is not the first time they are coming and rob people in the area,” she said. “Because we have a lady higher up the road, she has a shop. And the lady willing to close her shop because they robbed her once last year and two times for the year already, at gunpoint and with mask.”

Commenting on the incident, the relative added: “So he (the alleged gunman) came in, he burst a shot, and he ask them to ‘pass it’, he asked my uncle to ‘pass it’ so my uncle moved fast and think fast,” the relative explained. “So he tell him he don’t have money … he (the gunman) end up going on the other side where the fellas gambling, then my uncle rush outside and close the door and prevented him from going outside. And that’s how my uncle was able to take the gun from him and then they start giving him licks.”

By the time the suspect was handed over to the police, he was bleeding profusely and required immediate attention.

“The people in the area made him talk,” the relative noted.

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24 comments

  1. I hope they kill him next time! Once a liar twice a thief! He'll do it again Babonneau!

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  2. SLU Police Force is a waste of time. Why are they so interested in protecting criminals. Excessive force my toe! We must protect ourselves by using any means necessary since the authorities are doing nothing to help us. These press releases from the RSLPF are to some extent encouraging the criminals. Those thugs have been terrorizing the nation for so long. We cannot allow this to continue.

    (3)(0)
  3. Like really

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  4. Like seriously!!!! What I read deh is pure bullshit we r worth nun this country!!!!!!!

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  5. He will come back for revenge. Be on the lookout. Take no chances.

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  6. Concerned citizen

    Seriously, they should not have executed excessive force. Wow. What is happening in this place. People work hard for what they have and just lose it to theives. If you defend yourself then you are punished also by the law. Really. This is scary. If the patrons at the shop were shot maybe then the law would want to arrest and charge the thief. Are our lives worth anything. Unless people get hurt proper action is not taken. People of St. Lucia May God be with us.

    (5)(5)
  7. They never turned in the firearm so why should he b charged

    (1)(5)
  8. Why can't he be charged for the illigal fire arm. That is a few years for sure.

    (4)(1)
  9. Real f... dem police lacking bang of asswipes they shud hve murdered his scunt the thieves have more rights smh how the hell will crime stop I think the police send him to rob the shop and they vex because the gun they borrowed him they eh get it back

    (8)(2)
  10. What a mess? THE CRIMINALS ARE HAVING A FIELD DAY! Well! Well! Well! I became speechless after reading this story.

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  11. DOH WORRY...WE HAVE A PLAN FOR HIM AND HIS FRIENDS WHO ESCAPED IN THE CAR. HE WAS FORCED TO SPEAK RIGHT? LET HIM GO ON HIS MERRY WAY. THAT'S OUT OF THE POLICE HANDS. WE WILL GET ALL THREE OF THEM AND THEN YOU WILL SEE VIGILANTE JUSTICE.

    (37)(5)
  12. MASKSED BANDIT.????

    Obviously the vigilante justice was an over kill..battered in blood stripped of his clothing almost like they wanted to bull the boy,i mean if they took a gun from him..it in itself is enough to gather a case against him.
    Kudos to shopkeeper for apprehending the robber,thank god u still have your life..but this is the total opposite way to apprehend a suspect..you only made the real killer robbers more callous and aggressive after seeing this,that when they enter an establishment they won't hesitate to shoot"in the head"anything that move on site.....sorry for the future willbe victims of robberies....hate all y'all want but this is called reverse psychology.

    (7)(21)
  13. The police is allowing him to walk free cuz they wanna shoot to kill him when next they see him.

    (9)(16)
  14. We should be like the Arabs you're caught theiving the offended hand is cut off!!

    (27)(2)
  15. BOY SAINT LUCIA IS A JOKE !!

    YOU MEAN, YOU GUYS, HAVE A CRIMINAL WHO WAS ARMED WITH A WEAPON AND LET HIM GO?

    I think all you useless police in the Babonneau Policie Station should get FIRED....NO EXCUSE, this is poor police work...NO RAISE FOR YOU ALL THIS YEAR....HAHAHA !!.... START PACKING YOUR SHIT AND LEFT PORT !!

    And for the Babonneau people that disarm the thief and give him a good ass whipping....

    WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU AFRAID OF ? !!

    Which judge will charge you for defending yourself from an armed bandit? You don't even need a layer to fight this.

    WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE !!

    (37)(4)
  16. He didn't get enough next time beat him till he can't waltz out a hospital these scum sicken me.

    (28)(2)
  17. Yall joking right? WHY wasn't he under police watch at the hospital? So basically, because of the way this was done, all he got was a free ride to the hospital. Only difference is that it was on a police vehicle. All I can say is my people come forward and make your statements so police can have eye witness evidence and formally charge this guy.

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  18. The good news in this story is that the bandit got a solid beating.
    The sleeping or sleep- walking policemen brought him to VH for treatment without assigning a sentry to guard him. Proof that the public, with their vigilante justice, is more efficient or effective than the police.

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    • Why waste resources guarding a person who will not be charged because the complainant doesn't want to make an official report..what would be the point exactly

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      • Techula

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      • Very true. Everyone wants to instruct the police on how to do their job. The affected party/ies didn't make an official report to the police.on what grounds will the police arrest him and charge him. Officers stay away from law suits. The public will dance to a different tune if you'll do the wrong thing.

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