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Man abandons child in Castries armed robbery; rights activist calls incident “unfortunate”

By MERRICK ANDREWS, St. Lucia News Online staff reporter/editor

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Screenshots of the video show the man arriving with the child, with him looking as the bandits enter the restaurant and finally, when he dashes out.

A number of people have expressed dismay on social media at a man who dashed left a child during the recent armed robbery of the Sea Town ‘Chinese restaurant’ on Brazil Street, Castries.

Some persons have branded the man a “coward”.

Macy wrote: “As none of us know for sure how we would react; but I pray to God, I wouldn’t leave my child behind. Now he has to live with the shame of running out on a poor helpless child.”

“This guy has no love for his own child. My first instinct would have been to turn around looking for my kid after seeing this, scoop him up and run. The ‘waste of time’ simply looked after himself,” Anonymous wrote.

Another person said: “The worst part of the story is where a terrified customer run away leaving a hopeless little child behind…..what a coward! I certainly was not leaving without my child.”

However, Human Rights Advocate, Felicia Browne, says while she does not support the man’s action, she said the situation was “unfortunate”.

Felicia Browne

“It is unfortunate that the parent and child were placed in such a traumatic situation,” Browne told St. Lucia News Online. “However, we should not be too harsh on the parent as during times of dangerous situations we never know how the mind or body would respond. Some persons may faint, others may defend and try to protect the innocent child. But gun violence is never an easy experience for anyone including a young child.”

Browne said the focus should not be removed from the fact that the criminals felt comfortable to attack a business place with an innocent child.

“Have you ever experienced guns or a gun pointing at you,” she asked. “I did not support what he did but like I said, we do not know why he did that.”

She further explained that “fear can make anyone respond differently to what he or she knows better”.

“It is unfortunate,” she emphasised. “Every parent must protect the child but with guns and fear, who knows what mental condition the parent was under.”

The bandits, one armed with a gun and the other with a knife, took less than 200 dollars in cash and beverages, but did not harm the chef and cashier. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

Videos of the robbery, captured on security cameras, have gone viral.

A suspect is currently in police custody.

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16 comments

  1. He did the right thing cuz had he gone fore the child the shooter would have misinterpreted and shot him. Better for the child to have its father, these ppl think the man stupid. How can he save the child if he dead.

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  2. Las pah la carl

    it would take heartless mother-- to kill a child that would remember sh--!!! They robbers played no attention to the child. The father left in shock and panic and obviously he would have been a target .

    Don't blame him the child was smart to go meet him.

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  3. Has Felicia Brown been come face to face with a pistol or been in an active armed robbery or shooting? If not then she cannot comment on it as to whether it is right or wrong. People do not act rightly or wrongly in such situations, they act instinctively. In active shooter situations people loose their children and it is not about them not setting out to protect them but instinctively the brain focuses on cover and self preservation and these behaviors are highly involuntary; therefore the time it takes to properly digest a thought and decide whether to perform an act or whether it is right or wrong is automatic. If something is pelted at you your instinct makes you duck or get out the way, it does not process whether it is a bad idea because you might get killed by a vehicle passing close to you. So enough about arguing about nothing.

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  4. Y'all to quick to judge the man did not run out on the child the man slide on by the restroom area still in the restaurant yes he panic but at the same tym u seeing the child goes to meet him afta like he called the child yh u hv to grap ur child first but the man panic neva thought he wud go thru this

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  5. Y'all to quick to judge the man did not run out on the child the man slide on by the restroom area still in the restaurant yes he panic but at the same tym u seeing the child goes to meet him afta like he called the child yh u hv to grap ur child first but the man panic neva thought he wud go thru this

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  6. Y'all to quick to judge the man did not run out on the child the man slide on by the restroom area still in the restaurant yes he panic but at the same tym u seeing the child goes to meet him afta like he called the child yh u hv to grap ur child first but the man panic neva thought he wud go thru this

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  7. honestly i believe all of you that are bashing the guy should shut up and cut the man some slack.
    all of yall talking "oh if it was me i would have not leave my child" a bunch or bullshit rubbish.
    lets see what you would have done if you were actually in the situation.

    All of yall talking cause yall were not in it but have you ever seen a gun pointed at you? do you even think straight if a gun is at you? if any one of you was there yall most likely would have done the same damn thing with the man.

    i mean if it was my child i would have definitely take my child and run but am saying this now but if i was in the actually situation maybe i would have done the same as him in shock. so if you have not walked in the persons shoes please dont judge.

    yall quick to judge the man but yall leaving the big picture out with the two De Ban, Mama Mal Makos that came to rob an establishment with innocent people in it not to mention a little child thats where yall should focus yall attention on

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  8. In fearful situations NO ONE knows how they would respond. It is only when you are directly in the situation that you know. I know of three mothers who ran and left their babies. A snake came in the house of two of them and the next one there was a drive by shooting while she was pushing her baby in a pram and she left the child and ran into our yard. Pram capsized and baby fell out. And these were mothers! Do not judge anyone, not until you have walked in their shoes!!!

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  9. Who u think they would rob or hurt him or the kid but I would try my best not to leave mines or any other kids behind then again I'm a goon I was born that way.we all not the same.

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  10. Would stronger detterents help reduce crime in St.lucia? How about the death penalty ? Why not let the citizens vote on this matter ? Are the criminals and Gangsters running the country now? We're the criminals and gangsters ever elected to run the country ? Are we forgetting what a failed state looks like already ?Is anyone safe in a failed state? Some would argue ,that not even Lawyers who defend criminals and the media and citizens who fail to seriously address the issue can be safe in a failed state.So "sons and daughters of St. Lucia love the land that gave us birth"

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  11. Chewpssssssssssss they always so quick to judge or have an opinion God alone knows how they treating their children in their own homes. As traumatic as this incident was for the victims I am happy worse didn't happen.

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    • Yes quick to judge people have right to say how thdy feel.He ran away and left his child.have you ever seen animals how they behave when there babies are in danger they protect them first. He left his child at that time he wsd only thinking of himself and his ssfety not his child.let people say what they wsnt shsme him let him live wirh it for the rest of his life..

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      • did you guys actually saw him leaving the child?..he went to the back of the restaurant as u can see closely the child did follow him so he DIDN'T run and leave the child,stop judging ,,ya'll only see what ya'll want to see..dogs

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        • What if the child didn't follow him. Then would you have considered him leaving the child behind. If a child sees their parent running away don't you expect that child to follow the parent. Following does not mean he took the child with him. Following means he left the child behind.

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