Mini-bus driver robbed at gunpoint in La Pansee

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Mini-bus driver robbed at gunpoint in La Pansee
Florent
Florent

Three armed bandits robbed a mini-bus driver of an undisclosed sum of cash on Thursday, November 13 in La Pansee, Castries.

Barthelmy Florent, 53, who operates a mini-bus in Morne Du Don, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that the robbery occurred at about 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Florent said he had just parked the mini-bus when the three masked men approached him and demanded that he hand over all his cash. The mini-bus driver told SNO that one of the bandits pointed a gun to his face and as a result, he took the bag of money he had in his possession and handed it over to them.

Florent said he is not sure how much cash they were able to get, because it was some of the money he made for the day that weren’t counted. He told SNO that the bandits are probably between 18-20 years old. The driver and the men had a scuffle and the bandits later escape.

Florent said he has been a taxi driver for a number of years and only started driving a mini-bus about a month ago.

The Morne Du Don resident said he finds it unsafe to operate a mini-bus, especially after 5 p.m. He logged a report with the police.

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  1. It is time that Mini Buses use tickets instead of cash when plying their routes. Commuters will purchase their tickets from the bus terminal or wherever location decided up on. The Mini Bus Association & The Ministry of Transport needs to come together to put measures in place for such a system. This will assist in curbing this avenue for the tugs to operate.

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  2. All I'm saying to these criminals is stop what they doing and go and plant some food to sell or learn a trade because they will 4k with the wrong person one day,any one of my family that fall victim to you all I will turn to the biggest witch Lucia ever see even if I have to sleep in a coffin for a week I will make sure not even those members of you all family that eh born yet gets the curse to,I post behind here so you'll done know you'll can't tell who I am and you'll don't know my family so just stop what you all doing cause you never know

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  3. All those of you who call for pray REALLY! How long have we been "praying" and the country is still suffering with so many sociatial ills. I say allow law enforcement to do as they chose to rid us or at least curb thest parasities. We need immediate action not some words spoken!

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  4. Let's pray for them ! Farther let these thieves be apprehended immediately .Let your Will be done father people pray pray and pray harder !

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  5. All the ppl that saying that not good to do take the law into your own hands and criminals have rights blah blah blah. It's when it happen to a family member of theirs they switching their ass quicker than u can blink. Hypocrites.

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  6. Those thieves are crippling the tourism sector. The country only depends on the tourism industry. The government together with the judiciary must reinforce/ implement tougher laws.

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  7. mini bus drivers shouid have a bodyguards on board from after 4.30 PM,barbados have it..
    mini bus drivers should not carry cash at nights.
    they should make deposits before the end of day to their bank. put stickers on their van saying this van dont carry cash..its time st.lucia have buying tickets before travelling on a st.lucian mini bus....

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  8. That have to be the same guys the found with the gun down in VF. It's a shame that you not safe on this little island. The government need to get some stiffer laws.

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  9. THAT'S WHY I DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR THE IDOTS WHEN POLICE OR PEOLPE KILL THEM..THEY ARE OF NO USE TO OUR SOCIETY..KEEP THEM AWAY ONE BY ONE..AND WE WILL HAVE A FREE, CALM , PEACE AND SAFE COUNTRY..PEOPLE WORK TOO HARD AND THEN GET HOLD UP BY THESE BANDITS WITH THREATS..TOO TOO MUCH MARIJUANA IN THEIR FREAKING HEAD..PUFF PUFF SORT LAR..VOLIER

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    • I WAS WITH YOU UNTIL YOU DROP THE MARIJUANA BOMB!!

      WHERE DOES MARIJUANA COME IN TO THAT? !!

      SO WHAT YOU SAYING ALL THIEVES SOME MARIJUANA?

      THAT MENTALITY IS A STUPID STEREOTYPE !!

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  10. Glad you were not hurt.Next time do not engage in a scuffle with three guys who put a gun to your face.You will make back the money soon.

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  11. It good to send them men and drown you know. People working to freaking hard to survive in an already unstable economy for them to be robbed of their daily bread. Bout time something be done. Shit!

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  12. Mr Florent, sorry to hear about your very unpleasant experience. Those parasites are eating society alive. They take away entrepreneurial spirit and make goods and services more expensive because of added security costs.

    Another year has passed without mandatory long prison sentences for illegal gun ownership. The perpetrators have nothing to fear. It is all a lark. One big fat joke.

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  13. and when the get them and burst their ass some of yall defending the culprits by saying that a good to do and all kinds a shate as much as it might be against the law to do so but these idiots calling it on them selves u cah tell go and work hard and later man coming and rob you just for them to give woman money and drink and get drunk and buy expensive clothes

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