-five held for questioning
Armed bandits on Tuesday evening robbed an overseas-based Guyanese couple of almost $2M in cash and jewellery and police yesterday detained five persons to assist in the investigations.
Thakur Dyal Ramphal and his wife Drupattie Ramphal were at their Number 60 Village, Corentyne home when they were attacked and robbed by two men who were armed with a handgun and cutlasses, the police said in a press statement. The incident occurred at around 6:30 pm on Tuesday. Investigations revealed that the victims were about to leave their home when they were confronted by the men who held them up and took away a quantity of jewellery, US$400, and $15 000 and escaped, the statement said.
The police added that during the incident, Thakur was assaulted about his body by the perpetrators.
This newspaper learnt that the gold and diamond jewellery taken by the bandits amounted to $1.8M. The bandits also took some credit cards. Thakur said that he nearly lost his life and it was a terrifying experience. He vowed never to return to Guyana. The bandits had forced him and his wife into some bushes in the backyard before fleeing. Police sources said last night that five persons were arrested as investigations continue.