Coast terror continues
-- Buxton youths rampage through Annandale
RESIDENTS in another East Coast Demerara village were terrorised Friday afternoon when a band of more than 40 armed youths from neighbouring Buxton swarmed Annandale and went on a rampage, attacking, beating, robbing and molesting dozens of villagers.
TARGET: Gale Street, Annandale
where several residents were attacked by the armed gang.
The traumatised residents yesterday told the Chronicle that between 16:30 hrs and 17:00 hrs the band of youths, between 14 to 18 years old, and many of them brandishing guns, choppers and knives, invaded the village and dispersed into pockets of about four each.
Ramnarace, called `Shook', was wounded
on his forehead during the terror attack.
immediately proceeded to barge into homes, attacking and robbing
occupants. Persons, including children who were on the streets,
were also molested and robbed of as little as $200, residents
The reign of terror, which lasted about 30 minutes, ended when a businessman in the village switched on his alarm and a group of residents, a licenced firearm holder among them, banded together to confront the marauding gang.
is searched by members of a Police patrol at the corner of Gale
Street and Market Road, Annandale
firearm holder discharged several rounds in the air.
gang was apparently surprised by the sound of gunfire coming from
the residents and proceeded to leave, villagers said.
arrived about 45 minutes after the mob left the village, residents
Police, in a release yesterday, said they were investigating a report that a group of about 30-40 persons went to Annandale Sand Reef Area from Buxton at about 17:30 hrs Friday and robbed a number of residents. One victim confirmed the report, the Police said.
THE home where
Carol lived. She was another victim of the attack.
said there were several violent incidents during the funeral,
including stoning of vehicles and a reported robbery.
one point Police said they had to use teargas to disperse a crowd
stoning vehicles passing through the area.
said they also fired shotgun pellets to disperse a crowd that was
pelting vehicles at Friendship junction, near Buxton.
popularly known as `Shook', a mechanic who lives in Gale Street,
Annandale, was one of the victims of the Friday rampage.
told the Chronicle that he was downstairs when a group of about 11
of the young attackers approached his house.
said one of them pointed a gun in his direction, and then pushed
open the closed gate.
Four of them, all armed with guns, went immediately upstairs and began ransacking the house, while three others, two armed with guns and one with a chopper, approached him demanding money and jewellery, he added.
driven by Shaheed Ahmad which was attacked on the Strathspey
said he told the bandits he had none and that he did not live
there. They took a CD player, an amplifier, and a VCR.
said the ordeal lasted for about three minutes and luckily his
wife who had hidden herself in another part of the house, was not
discovered by the attackers.
mob then proceeded to a neighbour, snatched a gold chain, and
fired several shots, one passing about two inches from his head.
took away a television set and hurled a `channa' (bottle) bomb
through the kitchen door. Fortunately, the bomb did not ignite,
the man said.
victim, 35-year-old Carol, who lives obliquely opposite Ramnarace,
was robbed of cash and jewellery.
was so traumatised after the attack that she has since left the
village and is living with relatives, residents said.
said Carol is a quiet resident and is well liked. She recently
sold a car and it was this money which the gang of robbers took,
another attack in another street a 14-year-old girl was molested,
terrorised and robbed of a gold chain, a finger ring, a silver
bracelet and a pair of earrings.
child's mother said that at around 17:30 hrs, about 20 members of
the marauding gang scaled the fence of her yard and pounced on her
daughter who was in a hammock.
ripped off her earrings and attempted to bite off her finger ring.
However, she begged them not to do that, as she would take it off.
then proceeded to molest the girl and wanted to rape her, but were
persuaded from doing so, the mother said.
mother said they then robbed her of $25,000 which she and her
husband had kept home to pay child support for a child her husband
has from a previous marriage.
also related that she had removed her daughter from the Bladen
Hall Multilateral School because of the criminal attacks on the
East Coast Demerara and had sent her to live with her maternal
grandmother in another part of the country.
child went to Annandale only a few days ago to spend some time
with her before the reopening of school, the mother sadly related.
said a cane cutter who was returning from work with his pay packet
was mercilessly pounced upon by a section of the mob and chopped
and robbed. The wounded man was taken to hospital.
atmosphere of fear yesterday enveloped the village, as residents
tried to come to grips with the horrific experience.
parents said they have decided to send their daughters to live
with relatives in other villages for fear of them being harmed by
criminals roaming and rampaging on the East Coast Demerara.
villagers also indicated that because of the current crime wave
they planned to migrate.
residents also felt that President Bharrat Jagdeo should not have
left the country at this time.
Jagdeo departed Friday for Johannesburg, South Africa, to
participate in the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
where he will chair one of the four sessions.
President, however, expressed some reservations at having to leave
Guyana at this time.
did not want to go on this trip because of the problems that we
are experiencing now, especially my concerns over the crime
situation here. But I (left) specific instructions and I will keep
in touch on a daily basis with Guyana on this matter," the
President told Editors-in-Chief and Editors before his departure.
he pointed out that the summit is important for many countries,
especially the countries of the Caribbean and in particular
are all aware that a substantial part of our country is below sea
level and any rise in the sea through global warming would have a
devastating impact on Guyana (since) we can lose all of our
fertile land...we have already seen signs of this happening around
the world and I think it is very important that we have a presence
to make sure that this trend is reversed and if it is not then it
would be to the great detriment of Guyana," the President
to Mr. Jagdeo, it was only confirmed on Thursday night that he
would be chairing one of the summit's four sessions.
is a big honour for Guyana and the Caribbean to be able to chair
one of these sessions with so many countries involved; but also as
Chairman of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) at this point in time I
have to represent the Caribbean. Had it not been for this, then
maybe I wouldn't have gone," he said.
I am leaving basically with a heavy heart but I will keep in touch
on a daily basis," he assured.
in a separate incident Friday on the Strathspey public road, a
group of 12 young men, aged 14-26, stopped and attacked truck
driver, Shaheed Ahmad.
the attack, he was wounded on his hands and face and the
windscreen of the truck was smashed by a Guinness bottle hurled by
a member of the mob.
said that as he was attending to his injuries, the group pounced
on the truck and stole equipment valued at about $80,000,
including a sanding machine and several tools.
truck with registration number GDD 5508 is owned by Hans Metzer, a
German national who owns and operates a machining shop at
Coldingen Industrial Estate, East Coast Demerara.
Friday afternoon attack on Annandale followed the early Wednesday
morning rampage by a gang of bandits at Non Pariel, also on the
gang terrorised and robbed several families, fleeing with
jewellery, cash and household appliances. Residents said the men
escaped in the direction of the Railway Embankment road where a
car was waiting for them.
said the attackers were about 10 unmasked, heavily armed men who
reportedly sexually assaulted two young women and set alight a
bereaved man who was being consoled by relatives and friends at a
wake as he waited to bury his wife Wednesday.
to residents of Section `B', Non Pariel, the bandits struck for
about 20 minutes from 03:00 hrs.
neighbourhood was awakened by heavy banging sounds on several
homes in the area, they said.