Two bandits yesterday
held businessman Charles
Sarjoo at gunpoint and robbed him of a substantial
amount of local and foreign currency.
The incident occurred at
Sarjoo's Friendship, East Bank Demerara, property and
the bandits carted off US$6, 000 and G$200,000. The
businessman and his nephew Anthony Sarjoo were held at
gunpoint around 12:45 hours by the bandits, one of
whom was armed with a pump action shotgun.
bandits who were apparently staking out the
businessman's house launched their attack just as he
was about to discharge some goods from his car. The
businessman's nephew who operates a bar at the bottom
flat of the premises told Kaieteur News that he was
helping his uncle discharge some goods from his car
when the two men walked in. The men ordered two
bottles of Guinness Stout and paid with a $500 bill.
“I give dem back $100
change and dey pull two chairs and sit down. I went
out back fuh help me uncle and while coming back in
with a box of goods, one of de men point a gun to me
head and tell me drop de box. I seh ‘oh God I
dead',” Anthony Sarjoo related.
He said the men ordered him
to lie on the ground.
Anthony Sarjoo said when the
men realised that no money was in the box they pounced
on his uncle who was still standing by his car. “I
see dey grab he bag and like he and dem had a scuffle.
De one with de gun crank it up and like he go fuh
shoot. I holler out ‘uncle give dem, give dem'”
Anthony Sarjoo told this newspaper.
The 53-year old businessman,
recalling his ordeal said that he was coming out of
his car with a bag containing the cash when the men
pointed a gun at him.
“One of them put the gun to
my chest while the other one snatched the bag. They
then ran through an alley and escaped,” Charles
Sarjoo said. The robbery was a bitter blow for Sarjoo
who suffered a similar fate almost two years ago. And
to add to the misery, Sarjoo, who is the brother of
murdered cambio dealer Neville Sarjoo, lost his wife
and son-in law within the past year. “Right now I
don't have a cent, not even a savings. If the earth
could open up now and swallow me, I would be glad,”
the businessman said.
He is now contemplating how
to break the news to his children who reside overseas.
According to the
businessman, the police came to the scene and took
away the two Guinness bottles and the chairs in the
hope that they will obtain fingerprints of the
bandits. Investigations are continuing.
September 18, 2004