A couple is now traumatised after armed bandits stormed their Good Hope, East Coast Demerara home Saturday morning. The incident occurred sometime around 08:30h.The couple’s room which the gunmen ransackedGuyana Times understands that the woman, Sanata Boodhoo, 53, was at home with her 4-year-old grandson at her Lot 11 Phase Three, Good Hope, ECD, house when two armed bandits confronted her.The woman related to this newspaper that she had just opened the backdoor of her home when the bandits forced their way into the house with the gun pointing at her head.“When we reach inside, they ask where all the money, where the gold deh,” she recalled. Boodhoo noted that the men then took her to the bedroom where they tied her up on the bed and stuffed her mouth with cloth.She said they began ransacking the house, collecting cash and the other valuables they got their hands on, and even raided the shop.“Them even carry away my wedding ring and tell me them gon shoot me grandson if me nah give them money and gold; but me nah get money and gold, what meh get me give them,” she recounted.The woman said that by this time her husband, Seelall Etwaroo, arrived home and he too was confronted by the gunmen.Etwaroo related to this newspaper that when he went home he called for his grandson but got no response, which was strange.“Me normally come and open the door from the outside so when me push open the door now, two guns pointing at me. All two ah them get one gun then them carry me in the room and me see me wife on the bed tie up; then them put me on the bed and tie me up too,” the man stated.The ordeal lasted for some 30 minutes during which the gunmen held the four-year-old child frighteningly at gunpoint.According to the couple, the bandits took away about $220,000 cash, $40,000 in phone cards, cigarettes and two cell phones valued $130,000 before making good their escape in a blue and white Allion car.However, as they were leaving the village, another villager, Abdol Mohamed, was passing by in a car and Etwaroo alerted him of what transpired, as such the man gave chase after the bandits.Mohamed told Guyana Times that after he was told about the robbery, he drove after the car which had no number plate. He stated that as he approached the vehicle, the gunmen opened fire on him. He said the men discharged three rounds in his direction, two of which hit his car.The bandits made good their escape.This newspaper was told that a report was made to the Police who took an hour to respond.
However, the RCMP did release an overnight travel advisory for the region and, motorists should anticipate city streets, and particularly rural roads, to be in poor travel condition this morning.We are expecting skies to clear this afternoon but, not before we receive another 2 to 4 centimeters.So motorists are also advised, the longer they can wait for plowing and sanding crews to address the situation, the better the chances of uninterrupted travel. Photo: Just one of the many snow drifts around Fort St. John – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThis could be another very difficult travel morning in the Fort St. John area.- Advertisement -According to Environment Canada, airport readings show, in the twelve hour period beginning at five o’clock yesterday afternoon, we received 8 centimeters of snow.In addition, Northwest wind gusts early this morning, have been clocked as high, as 60 kilometers per hour, resulting in blowing and drifting snow and, poor visibility.The overnight snowfall has pushed the monthly total past 40 centimeters and, it is now more than 15 centimeters higher, than the local area monthly norm, for March.We know of no road closures and, to date there have been no reports of any serious traffic accidents. The only incident we have heard about is on the Cecil Lake road and the Bridge in that area. A Chip truck broke down sometime over night and is blocking larger traffic. Smaller vehicles can pass this broken down truck, but larger vehicles like transport trucks can not cross the bridge because of the vehicle.Advertisement