By Ramona Luthi
A 44-year-old woman and two of her children are now traumatized after armed bandits stormed their West Coast Demerara (WCD) home, in an attempt to rob them, last night.
In tears, Gail Atkinson of Cornelia Ida, WCD told Inews that at approximately 19:00hrs, she arrived home with her 12-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. Atkinson said that after she drove into the yard, her children went into the house, while she was about to lock the gate.
However, the distraught woman stated that two men approached the gate and forced their way inside. “I see they coming in and I said yo, yo, wa wrong with y’all?”
The woman said that they then began to curse her, while demanding that she be quiet. However, Atkinson explained that she refused to obey them since her mind had now shifted to her two children in the house.
In an effort to prevent the men from entering the house (one of whom was armed), a scuffle ensued with her and the unarmed bandit in the yard.
As she was engaged with one of the bandits, the other used the opportunity to quickly run into the house where he confronted the woman’s children.
According to Atkinson’s young son, his sister ran into the bathroom and locked the door, as he tried to divert the gunman’s attention by hitting him with his school bag. Unfortunately, this resulted in the bandit gun butting the little child to his head.
Inews was informed that the man then dragged the young boy upstairs by his shirt, and began to shout and demand that he disclose where “the gold and money were.”
When the boy stated that he was unaware of where the valuables were, the gunman ransacked the home then made his way back in the yard where Atkinson and his accomplice were still fighting. Atkinson recalled that the armed bandit braced her to the fence and said “where is the *bleeping* gold and money? Tell me before I shoot yuh!”
After the distraught mother of three related that she had no gold or money, the man gun butted her and then fired four gun shots into the sky, before fleeing with his accomplice on a bicycle.
The woman, whose husband works in the interior, said that she felt like the bandits knew her, or had been monitoring the home for some time, since they knew exactly what time she would be home and what to ask for.
She told Inews that her neighbour summoned the police around the time the incident occurred however, they came around 04:00 hrs this morning.