Quick thinking by elderly woman saves her during robbery

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The broken window bar where the thief reportedly gained access

An elderly woman was left traumatized after a lone bandit, armed with a knife broke into her home minutes to 12 last night.

Speaking to Inews earlier this morning, the owner of the house, Chan Ramsamooge explained that she lived with her son in the flat wooden home she occupied at Cogland Dam, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara. However, her son was not home at the time of the incident.

Ramsamooge recalled that she was sleeping in bed, when at around 11:45hrs, she heard sounds of scratching. She said that her initial thought was that cats were outside of her home, as that was normal. Nonetheless, she turned on her lights outside of her house and peered through the windows, but said she saw nothing strange.

Acting on intuition, the elderly woman stated that she went into her son’s room and checked the windows but saw that they were tightly shut.

As she was about to return to her room, Ramsamooge recalled that she saw a fair skinned man in her kitchen, holding a knife.

“He said don’t move and don’t scream,” she recalled while highlighting that since the main door was closer to her than him, she did not hesitate to disobey his order and ran out into the streets, screaming.

Neighbours, she noted, ran to her assistance and the police were contacted.

Meanwhile the perpetrator who managed to escape, was chased by a public spirited person.

Ramsamooge told this online publication that upon inspection of her home, she noticed that the kitchen window was broken, leading her to the believe that the man gained entry into the house through it.

A laptop, and a kitchen knife- which is suspected to be what the man armed himself with- were reported missing.

The law enforcement officials reportedly arrived at the scene sometime around 01:00hrs this morning.

Eyewitnesses, including the person that chased the bandit, reportedly indicated to officers that they knew the identity of the man who allegedly resides in Bella Dam, West Bank Demerara. The suspect is said to be a known drug user.

When Inews made contact with Constable Solomon, attached to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station, he confirmed that a report has been made regarding the incident. He also said that presently, no one is in custody but investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi)

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