A 60-year-old taxi driver is now at a major loss after his motorcar- his lone means of earning a living- was hijacked, allegedly, by his female passenger and an armed man on Wednesday afternoon.
Based on reports received, at around 14:00hrs, Walter Sammoogan of Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara was parked in front of the Lotto building on Robb Street, Georgetown in search of passengers when he was approached by a young lady.
He told this publication that she got into his silver Toyota Premio, HC 3247 and asked him to drop her along a street on Mandela Avenue, opposite the National Cultural Centre.
“As we get there, we were turning in to the street, I can’t remember the street’s name. We went around, we stop at the gate,” he reflected, continuing that upon stopping, he noticed a young man standing at the gate of the home.
The suspect reportedly approached the taxi driver with cash in his hand to pay for the young lady’s drop; however, as he got closer, Sammoogan said the man pulled out a gun.
The perpetrator allegedly ordered the 60-year-old man to remain seated, while opening the driver’s door of the car. He then proceeded to “pat” Sammoogan down, and reportedly relieved him of $20,000 cash and his Samsung phone which were in his pockets.
This online publication was told that the male suspect then pulled the taxi driver out of his vehicle, and ordered him to “run up the road.”
Sammoogan said that he quickly obliged as he was fearful for his life. He noted that upon turning back, he saw the duo [man and woman] getting into his car, and driving off.
He subsequently made a report at the East La Penitence Police Station and an investigation has been launched.
Persons with information regarding the whereabouts of the hijacked hire car (silver Toyota Premio HC 3247) are asked to contact Sammoogan on 616 2816 and the nearest police station.