By Kristen Macklingam
The husband of a woman who was robbed of $5M cash at Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) is still in police custody as investigators continue to grill him about the incident. It is believed that he orchestrated the daring daylight robbery attack on his wife.
Reports are that around noon yesterday, Radika Doodnauth, who hails from Cane Grove, Mahaica, had visited a Scotia Bank branch in the city to withdraw the money on behalf of a relative.
Her husband, a taxi driver, was contracted to transport his wife to conduct her relative’s business. When Doodnauth and her husband approached the Belmont village, Mahaica while they were returning home the man stopped at a well-known supermarket stating that he was going to purchase something to eat.
He left his wife alone in his car and ventured into the business. INews understands that while she sat in their car waiting patiently for her husband’s return a man approached her and demanded that she hand over the money which she was in possession of. It is unclear whether or not he was armed with a gun or any other weapon at that time.
However, seconds after demanding the woman’s cash the lone perpetrator snatched the bag containing the $5M from the back seat of her car. He then rushed into a waiting vehicle which quickly sped off before persons in the vicinity could be alerted of the incident. When Doodnauth returned to the car and learnt of the incident the couple visited the Mahaica Police Station where a report was made about the robbery.
INews was told by a senior police source that the woman’s husband was taken into custody since the report was made because the details of the robbery suggest that he had some involvement in the matter.
At present no one else has been arrested with regards to this robbery. Meanwhile investigations are ongoing.