Two arrested after family robbed of raw gold, other valuables

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By Leroy Smith

Cops on the West Coast of Demerara this morning arrested two suspects, both 19 years old, following a late-night robbery on a woman and her son at Crane Village, West Coast Demerara.

The News Room was informed that a mother, Dawn Martin, 40 and her 24-year-old son, Anson Ford were approached by four men, two of whom were armed with handguns on Tuesday (January 24, 2017) night at their home.

The men who appeared to know exactly what the victims possessed, demanded raw gold, $60,000 in cash, jewellery and several high-end mobile phones from their victims and those items were handed over before the bandits fled the area.

Enquiries disclosed that the victims were in the bottom flat of their two-storey home conversing, when the suspects pounced on them through an eastern door which was left opened. One of the armed men, then discharged two rounds towards the ceiling, after which they relieved them of the items mentioned and fled.

According to sources who are familiar with the investigation, the items amount to close to $1.6M inclusive of the value of the raw gold.

The News Room learnt that the husband of the woman is an excavator operator in an interior location and also invests in the sale of raw gold.

Sources have indicated that the ordeal lasted for just about twenty minutes after the bandits showed up at approximately 20:40hrs.

Police sources have confirmed that of the two men who were picked up for questioning, one is known to the police for similar offences in the past.

Two (2) .32 spent shells were retrieved at the scene.

The investigations are ongoing.

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