Teen among three women tied up, robbed at gunpoint

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A Mahaica, East Coast Demerara family is still recovering after five armed, masked men invaded their house, tied them up and escaped with cash and other valuables at between 8pm-10pm Saturday.

Police said that 56-year-old Lelawattie Basraj, a fruit vendor; 25-year-old Nimawattie Deodat and 15-year-old Nimawattie Deodat were in the lower flat of the house when the five bandits jumped the fence and held them at gunpoint.

News Room understands that the suspects took the women inside the house, tied their hands and feet and demanded cash and jewellery.

Police said that Basraj’s husband – 56-year-old Anand, a farmer – tried to intervene but the bandits beat him in the head with the gun.

They robbed Lelawattie of $400,000 in cash, a large quantity of jewellery and her cellphone; Nimawattie was robbed of her Samsung cell phone and the teenager was robbed of an HP Laptop.

The bandits escaped and left the victim tied up inside the house.

The family managed to untie themselves and reported the robbery to the police. Investigations are ongoing.

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