Young money changer robbed of $1.5 million in cash
A 16-year-old money changer of Rose Hall Town was on Saturday morning robbed of $1.5 million in cash; the police have since arrested two persons and recovered the car involved in the robbery.
Shazam Mohamed told the News Room that he was standing on the Rose Hall Town public road at around 07:30hrs when a white new model Toyota Allion (PYY 1231) pulled up in front of him.
He said one of the men wanted to change US $2000 and told him to jump in the car. Mohamed compiled and then the men said they wanted to change US $5000 instead.
Mohamed said he only had $500,000 on him and so he asked his father to bring out a $1 million.
“…he went home and he came back with the million-dollar and I came in the backseat and I checked up the money and give them and he (passenger in the front seat) deh checking it; they drive off and said they going and collect the money,” Mohamed said.
According to the teenager, the man drove the car and parked it on the Number 19 road and asked him to call back his father so that they could ask him what is the best price for the US dollar.
“I call back and me give them to talk and he talk to him and he (driver) cut off the phone and put it on his lap and the passenger now go and stand up at the back of the car and the driver ask me how much money left and I told him I don’t have any but he reached over and tried to scramble the money.”
The young man said at that point, he pushed the driver but the man reached down and grabbed a gun and pointed it at him.
The driver then told him to exit the car and run. Fearful for his life, he did what he was told but the other suspect who was at the back of the car banged on the trunk and told the driver “leh we kill he.”
Mohamed continued to run while the bandits sped off in the direction of New Amsterdam.
Mohamed and his father then made a police report.