Armed bandits beat, rob Corentyne pensioners

first_imgTwo pensioners were on Thursday morning beaten and robbed after two armed bandits broke into their Alness Village, Corentyne home.The window from which the men gained entry into the houseOne of the victims was forced to undergo emergency surgery at the New Amsterdam Hospital following the attack.The attack, according to information received, occurred at about 03:30h at the Lot 53 Alness home, while the nine occupants were at home.The two masked men reportedly cut the grill work to a window in the lower flat of the building to gain entry.The men then went into one of the bedrooms in the upper flat occupied by the two pensioners; Guildford Goodchild, 76; and his wife, Kaymeah, 71.“They push open the door and put two lights in my face so I couldn’t see anything and then they take something and hit my head,” the former hospital matron told Guyana Times.An injured Kaymeah GoodchildAccording to Goodchild, the bandits demanded cash and jewellery but she told them that she did not have any.“They keep asking me and then my husband get up and hold on one of them and they start to lash him all over.”Her husband, a former Transport and Harbour worker, was hit in his head and abdomen. The bandits took away a gold ring he was wearing.Meanwhile, the woman’s grandson, Erwin Scarville, said he was in another bedroom and heard his grandmother screaming.According to the 20-year-old, he came out of his bedroom to investigate but as soon as he opened the bedroom door, he was confronted by one of the bandits who was carrying a gun.“He tell me to go on the ground so I go on the ground and I hear they still beating my grandfather but I couldn’t do anything. Then one of them come and stamp me on my back and put his foot on my neck and shortly after they start asking me where the money is…”The house belonging to the pensionersScarville recalled telling the intruders that he had no money. However, he told them where he had a $5000 bill. “They went and took the money and picked up my phone and left with it.”At the time of the robbery, all of the other persons on the upper flat were females. After the men left, the Police were summoned.Guyana Times understands that Scarville’s mother, who was holidaying in Guyana, left the country on Monday after a four-week vacation. She was using the said bedroom which the bandits initially entered.Meanwhile, a granddaughter of the elderly couple was questioned and several persons were detained by Police as investigations continue.last_img read more

Sales assist heart patient

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Patsy Gonzales, a marketing representative for a Whittier car dealership, heard about a young Whittier man forced to postpone his New Year’s Eve wedding after being diagnosed with heart problems, she could not sit by and not help, she said.Gonzales said she learned of Kevin Long’s condition from mutual friend Rey Casillas and an article in this newspaper.“I was shocked to learn that this 20-something young man, this great guy, was so sick,” Casillas said. “So I turned to the community in Whittier for help.”Gonzales enlisted the support of her employer, Whittier Chrysler Jeep Dodge on Whittier Boulevard, and launched a campaign to raise money to help 24-year-old Long by selling water bottles in the dealership’s showroom.She hopes money from the drive will help Long and his fiancee, Stephanie Meyer, 26, pay off a $10,000 debt from their canceled wedding.Long and Meyer got engaged in July. They invited 130 guests to their wedding, rented a church in Newport Beach for the ceremony, booked a reception on a yacht in Newport Harbor, hired a photographer and bought invitations.Then, about a month before the wedding, Long came down with a virus that doctors later discovered had attacked his heart. Eventually, he was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of the heart that could lead to a fatal heart attack.Long, who is now at home recuperating, said he and Meyer were amazed when they learned that a local dealership was raising money on their behalf.“We have been dealt a difficult hand, so we are very, very grateful to them for showing us this kind of support,” Long said.Gonzales decided to sell water bottles instead of asking for cash donations because that seemed like a better way to raise money, she added.“We felt it was the right thing to do in our hearts, because it’s such a bad thing to happen to a young couple who are starting out,” she said.She said the dealership will continue to sell the water bottles through the end of this month.Despite Long’s illness, the couple have set a tentative wedding date for May. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more