The robbery victim at Bo Cage has urged all citizens of this country to be wary of their security.
Alvin Hassel and his family were attacked on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, by armed bandits who entered their home through an open door, assaulted Hassell and made off with cash, valuables and a Suzuki Grand Vitara.
The vehicle, minus the number plates, has since been recovered by the Police but the device that enables entry and starts it is still missing.
Hassell recalled that it was a nice bright day when he and his family were cooking their midday meal.
The robbery victimtold the Times that because the day was hot, the front door was open.
“We were not expecting anything of that nature,” Hassell said.
However he disclosed that after the incident, his family’s sense of security has been shaken.
“It is very difficult, because after something like this has happened you no longer trust anyone,” Hassell told the Times.
“You look at everyone around you differently and you wonder who could have set this thing up because I believe it was set up. They had obviously been monitoring my comings and goings and my wife’s comings and goings and they knew we were both home and that the front door was open and it was an opportune moment.”
In addition to cash, valuables and the family’s Grand Vitara, the three bandits also held a gun to the head of Hassel’s wife and forced her to get his firearm.
After obtaining the firearm, the criminals fled the scene.
Hassell was hit several times on the head and arm with the flat side of a cutlass during the armed robbery.
However a medical examination had revealed that there was no damage to the skull.
“These are difficult times that we live in, the economy is difficult and some people are desperate and try desperate things. I would like to encourage everybody to be security conscious and monitor their surroundings,” Hassell, 54, said.