Cruise ship visitor robbed near Castries Market

A cruise ship visitor was robbed this afternoon near the Castries Market, the Times has been informed.

The President of the Vendors Association, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac, disclosed that three visitors were looking around by the market when two young men pounced on  an elderly woman who was part of the group, grabbed a gold chain  and escaped.

The incident occurred at around 3:30 pm, he said.

“I mean this is not nice – this is going to cost us a lot,” Isaac told the Times.

“The worst thing about it is about this time around to tell you the truth, I can’t see no City Police around – not one, either here or there,” he lamented, adding that while at times City Police officers are quite visible, at other times they are not in evidence.

Isaac declared that the crime fighting strategy is not working.

He told the Times that the visitors, two women and a man,  were so upset after the incident that they did not want to speak to anyone, but headed back to their cruise ship.

Isaac described them as all having been older people.

He said the young attackers wore no masks.

Last Friday a Canadian visitor had his chain snatched on the William Peter Boulevard by a bandit who got away, according to news reports, while another thug who attacked a visitor in a separate incident a few days later was held by a female Special Police Constable.

Mayor Peterson Francis has been quoted in the media as saying that muggings have been blown out of proportions by the media.

But he made it clear that any robbery is a source of concern to him.






  1. Anonymous
    February 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Wasn’t it yesterday the mayor was saying it wasn’t an issue?

    1. Anonymous
      February 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      This mayor likes to give ‘alternative facts’.

      What’s amazing though is the fact that the thieves wore no masks, but selectively, in a busy area like this at that time, no one did or said a thing. The only times Lucians will say a word and write volumes is against the police. And then cry for the same police to protect them.

      It’s the same set of good for nothings terrorizing people in the city. By not saying anything, we will keep getting abused.

  2. Mimi
    February 18, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    The mayor (Words deleted)! Just yesterday he made seem like the media was blowing things out of proportion. But everyday Castries have robberies; locals and tourist alike. So whatever strategy he trying to make “looshans” swallow, he better wheel and come again. # choops #baytise

  3. Rory
    February 18, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    The people of the island will suffer a grate deal for acts like this the ship can check slu off it list . Not to return to the island that will be hundreds of people. And lost of revenue to the island. What a sad day . Pray my people and call on god .

  4. Bwet Cucu
    February 18, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Lucian Trump said Kenny didn’t know how to tackle crime and he had the solution! How many murders since the 666??? Deal with it just now cruise ships will be bypassing St Lucia!!

  5. Cabbie
    February 18, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    The Mayor is an “ostrich”, with his damn stupid head firmly buried in the sand.
    Castries is a nothing but a urine soaked Plight on tourism. We must warn travellers of it’s dangers.
    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.It’s only a few callous “niggers”running around ruining our tourism. Is it any wonder white folks despise, blacks? I’m really beginning to see their point, based on this greedy act of robbery. It set back our tourism industry immeasurably. Also means less income for me.

    1. Anonymous
      February 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      what the mayor meant when he said that the robberies were being blown out of proportion, is that the media should not report on these incidents, and that like him, they should become ostriches and bury their heads in the sand.

      1. Anonymous
        February 19, 2017 at 7:36 pm

        One incident is one too many . Policing of known areas would be beneficial , kinda Courtesy Cops , with shotguns . Tourists should note locals are targeted , even ransomed in their homes .

  6. Sharon terrell
    February 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    They will inform their embassy and their government and friends to stay away from st.lucia,look at the Canadians they have already informed their citizens to stay away from st.lucia.We dint need police around sometimes they should be around all the time.And where is the CCTV mr.mayor.what’s going on in st.lucia.The criminals seem to be lunking you’ll catch me if you’ll can mr.mayor.

  7. Anonymous
    February 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    This has nothing to do with unemployment. Just a group of lazy scumbags with nothing better to do. We need to sentence these culprits to hard labour like cleaning drains and the road side so everyone can see who they are.

  8. Sharon terrell
    February 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    These criminals will be st.lucia demise if you’ll continue to put on a show and not take these robber’s seriously.Police officer’s should be station all over castries everyday not just once a week or somedays,the criminals go home and they do their homework they watching.Its time to get these CCTV cameras also give the vendors stunt guns.Enough talking put action in place.

  9. Sharon terrell
    February 18, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Anonymous at 5:59 yes indeed i salute your comment,all of the above.

  10. Anonymous
    February 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    A beh bon bodier

  11. Anonymous
    February 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Some of these male city police need their background checked. You can’t put a rat to watch cheese..

    1. Bwet cucu
      February 18, 2017 at 7:16 pm


    2. Anon
      February 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      So true both male and female

  12. Anonymous
    February 18, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    The penalties for these robbers is to beat them sevierly. And let them go.if they found guilty again dubble it. Guilty again tripple it the choice will be theirs.
    Again when that will ever happen.

  13. Anonymous
    February 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Cause the police too busy texting on their phones or 3 of them bunched up in the same area talking to each other

  14. Former Police Sergeant
    February 18, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    The Cat-0- 9 has to be brought back for these heartless criminals to be flogged. I can tell you it is a big deterrent to crime. A famous criminal I arrested for raping a guest from the then Halcyon Days Hotel in VFort was flogged in addition to joal terms confess to me; “boss I have been committing crime from a young boy and now I am 35 yrs and I have stop committing crime since after the beating they gave me”.

  15. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 2:40 am

    When these cruise ship arrive in St Lucia why are there no policemen round the harbour and the market place to protect the visitors that come to the island to spend some of their monies to buy gifts for friends and families from the natives of the island so that they can have monies to buy food for their families. I am ashame of St Lucia. This is a disgrace. To the Minister of St Lucia do whatever you have to do to protect the people and visitors of St Lucia or your country will go down to zero.

  16. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Kenny still doing things eh. Allen take your crown

  17. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Hang them after beimg caught.

  18. Tourist
    February 19, 2017 at 9:14 am

    As a tourist to your beautiful island several times a year other tourists at the.resort I stay at ask what to do in St. Lucia. The number one thing I always advise is to NOT go to the market. People love markets but it is such a hole. Not safe now, and people bothering you left right and centre! It could be good. It should be re located somewhere close by, away from the busy traffic. Every tourist reads the news on the internet and will not get off the ships when your police cannot protect their safety.

    1. Anonymous
      February 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      I agree. Castries is one of the most horrible places in St Lucia and needs a redevelopment. Would be much nicer if the cruise ships went to Rodney Bay or somewhere in the south like Choiseul but of course you need the depth of the harbour.

  19. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Admittedly this is terible – but I do wish that we would not market such incidents to that extent – these things occur in every island state moreso in the countries where the tourist originates. The powers that be can deal with it in house without, for example speaking to Times – it does not do us any justice . A lot of the islands have their mishaps under wraps – but no ! St Lucia! wave lengths. SMH

  20. Realist
    February 19, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This happens everyday. Yes more police presence in certainlocationss might help but the police cannot solve the issue alone. People need to come forward. Someone always sees but nobody talks. Very few people will assist when these crimes are taking place and I understand why. Still when the culprits are arrested they are back on the streets on bail in no time no. Everyone is the blame for this. The public…and our justice system

  21. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 11:58 am


    1. Anonymous
      February 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Yes I agree. For a start, flatten all the ghettos and move the people out to the countryside on payment plan homes or some kind of development. Make this space into parks or recreation facilities, for sports etc.

      Introduce trees and flowers back into the landscape because it is a horrible concrete jungle.

      Take out the markets and totally rebuild in a nice style. Modern or traditional, but not the ugliness that it is now.

      I wouldn’t even go to Castries market again it so stink and ugly it don’t make sense. VF is much nicer, and even VF aint nice really.

  22. Joan Ackerley
    February 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I am British and visit St Lucia when I can, we love your beautiful island. Sadly last year my husband had his mobile phone stolen whilst in Castries market, which was quite upsetting. Despite this we did not let this incident spoil our holiday and have returned to St Lucia and visited Castries since. This could have happened anywhere.

  23. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Is this the same market at the cruise terminal or a different market?

    1. Joan Ackerley
      February 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Yes it’s the main market not far from the cruise ships. We just are more careful now and are more aware since the theft there. It certainly wouldn’t stop us from visiting the market, it’s nice to experience the culture and see the many crafts they sell.

  24. Leslue
    February 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Is this the same market at the cruise terminal or a different market?

  25. Cabbie
    February 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    The areas surrounding the harbor are in dire need of redevelopment. The first impression of a country is vitally important. rebuild the shanty towns.
    When the cruise ships arrive, like “rats” the crooks begin to linger around the shoreline, and market. Likewise the police should linger amongst the the rats to create a clear and visible deterrence. Prevent the crime from occurring in the first place. That way there’ll be no reason to whip, beat, or kill anybody. It’s called “crime prevention” people! And if this simple measure is still not adequate, “Then beat the liv’in ba’jeebers out of them. Try the sensible approach first, then try the extream measures. At some point we’ll get it right. Do nothing and we’ll never get it right!

  26. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    This kind of cruel act against visitors is unacceptable. What is more pathetic is that whilst the obvious beneficiaries of the tourists dollars are enquiring about the presence of the police after the fact, those activities are happening right in their presence and they pretend not to be able to do anything about it. It’s no wonder the tourists do not want to talk to them. I guess they see all of them as accomplices for not standing up to their fellow countrymen and who can blame them for that. Stop hiding behind the police out of convenience and send a message to your fellow men in much the same way you do when you find them breaking in the neighbor’s house.

  27. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    That’s a good thing your’l doing keep on preventing people from visiting our country, me myself DON’T even want to c St.lucia and i will not bring my family there. NO WAY

  28. non voter
    February 20, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Where are the City cameras that the Gov. was so concerned about while in opposition? I still think they will go a long way in help with the situation in Castries.

  29. Anonymous
    February 21, 2017 at 3:19 am