Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Canadian Tourists Attacked, Robbed In Castries

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Two Canadian tourists were attacked and robbed in Castries Saturday before noon.

David and Carol Goss were on their first ever visit to this country.

“Essentially we were on Crick Road looking for the the culture museum and couldn’t find it. Then we saw some people take a small road down towards the water and we followed them,” the husband told St Lucia Times.

He said someone attacked his wife from behind.

The wife described the assailant as being ‘decently dressed.’

“They grabbed her bag. The strap got broken. She got scratched on the face and the bag was taken from her,” David recalled.

David Goss

He said the assailant ran away.

The husband told St Lucia Times that unfortunately, the bag contained his wife’s personal identification, credit cards, debit cards, drivers license, health care and mobile telephone.

He said the bag also contained cash.

“The cash we can live without, but it is very awkward to lose your personal identification,”  David explained.

The Canadian tourists, who are in their sixties, have been here for one week.

The husband said they were supposed to spend another week here.

However his shaken wife said she wants to go home and vowed not to return to this country.

Carol Goss speaks with police officer near the Gros Islet bus stand in Castries

The visitors  said they have been staying in Soufriere but came up to Castries for the day.

“We have been delighted with the Saint Lucian people who have been so friendly and helpful during the first week of our visit and I guess we had relaxed and let our guard down. It’s unfortunately not a pleasant experience,” the husband told St Lucia Times.

“It’s just too bad because it’s such a beautiful, beautiful country.”

An eyewitness who spoke to St Lucia Times on condition of anonymity, said he saw the attacker running with a bag.

“I thought it was his bag, but then I heard them shouting and saying that they’ve just been robbed. So I shouted at the guy ‘Yo! Stop! Stop! Stop!’ But he didn’t. He ran towards the Cultural Centre,” the eyewitness disclosed.

He described the assailant as being a young man.

According to the eyewitness, another incident took place that same morning where a woman’s car was broken into.

The car was in the parking lot of the CDC apartment buildings, he said.

 

 

 

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33 COMMENTS

  1. Well dear visitor please dont just walk around the city,with your big bag full of documants,celular phones cash,why are you tempting the thieves.Apart from that the majority of you are no kids you have passed the age,you cant rreact fast enough,and there is nothing you can do phisically speaking to defend yourself.When you cant do this in New York,you expect to do it here in St Lucia? Visitor to be safe and be able to walk all around Castries you would have to be a holder of a gun license and carry a consealed weapon on your waist these days.We are no better or worse than New York,Chicago DC,.Just dont be an easy target,dont display wealth,and if you want to go to some specific area take a taxi,dont roam the streats

  2. These tourist are not rich people. They work hard and save money all their lives to enjoy their retirement and travel. This is what they get for vacationing in St. Lucia. Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government together with the Canadian travel agencies, travel websites and travel writers should discourage Canadians from visiting such countries as they are dangerous places to visit. These poor seniors could have been killed. Not good. It appears that the St Lucia government is not doing enough to protect visitors and their main source of their economy.

    • Much as I feel bad for the couple, no, the country is not a dangerous place. Even by their own admission, they felt, right up till this point, that Saint Lucia was very welcoming and enjoyable and when you consider that over 1 Million visitors come to Saint Lucia each year, we are relatively a safe place.
      Just like any other country – Canada included – we have areas where you are more likely to be a victim of this kind of crime. It is always advisable to take precautions with your valuables when in an unfamiliar place – use a separate pouch under your clothing, to secure passport, any extra cash and cards: this is what any government and travel site should advise travellers in general, wherever they travel.
      I’m sorry if they let this incident stop them from enjoying Saint Lucia for the rest of their stay and perhaps again in the future…I hope they are treated well for the rest of their stay.

  3. Crime and other antisocial behavior is inherent in every part of the world , and indeed in St.Lucia. Ironically, social scientists , at least one school of thought among them, are proponents of the “belief” that crime is a common symptom of affluence and prosperity, albeit among myriad other social conditions. This can hardly apply to the social condition of the peoples of our small struggling nation. But consider this. If , as is commonly suggested, crime in St. Lucia is attributable to the malaise of depravity and poverty, then it follows that improvements across-the-board will solve that social problem. By extension the nation’s level of affluence and prosperity will be improved commensurately.That is essentially a “catch-22″… six of one,half a dozen of the other. What aggravates and compounds this untoward situation is the indisputable fact that crime in St.Lucia is characteristically motivated by GREED, not by need; by unmitigated malice and anger, not necessarily by ignorance or even spontaneity. We as a responsible and mature people must stop tacitly condoning the ” sitting on the block , waiting for the silver platter to come ” that preoccupies a large sector of our able bodied youth, and instead mobilize and deploy them in a mandatory national service mode. Pave the way for our people to contribute in wholesome ,constructive ways towards the nation’s acquisition of affluence and prosperity . I would venture to suggest that people, at both the personal and community level, who have been engaged in the acquisition of national prosperity, would be keen on doing whatever they think it would take to promote ,preserve and protect the Nation’s Wealth and by extension, their personal lots in life. That would give new meaning to the typical ” this is my country” chant. That would be true patriotism. That certainly is not above and beyond the collective reach of our people.

  4. This is really a sad situation to come on vacation n get robbed period!!!
    Another red flag not only bcus the individual is a tourist n get robbed it should be highlighted just last week a family fren got robbed at gun point whilst speaking to me on her phone n other items which were stolen n she did report the matter to the police but it’s hush hush bcus she’s not a white woman/person so there n then stigmatization rare it’s ugly head once again.
    Another thing nothing is better than getting ur hard earned cash/salary but base upon the current economic situation in the country what can 4 25 per hour does to an individual who’s paying 500 per month for rent n has 2 children attending school. This is crazy…
    U hve persons who have qualifications n still the salary is ludicrous sad state of affairs for St. Lucia I pray for God’s guidance upon a beautiful n wonderful country I call my 2nd home ..

  5. It’s time we give some black water mercenaries a job here to ex out them criminals and go into hiding once the talk starts to run about O.R.C 2.0 and come back after 3 months to handle the rest. This shit is getting out of hand and if we don’t do something drastic we’ll lose all what we hold dear to us. Visitors are getting robbed, locals are getting robbed and murdered, poor people as well as the rich are suffering and you have a side of youth who seem to believe that all for of criminal acts performed by them is a joke and they have the right to perform theses criminals acts whenever they feel like. If we don’t stop this sooner or later we won’t have an island to call our home. People are actually living like prisoners in their own homes because of a minority of bad people. I say kill them all and done.

  6. These thieves have been getting away with their unlawful activity for much too long. No real progress can be made unless crime is drastically reduced. Banditry has become the order of the day. St. Lucia is vying closely with Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as the most crime ridden place in the Caribbean. The place is fast becoming a FAILED STATE. It’s unconscionable for the Minister of National Security to remain comfortably affixed to his present position while criminals are having the feast of their lives.

  7. I think it’s about time the minster of tourism starts educating the tourists that st. Lucia isn’t all that paradise as it isseem, and that we have a real life issue that is plaquing our island, they need to educate the cruise industry to let travelers know that once on island, they need to leave their personal documents on board and walk with very little cash, because this place isn’t all that safe as portraits.

  8. There’s no city police man on crack road for sure. And just remember you don’t let off your guard anywhere. If was me I’d ask a city policeman the directions and if it’s safe to walk or take a taxi. It’s another unfortunate incident.

  9. I’m St Lucian and I stay away from Castries as much as possible. The city is a cesspool of drunks, beggars, garbage, prostitutes, and thieves. Worst city in the Caribbean. Every visitor, I tell them stay away from Castries. It’s horrible.

  10. When the police was doing their job not the American. You all had to involved. Right now the police don’t care. Now people crying. St. Lucian don’t know what they want. American police do worse tell them handle they police officers and let us take of ours

  11. Criminals have no right to create a blacklist for their country. Their disgusting and ignorant behavior will certainly have a big impact on tourism and the islands eCobo my.

    There are several countries and islands already listed and visitors are being told not to go there. Enough is enough …. St. Lucia is a small island …folk know who the criminals are …apprehend them already; otherwise the island will suffer tremendously. When it rains everyone gets wet.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏..wake up people.

    • I admit this is wrong but let’s face it these tourism coming here and walking about like St. Lucia is heaven and nothing bad can happen. .. Personal if I go to another country that I an not familiar with I am sure as he’ll that I won’t be walking about anywhere. More things are happen in their country and it can’t compare to here. Thank you

  12. I am comming to st Lucia in a couple of weeks with my lady and will walk downtown and expect no such treatment .Should it occur i will be prepared though appear as a tourist, with us special forces training and adequately prepared with proper instruments if an assault occurs on us that unassuming tourist will respond with what the assaultant will not anticipate but long remember !

  13. My wife booked today for us visit St Lucia in March/ April for some winter sun as a surprise. I showed her the other recent news reports of murders and also this tourist robbery. She thought about it for an hour and we have just cancelled the flight, hotel and car. No penalties as within 24 hours of booking. Sorry St Lucia but we would have worried from now until we got back from the trip. We had hoped to be able to “walk anywhere” on St Lucia rather than be confined to a hotel so it’s best we stay away.

    Please show this to the tourist authorities if it helps.

    • Too bad. You missed a great vacation. I have been there 30 times and never experienced anything like what happened in this news story. Rethink your vacation based on 2 fools decision to blunder into a bad neighbourhood and get mugged.

  14. By Standers who witness that Crime Should give the police The information as to where that Jackass live .To have him arrested and Charged .This Country is infested with Crime and something Serious have to be done now because it’s almost too late for St.Lucia.

  15. People have to rob because there are no jobs. Yes i said it… Maybe Fortuna can give the robber a job or maybe the good christian Guy can give the robber a job. No.jobs more crime. Anyone with a tiny brain knows that…..

    • There are jobs. People have forgotten about working hard for their money. They start a job and then end up stealing or doing some crap to lose their job.

      People also forget that with no good grades you can’t expect a great paying job. Some of these no having grades people don’t want to do porter work, construction, garbage collection, etc. they want easy money. There are jobs out there. The lazy bastards just don’t want to work and get easy money by robbing hard working people.

  16. A By Stander must know the name and address of that Jackass.Give the police The information to have him Arrested and. Charge .These Thugs giving the Country a bad name and Something Serious have to be Done .The Country is in a mess when it Comes to Criminal Activity

  17. A By Stander must know the name and address of that Jackass.Give the police The information to have him Arrested and. Charge .These Thugs giving the Country a bad name and Something Serious have to be Done .The Country is in a mess when it Comes to Criminal Activity

  18. Where is the Cultural Museum???? If this is on a map it needs to be removed cause we sure dont have a Cultural Museum and even the Cultural Center ain’t have anything for a tourist or visitor to go view. It seems that Sans Souci area has become a hot bed for robbing persons, businesses and resiences so maybe the police should be making patrols on foot, bycicles and vehicles and making their presence felt in this area.

  19. Ladylol I am in no way supporting an illegal activity but some of you sound like my country is the worst .Take a look in the mirror it’s what your international criminals have taught to some of our week minded young men through your movies ,songs ,clothing etc (dats your culture)your people have damped your garbage in the minds and hearts of our young people now it a problem not only for you but for the rest of us who still have to live ,raise our children trying our best to instill good morals in them so my country may not be paradise to you but what ever good is left it is to some of us .So stop talking like where you are from is crime free even the pope admitted that priest held nuns as sex slaves (crime and criminals everywhere) lava

  20. It’s time for the police to start shooting the damn thieves and answer questions later. St Lucia is getting a terrible reputation and it’s only a matter of time before people start looking at other distinations.
    IMPACS have the police afraid to do their jobs. It’s time for the government to move forward with the results of impacs and put it to bed. Let the police start doing their jobs.

    We are suffering as a nation and the criminals know it. Why do you think they are so brazen. The system seems to be failing us.

    Sad times.

  21. Maybe the St Lucian Tourist Board should advise tourists where not to go. I have been coming to St Lucia for the past 32 years, maybe it’s time to look for another ‘Paradise’

  22. Them damn thieves need their hands cut but them visitors need to learn to ask questions. Just walking anywhere like crime don’t exist and when they get robbed they try to black list the country

    • Stop Victim blaming and stop making excuses like “crime dont exist”. This type of thinking allows crime fester in this country. We need a stop tolerance attitude to crime in society

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