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.
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.
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.