An American family visiting the island who were robbed at gunpoint in July along the Penn Hill Road in Manchester is pleading with those responsible to return their travel documents and house keys.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, natives are scheduled to return home shortly, and are appealing for the return of their documents, house and car keys.
G’nadine Grant, who was with her husband, daughter and friend when the ordeal took place on July 20 about 10:15 p.m., explained that the car they were travelling in had broken down when the gunmen pounced.
“A friend came to pick us up at the airport but the car broke down on the Penn Hill Road and we were there about one hour. Other persons stopped to help us but my husband is a mechanic so when they stopped he asked for a pliers but when they realised they had none, they would say they couldn’t help us,” she said.
Soon, another car stopped. The occupants seemed to be Good Samaritans but they had other intentions.
“The car passed to go up the hill and then shortly afterwards the same car came back down the road. They parked behind us on the road and pretended they were going to help us get the car started,” Grant recalled. ” My husband asked if they had a pliers and one pretended to go and look for a pliers while the others were there just lingering. Soon afterwards, one of them held a gun to my husband’s head and pushed him over into a ditch.”
Grant said there were four men but it seemed only one was armed with a knife and a gun. She said she and her husband were standing outside during the attack while her friend and daughter were seated in the car.
She said they were robbed of jewellery, cash, gadgets, their travel documents and keys. However, she is only concerned with the return of the documents and other more important items.
She estimated the attack lasted about five minutes. “It happened so fast,” she remarked.
Grant explained that shortly after the men left, a wrecker company they had been in contact with, her pastor, and the police arrived.
She is asking anyone who may assist with the return of their travel documents and house keys to contact 433-2057, or 896-0899, or any police station.
“Any police station, anywhere on the island, we will drive. That’s how urgent the matter is right now,” she remarked.
The Mandeville police confirmed the robbery and said the probe is still in progress.