Thursday, April 18, 2024

TALKBACK: Cheers for two who made citizens’ arrest


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THE TWO MEN who nabbed a bank robber last Friday came in for high praise from both citizens and police.

Their swift action resulted in the young robber, who is reported to have been armed with a cutlass, being apprehended in nearby Batts Rock.

He had just robbed the University Drive branch of the Royal Bank of Canada.

While advising residents not to “put their lives in danger”, Inspector Lionel Ward of the Royal Barbados Police Force said he wished there were more citizens like them.

Online readers praised the two men, but also commented on the state of crime in Barbados.

René Holder: Glad to see the citizens reacting and stopping the guy from getting away. To be honest, it’s the citizens who will make the difference and keep us from slipping into a nation of crime and chaos.

Michael Leroy Doughlin: Fantastic work by the citizens; I pray that they are well. Evil always triumphs when good people do nothing.

Evett Hinkson Inniss: Good work by the two citizens; hope that they would be rewarded for the good work they have done. Young people need to do something constructive with their lives instead of looking for a quick buck at someone else’s expense.

Deon Knight: Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life.

Alleyna Brathwaite: Yeeeeesssssss, I love it!! I am glad they were not afraid to deal with a situation like this. If this continues to happen, people planning to rob or steal may think twice about it because they know that they may be caught in the end.

Brigitte Adams: Well done. Citizens might have to get involved now if we [are] going fix this crime wave, or authorities will have to step up security. A good guard dog at these places would cure all.

Bajan Eve: There is gainful employment out there for young men who can use a cutlass.

Drian Xyers: It is going to get worse. People not working and have mouths to feed; is asking for trouble.

Anita Hargreaves: Thank you to the two gentlemen who stopped the robber; more of us need to stand up for what is right.

Beverley Hunte-Springer: Excellent work by these two citizens. We need to help the police.

Terry Brathwaite: Persons seemed to believe that these citizens should not have gotten involved. I think we need to change our attitudes towards crime and criminals. Stay safe first and foremost, but be willing to get involved. A stranger may end up saving your life or the life of someone you hold dear.

Ryan Williams: I do agree that citizens should do their best not to get involved. Every bank is insured, and it makes no sense chasing a suspect who is armed and dangerous for something that will be replaced, even if you lost your life. The police are paid to protect us.


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