It was a week of violence in the Spice Isle as armed men staged a robbery at Money Gram in Westerhall and others attacked a policeman on duty at the Ministerial Complex at the Botanical Gardens and took away his service revolver.
Police Officer, Venol Phillip who was conducting guard duty at the Ministerial Complex was attacked by three men-wearing mask who beat him in the head and other parts of the body and left him without his gun.
A reliable source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the policeman was accosted in the early hours of last week Thursday while stationed at the guard booth of the Ministerial Complex.
The source who spoke on condition of not being identified said that one of the masked men who was carrying a gun ambushed Phillip.
He said that one of the men sneaked up on the Policeman who resides at Grand Anse Valley, St. George’s from behind and caught him totally unawares.
The young Police Officer who had to do a brain scan was allegedly beaten by his attackers who took away the pistol he was carrying along with 15 rounds of ammunition.
A family member of the injured policeman was angry at the manner in which Phillip was treated by his own colleagues who took him into the Criminal Investigation Department CID for a debriefing session on the incident.
“They had the boy in CID questioning him for hours as if he was the one that did the crime. The boy needed medical treatment since he complained that they (the attackers beat him in the head”, she said.
The three men also took away a Blackberry Torch cellular phone valued at $600.00 that belongs to Phillip.
Meanwhile, Head of Security to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has fallen victim to robbery.
THE NEW TODAY understands that a vehicle owned by Cletus St. Paul, who was also the chief bodyguard to slain leftist Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, was broken into and a number of electronic items were stolen from it.
A well-placed source told this newspaper the vehicle, registration number HAA446 was parked last week Wednesday at Tanteen, St. George’s by St. Paul’s son, Clinton when it was broken into.
The items stolen included a laptop computer, one VHF radio, and one Radio Shack scanner.
Earlier in the day, two masked men armed with a gun and a cutlass made off with a substantial sum of money from the Money Gram Outlet at Westerhall, St. David’s.
The daring daylight robbery took place last week Wednesday just after 11:00 a.m.
According to a high level source without creating any alarm or suspicion, the men entered the administrative office in the upper part of Home Pride Bakery which houses Money Gram and demanded money from the cashier as one of them pointed the gun at her.
The source who does not wish to be identified said the men took away about $10,000.00 that was inside a drawer and then ran off into the nearby bushes.
A release issued by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) one day after the robbery said that three men were in police custody assisting the lawmen with their investigations.
One vehicle was also confiscated for investigative purposes.
However, up to the time of going to press no one was charged in connection with the Moneygram robbery, the beating of the policeman or the vehicle incident involving one of the island’s top security officers.