Locals to the rescue
by Kimberley Cummins
Real life super heroes.
This is how two Swedish tourists are today describing Jonathan Ince, Russell Solomon, Mark Farmer and Aaron Layman.
For years it has been said that tourism is our business and we should all play our part and in the present economic climate, this adage has never been more true. So last night when a bag belonging to the vistor was snatched from a table at a restaurant where they were dining, these men, all in their early 20s, had no hesitation in concluding that the culprits had to be stopped.
Recounting the incident to Barbados TODAY this morning, Ince said that around 9:30 while he and friends were driving along Hastings Main Road in Christ Church, heading in the direction of Oistins, they witnessed a man running in the direction of St. Matthias with items in his hand. At that time they noticed the female tourist screaming for help as her father lay on the ground bloodied after falling during his chase of the assailant.
Without a second thought, Ince and Solomon dashed from the back seat of the vehicle and began to chase the man who was running towards an accomplice who was holding a bicycle for him.
“Because he was holding stuff he couldn’t ride so fast and we caught up with him getting him to drop the stuff,” Ince said. “He tried to continue but Mark driving the car lick he hard off the bike but then he made a get away on foot. His friend had already rode off hard and left him.”
They recovered the female’s purse, shades and other personal property. Seeing what was occurring, an out-of-uniform Barbados Defence Force soldier called the police who turned up within 10 minutes and he was able to give a detailed description of the robbers.
Ince further stated that when they returned the items to the guests they were extremely thankful for what they had done. However, they questioned why such a thing would happen on their last night on the island.
The young businessman stressed he was not making the incident known for commendation.
He said: “I don’t want any publicity because of what we did or anything, I just want people to know there is bad out there but there is also a lot of good.
“The economy is down and things are tight. Barbados is no more dangerous than any other country but we have to protect our industry — everybody as Bajans should. I know crime can’t be stopped but we have to strive to curb it.”
Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force, David Welch this evening confirmed to Barbados TODAY that the incident did occur, however, the assailants had not been apprehended as yet and investigations were continuing. firstname.lastname@example.org†