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Locals to the rescue

by Kimberley Cummins

Jonathan Ince and Russell Solomon two of the four home town heroes.

Jonathan Ince and Russell Solomon two of the four home town heroes.

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.†

5 Responses to Locals to the rescue

  1. Marva Lashley-Todd May 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Kudos to the young fellows for their selfless act because the chaps could have retaliated and done them harm. At that time, just helping was their goal. I did the same thing too when a fellow on a bicycle snatched a woman’s bag near the bank under University Hill. I saw her pointing and my eyes catch the fellow trying to get away on a bicycle. I rode at him with my car horn blaring and he drop the bag as some people start to look out. As I was almost upon him, he just jumped on the bike and rode off.

  2. Mark Walkes May 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Great work!!! More Bajans need to act when they see these acts of theft and robbery taking place.

    Hope the assailants are caught. Things are very tough economically, but that is no licence to steal and rob. They should have felt a “burning” when they snatched the visitors possessions.

  3. Dolores May 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I wrote to the Board of Tourism and suggested instead of giving cash to attract tourists to the Island they have to really crack down on the crime in Barbados. I personally know many people who have been attacked, mugged, assaulted and robbed in broad daylight. These people spend many months of the year in B’dos so they will go back but first timers who have this happen won’t return and they will pass the word. B’dos cannot afford this and I hope the persons in charge won’t just sweep this under the carpet as they seemed to be doing for the last several years now!! It makes me mad and also very sad because I’ve been going to B’dos for half a century and I will go back but I hate the nervous feeling I have when I’m there now.

  4. Bajan Gal May 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Excellent work guys. Thanks and keep it up ! Too much stealing going on around here, times are hard but stealing from tourists and in general will just make things worse! We have to do our best to stamp it out! Work for what you want!

  5. Jon Farmer May 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Good news, hope the thieves are caught.


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