A 30-year-old man is now nursing a chop wound to his left hand after he was robbed of his haversack which contained cash by a cutlass-wielding bandit at Parika Sea Dam, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) late last night (Sunday).
The injured man, a labourer by trade, has been identified as Jerome Samuels who resides along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway.
According to the police, on Sunday around 22:00h, Samuels had been “having a few drinks” when the suspect approached with a cutlass and demanded that the labourer hand over his haversack which contained his money.
Samuels reportedly complied with the demand but although the suspect obtained the bag, he still dealt a chop to Samuels’ left hand, before he made good his escape on foot in the Northern direction of the crime scene.
HGP Nightly News understands that the injured man managed to subsequently make a report to the police and was escorted to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, West Coast Demerara (WCD), where he was treated and sent away.
According to a police statement, several persons in the area where the crime(s) occurred, were questioned and based on information received about an hour after Samuels had been robbed and assaulted, the cops visited the home of another 30-year-old labourer of Parika Sea Dam, EBE.
He was told of the allegation, and cautioned, but he denied the accusation.
The suspect was later arrested and placed into custody as investigations into the matter continue.