Friday 10 July, 2020

Update: UWI student carjacked, forced to jump in drain

Update: A vehicle which was stolen from a University of the West Indies student on Thursday night has been recovered. The car, which is reportedly in good condition, was found in Aranguez with fake license plates attached. 

This discovery followed a public appeal by the woman's sister - a Facebook user by the name Tantalizing Tammy - which asked that people be on the lookout for the car. Good Samaritans subsequently identified the vehicle and contacted the Barataria Police Station.

In a short post to Facebook, Tammy said her sister was robbed of her Grey Hyundai Tucson, handbag and other personal items. She said her sister was traumatised as she was told to dive into a dark 5 ft drain by her attacker who appeared to be no older than 20 years. According to Tammy, her sister was told to stay in the drain for five minutes or she would be shot by someone else. She also noted that the young man did not act alone. 

The vehicle bears the number plate PCR 1744. Tammy asked anyone who saw the car to contact the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, the UWI, in a Facebook post, said it has been responsive to students' calls for improvements in safety and security around the campus. It said the improvements are ongoing and have been a collaborative effort with key campus stakeholders and the TTPS. 

There was no indication that the post was related to the incident involving Tammy's sister.

The University also shared useful tips to students on staying safe, especially with the impending examinations period. 

They include:

Knowing The UWI Police numbers: 662-2002 ext. 82120/83510

Never walking or jogging alone at night and avoid secluded or dimly lit areas

Report all suspicious persons and activity to The UWI Police

Students are also reminded that the Campus Security Escort Service is available on request: 6pm to 6am

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