Horace Fisher, Gleaner Writer
From deal of a lifetime to near-death experience
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
WHAT INITIALLY seemed like a deal of a lifetime for two St Mary brothers became a near, death experience for them.
Al and Paul journeyed from their St Mary-based home to May Pen to purchase a motor car advertised in the newspaper, but ended up ambushed, robbed and pistol whipped by two masked gunmen in May Pen.
"We see the car a sell a May Pen, and when we come a May Pen to buy the car, a rob the gunman rob we and beat we up," mumbled Paul whose mouth was still bleeding from Monday's incident.
Al told The Gleaner that he saw an advertisement in the newspaper for a 1998 Toyota Corolla, selling for $210,000. He said, when they called the number, a female who identified herself as a nurse, said she was migrating and needed to sell the motor car immediately. A deal was struck on the phone and both parties arranged to meet at the May Pen Police Station Monday afternoon.
"When we reach the police station in May Pen and called the lady, she said she waiting on her niece, so we should come to the Tiger Mart to meet her. But when we got to the Tiger Mart and called her back, she said to us, 'just come down in a de lane and you will see me,' recalled Al.
He added: "When we go down inna the lane, two masked men jumped out on us with gun and started beating us up, so me give them the money fast, cause me nuh want them kill we."
The brothers whose cellphones and approximately US$2,997 along with $50,000 in local currency were taken by the masked gunmen, explained that the plan was to pay by cheque, but the 'nurse' said she preferred US dollars, because she was leaving the country in short order.
"In all, we did have about US$2,997, along with the J$50,000 on us, and now we lose everything, with we phones, and the man them say a lucky we lucky, because a kill them should a kill we," said Paul before he was taken to the May Pen Hospital by police personnel from the May Pen Police Station who are investigating the case.