A would-be carjacker is in custody and Police are hunting his accomplice, after their intended victim put up a fight and managed to detain one of his attackers.The accomplice did manage to make off with the white Toyota 212 car, HB 4955, belonging to Garfield Griffith, during a brazen midday attack on Wednesday.Guyana Times spoke with the 54-year-old Griffith, who resides at Crane, West Coast Demerara, and he related his ordeal.Garfield Griffith subdued one of his attackersGriffith told this publication that he usually engaged in construction work and when not doing this, he would operate his car as a taxi.On Wednesday, he went to a Nonpareil, East Coast Demerara (ECD) worksite where he was doing a construction job, along with three workmen.According to Griffith, about noon, the workmen decided to take lunch. They were seated under a nearby building, while he decided to sit in his car to take his lunch.He related that while taking his lunch, two young men, appearing to be in their mid-20s, rode up to his vehicle and enquired if he had any jobs available.Griffith stated that he told the young men he was unable to employ them at this point in time and they subsequently rode off towards the seawall.He said about 10 minutes later, he noticed one of the young men walking back towards the car.Griffith said he observed the other young man, also heading towards the car but from another direction.He added that the first young man to approach him asked if he had a ‘spanner’ to lend him, while the second one said to him “big man, we gah get wuk”.Griffith told Guyana Times while responding to the young men, he noticed one of them reaching into his crotch area and retrieved a bottle before throwing some kind of noxious substance on his face and punching him.Griffith said he was seated in the passenger seat of his car during the altercation, but as soon as the young man attacked him with the noxious substance, he immediately lunged out of the car and grabbed him.While he was wrestling with the young man, the other one jumped into the driver’s seat of the vehicle, started it and made good his escape.His accomplice was not so lucky, as Griffith did not relent and soon managed to overpower the would-be hijacker, who was subsequently tied up, and the Police summoned to the scene.Guyana Times was told that the young man has since been refusing to cooperate with the Police.Up to press time, there was no word as to whether his accomplice had been arrested.
The semi-nude body of a Canje, Berbice man was on Thursday morning discovered on the roadway.Ramlall Bassant’s body covered as residents and Police gathered at the scene of the discoveryDead is Ramlall Bassant, also called “Doc” and “Rope” of Lot 12 Goed Banana Land, East Canje.The 54-year-old unemployed man was discovered lying face up at about 06:30h by a passerby, who was on his way to work. The man was clad in a shirt and a pair of jeans that was below his waist. He was not wearing underpants at the time.The Police were summoned to the scene and an investigation was launched.The now dead man was last seen at about 20:00h on Wednesday evening leaving his mother’s home.Dead: Ramlall BassantBassant lived with his 81-year-old mother, Lilian Bassant. She told Guyana Times that she was asleep when her son left.His body was discovered at a street, which villagers refer to as ‘Pandit Runner Dam’; a place where his sister, Chandakaeali Bassant, said he never went.According to Chandakaeali, her brother had no reason to venture to that area since most of his outings were to a cousin who lives along the main access road, which is a few houses away.Bassant leaves to mourn two sisters and his mother.“He was with his mother since he born. He grow in this same yard; it is not easy for this family after losing one a few days ago,” the sister said.Police are investigating.