MAN STABBED, THROWN INTO EAST DRY RIVER
By Rachael Espinet and Nalinee Seelal Friday, August 23 2013
Even with heightened police patrols in East Port-of-Spain, criminals attacked a man as he walked along a street, stabbing him in the back and then tossing him into the East Dry River in broad daylight yesterday.
Paramedics had to drive off a road, down onto the concrete riverbed to attend to Garnet Stapleton, 28, who lay in a water-filled channel.
Stapleton, of Maracas, St Joseph, was walking along Town Council Street, at about 1 pm, near a row of leather craft shops, when he met three men and an argument began among them.
Suddenly, one of the men struck Stapleton in his head with a glass bottle which broke. His attacker began stabbing him in the back with the broken bottle, and Stapleton was then thrown over a wall into the dry river and left for dead.
A passerby who saw what happened alerted officers from the nearby Besson Street Police Station, who called for an ambulance before heading to the scene. The ambulance drove down into the dry river, and for a few moments the two paramedics and four officers, stood over Stapleton who lay motionless as his blood stained the ground.
Then a policeman helped the paramedics lift Stapleton, who was bareback and had on a pair of three-quarter black denim jeans, onto a stretcher, while the other officers looked on.
Watching from the street above, onlookers, already weary of murders in their community, asked, “He dead?”
When told the stabbing victim was alive, one woman exclaimed, “Good, I don’t want to watch another dead body.”
The woman then pushed through the crowd to watch the paramedics attend to Stapleton’s wounds, placing a bandage on his back. Stapleton grimaced, barely moving as he was placed on the stretcher and wheeled to the ambulance which drove out of the riverbed, and headed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, arriving at Accident and Emergency at about 2.12 pm.
Hospital sources said, luckily, Stapleton sustained superficial wounds to the head and upper body. His wounds were sutured and he was warded overnight for observations.
Officers of the Besson Street Police Station carried out a search for the three suspects, but although they were unsuccessful in locating the men, they were given descriptions of the suspects and said arrests are imminent.