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Pensioners robbed

Sunday, April 27 2014

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Norris Jones, 71, at right, sits with his mother, Eulah Edwards Phillips, 89, centre, and his wife Lenora at their Marabella home where they were earl...
Norris Jones, 71, at right, sits with his mother, Eulah Edwards Phillips, 89, centre, and his wife Lenora at their Marabella home where they were earl...

THREE pensioners who are American citizens, were robbed at gun-point at their Marabella home on Friday evening by two gun-toting bandits.

One of the armed bandits pointed his gun and shot at one of the pensioners, but 71-year-old Norris Jones managed to dodge the bullet in time to avoid been shot in the head. The bullet from what police said was a .38 pistol, instead hit the glass window in one of the bedrooms where the pensioners were staying at Boodoosingh Drive, Marabella.

Jones, a retired fireman, however, was struck in the head by one of the bandits with the gun. Police officers from the Marabella Police station swung into action and apprehended the bandits, an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old.

“I don’t feel safe in this country as a senior citizen. In the comfort of my home, my castle, this little boy with a big gun came to rob and kill us. More needs to be done to protect the senior citizens of this country,” Jones told Sunday Newsday in an interview.

According to a police report, at about 2.45pm on Friday, Jones, his wife Lenora Jones,71, his mother Eulah Edwards Phillips, 89, and another female relative, were inside their home when two armed bandits entered the premises, announcing a hold-up. The two bandits were masked. One wore something similar to a ski-mask while the other had a bandana tied around his face. The men entered from the back of the family’s home, the report stated. At that time, Jones was in his bedroom while his wife Lenora and mother Eulah, were in the gallery.

While lying in bed, Jones heard his wife shout out for help. “I heard Lenora bawl out ‘Jones bandit in the house’. I acted immediately. I grabbed a cutlass that was in my room. But in minutes they entered the bedroom, pushing Lenora in front of them,” Jones said.

He said one of the men pointed a gun to his face and ordered that he drop the cutlass.

“They said, ‘Give me your money and jewelry or we will kill you,’” Jones said.

A scuffle ensued between Jones and the armed bandits, according to the report.

Lenora managed to slip out of the room, police said, and she ran out the house.

Pointing at a swollen spot to the right of his head, Jones said, “One of them hit me to my head with the gun butt. Then I saw the other point his gun in my direction and a shot went off. I looked behind and saw that the bullet went through the glass window.”

The elderly man told the Sunday Newsday that he felt like his heart was thumping in his chest, as the bandits cursed and demanded money.

Jones said, “I kept praying. But honestly, I did not show any fear. I was angry. When I attempted to grab the gun from one of them, I was thinking that today may have been my last day. But I was going down with a fight to protect my family.”

The armed bandits escaped on foot with jewelry and approximately $2,000 in cash. Lenora and Edwards Phillip went to a neigbour’s house where they were able to contact police officers from the Marabella Police Station.

“In about ten minutes there were about six police vehicles in the area. They blocked the area and began searching for the bandits. And then I got a phone call in less than 20 minutes that police had held the bandits,” Jones said.

“I want to thank these police officers. These officers showed dedication and devotion, they did their job. These police officers should be commended for their work,” he said. Police said that $89 was recovered, a watch and chain.

“It is a disgrace what happened here. These young black men are not interested in working; they only want to rob and kill. It is not right.

“And senior citizens are not safe in this country. I am calling on the Minister of National Security to do more to protect our senior citizens. Where are these children getting these guns from?” asked Jones.

Jones, a citizen of the United States, have been living in Trinidad for the past two years.

Police constables Ram, Gordon, Thompson and others are conducting enquiries.

The teenagers are expected to appear before a San Fernando magistrate tomorrow.

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