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Businessman killed in Scarborough robbery attempt

By Karl Cupid and Marissa Williams Sunday, July 13 2014

A Trinidadian businessman who was shot in broad daylight in downtown Scarborough yesterday morning during what police said was a robbery attempt, died later in the day following emergency surgery at the Scarborough General Hospital

. Nigel Frasier, also known as “Redman”, originally from Trinidad and owner/operator of Redman’s Fashions, has been residing in Tobago for several years.

He was shot several times about the body at about 9.30 am at his businessplace, Frasier’s clothing boutique, is along Wilson Road near the Scarborough Market area, in the heart of the town.

Pedestrians and market shoppers scampered for safety as the shots rang out. One eyewitness to the incident claims to have seen three men fleeing the scene of the shooting, one wielding a gun in his hand.

According to police reports, Frasier, who is well-known for wearing a very thick, large gold chain with a pendant of Trinidad and Tobago’s coat-of-arms, was confronted by three men, one of them armed with a gun, inside his boutique.

A struggle ensued and Frasier was shot several times about the upper torso, head and abdomen. The men then fled the scene in a gold-coloured Almira, PCK 5539, which police suspect may have been stolen. A search has been mounted for the vehicle.

An All Points bulletin was issued shortly after the shooting and members of the public were alerted to be on the look out for the Almira.

The bulletin also warned that the occupants of the vehicle were armed and dangerous.

Frasier was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. He succumbed to his injuries at about 3pm yesterday.

Police could not immediately ascertained if anything was taken from the victim. Speculation is that the thieves were after Frazier’s gold chain.

Several persons at the scene of the crime could be heard expressing shock at the daring daylight attack. “What is going on in sweet Tobago? In broad daylight so and right in town? These people real brave boy. Like they don’t care about anybody or anything,” one man said.

Social media was also buzzing with comments on the shooting with Tobagonians expressing fear at the increasing frequency of serious crimes on the island and calling on the relevant authorities to say what plans they may have to ensure residents’ safety.

One Facebook user posted:

“We woke up to a different Tobago today.”

Up to yesterday evening, investigating officers were unable to offer a motive for the shooting. Investigations are continuing.

Meanwhile, police on Friday night seized 62 kilos of compressed marijuana which they discovered in bushes near a riverbank in the French Fort/Friendsfield area in Scarborough, during an exercise at about 9pm conducted by a combined team of officers from the Special Task Force and the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU).

Nobody was immediately held in connection with the drug-find. However, a man who was allegedly in possession of 500 grammes of compressed marijuana when he was intercepted by police in the area earlier that night, is said to be assisting police in their enquiries.

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