In less than two weeks, suspected armed robbers carrying cutlasses, single barrel guns and automatic rifles reportedly stormed the Coca-Cola Factory in Soul Clinic Community, Paynesville once again pillaging the community.
Toos Dehgar, 35, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that the suspects climbed the fence and damaged the back windows of one of the buildings in the compound.
“While the rest of us were sound asleep, the armed robbers took advantage of our situation and held other residents at gun point as they broke one of the windows and made away with all the mobile phones,” Mr. Dehgar narrated sadly.
He added that one of the occupants of the two houses that were attacked lost most of the valuable items including an unspecified amount of cash.
According to Mr. Dehgar and Benjamin Lee of the White Fence Block ‘D,’ the suspected robbers also made away with computers including laptops.
In separate accounts, Dehgar and Lee recalled that a few weeks ago a lot of strange people frequented the Soul Clinic Community, creating mistrust in the minds of residents.
Mr. Lee, an electrical technician, said when he encountered the suspects during the recent attack, one of them attempted to amputate his left hand with a sharp cutlass that seriously injured his hand.
“After half an hour tussle the armed robbers succeeded in damaging the door and started beating on my wife with the back of the cutlasses that fateful morning,” Mr. Lee narrated.
When the robbers stormed the doors at the long apartment building, they used special locks to lock up the rest of the rooms, preventing the other occupants from coming to their rescue.
He said the incident has since been reported to the Soul Clinic Police depot which has launched an investigation into the incident.
“I must let you and the rest of Liberians know that we are living in constant fear as those suspected armed robbers have made it their business to come every night to steal our properties,” victim Lee lamented.
He suggested that the police and other security agencies step up their regular patrols during night hours in the various neighbourhoods.