The prolonged screams of Ms. Amanda M. Hill, director of the non-profit organization Curekids, when a man entered her apartment Sunday morning, did not get the community’s attention because many thought it was a family matter, they told Daily Observer yesterday.
“If she had shouted that a rogue was in her apartment,” said a Gaye Town resident, “many of us would have rushed to her rescue.”
Ms. Hill said the unidentified man who entered her apartment about 3 a.m. Sunday, came through the back of the house “by removing beams and brackets and began to pack her personal effects.”
“I heard a sound that made me check in the apartment to see what was happening but I did not see anything so I thought it was a noise caused by a falling plum,” she said.
Back in her bedroom she returned to bed but was awaken by a man with a flashlight directed on her face. “I jumped out of bed and began to scream and yell for help,” she said, but neighbors thought it was a family feud.
She said the man who she only described as being huge, jumped on her bed and began to chase her around the room while she was screaming for help.
Ms. Hill said with no sign of help arriving, she thought she was going to die. She later discovered that the ‘huge’ man spent a considerable amount of time in her apartment packing her personal effects.
“Among items he took away were a bag containing my passport, US$120, a laptop that contains all my work, two bags, a television set, my daughter’s computer and three mobile phones, including an IPhone,” she said.
She said the man was also in her vehicle in the garage because police forensic officers, who arrived around 7 a.m., informed her that the man’s footprints were all over the place, including in her vehicle.
Although the police were called around 4 a.m., they only arrived at 7 a.m. with officers complaining that there was no vehicle available for them to have arrived earlier.
Neighbor Dr. Ajavon Cox told the Daily Observer that the time that it took the police to arrive at the home of the distressed is unacceptable.
She said in the wake of UNMIL’s drawdown and the government’s claims that everything is being done to secure the country, it is bad publicity when police officers cannot respond immediately to a distress call.
“Citizens deserve protection from their government,” Dr. Cox said, adding, “If those who are able to contact the police don’t get immediate help, what about those who are unable to call the police?”
Meanwhile, Mr. Peter B. Johnson, who was recently installed as chairman of Gaye Town Community, said he held a discussion on Saturday to reactivate the community watch team.
“With this incident happening, we have men together to begin the community watch,” he said. “All we need is for the community to join us to be able to take care of the boys.”