Man abducted and robbed by occupants of a vehicle he hit

Man abducted and robbed by occupants of a vehicle he hit

RBPF: Suspects were arrested and items recovered

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A man who accidentally hit another vehicle while driving on Acklins Street, Coconut Grove, was abducted, taken to his home, and robbed at knife-point by the occupants of the vehicle the victim hit, according to authorities.

The accident took place at 10 p.m.

Police said the victim hit the vehicle the men were in by accident.

The men, one of whom was armed with a knife, demanded cash before taking the man to his home on Newbold Street.

There, the men held the victim at bay and searched the home.

The victim was able to escape, according to authorities, who said the man ran to a security guard at a company nearby and called the police.

Officers arrested three men a short while later and recovered the victim’s property.

The incident was one of two armed robberies reported.

Authorities also reported that shortly after 1 a.m. a woman pulled up to a residence on Rhodes Street, Southern Heights, when a man held her at gunpoint and robbed her of her 2015 charcoal gray Honda Accord, cell phone and other items.

Earlier this month, authorities warned that women were being increasingly targeted as they arrived home or left home.

Between July 30, 2019 and August 3, 2019, nine women were robbed at gunpoint.

“Stop delaying yourself on the outside when you are coming from your car to your house,” Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash told Eyewitness News Online.

“If you are going inside, just go inside the residence rather than [lingering] around looking for items in your car and that sort of stuff.

“In addition to that; if you are carrying valuables and you are arriving home, I would advise you to alert someone who is home who would be on the lookout; once they pull up home, somebody would be there, present, to observe what is going on in the surroundings.”

Last month, police also reported a trend of individuals being robbed while walking late at night, particularly in the south and southwestern portions of the island.

In response to both trends, Cash said police have taken steps to increase police presence and saturation in relevant areas.