Tourist robbed in Roseau, second in two days

robberyDominica News Online has been reliably informed that a tourist was robbed of her jewelry in Roseau on Wednesday.

This is the second such incident in Roseau in two days.

Wednesday’s incident occurred in the vicinity of Western Union.

An eyewitness, who saw everything unfold before her eyes, told DNO that she went to a nearby establishment with the aim of buying a pair of shoes.

While there she heard the owner shouting, “look they strangling a tourist on the road.”

The eyewitness said when she looked, she saw a man grabbing at the tourist’s neck and a brief struggle ensued.

The man eventually pulled off the tourist’s necklace and made good his escape.

The shaken and bewildered tourist, who appeared to be a visitor from a ship that’s now in port, eventually walked away in the direction of the Bay Front.

The eyewitness said no police appeared on the scene because apparently no one called them for assistance.

On Tuesday, a female tourist was robbed on Independence Street in Roseau.

Reports are that the tourist was in the company of another individual (believed to be her husband) when she started shouting for help.

At the same time, a young man was seen running towards the St Martin’s Primary School.

The police were called to the scene of that crime but by then the robber had gotten away with some personal items belonging to the tourist.

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138 Comments

  1. Tom
    March 9, 2013

    I have been a tourist to Dominica over several years. I have found the island to be one of the most wonderful places on earth (I was born in a concrete city). I have found the people to be pleasant to me and accepting of me as someone from another country – thank you Dominicans!

    So, you have one bad apple in the barrel. Sometimes the first reaction is to throw the barrel away, but then, all the other good apples are waisted. Why not just take the bad apple out?

    This criminal is a bad apple. You (all – police, community, family) must hunt him down and take him out before he spreads the disease to the other apples.

    Once you have taken him out, you must care for him and show him the way forward…. or hang him… there is no middle road.

  2. mm
    March 9, 2013

    what is wrong eith the young people, learn a trade, go back to plant the earth, soon no tourist will want to come to DA,ITS A SHAME. This why we have less ships coming in its going to get worst

  3. tracoe
    March 8, 2013

    this is very bad for our island and country we love our beautiful DOMINICA SON I GUESS THE TOURIST AND VISITORS WILL COME TO THEIR SENSES

  4. bad girl
    March 7, 2013

    what is wrong with this Dominica,I’m just so
    angry I am filling to say some bad words?

  5. Anonymous
    March 7, 2013

    Time to buck up Dominica! Roseau so small it should be easy to have police officers patrolling especially when ships are in port. Make yourselves visible man.

  6. March 7, 2013

    Hello my people. It saddens me to read about such robberies in town or anywhere in Dominica. How can someone commit such crime in broad daylight and just getaway like this. On many occasions I have read post which have requested more Police presence when the ships are in but it seems like its not being address. We need cameras at strategic locations to help supplement the Police Officers who are deployed because those type of incident isn’t good for our struggling tourism industry.
    I would like to know what is the manpower of the Police Department and who is the Chief of Police that is responsible for Roseau. It seems to me that this person is failing us and he or she should be demoted.

  7. Anonymous
    March 7, 2013

    The police need to show more presance when the ships are in , rather than blocking the streete for a protest, of five people, near d bs radio, i saw 12 police on every corner for a protest of five people, when they should be in town monitoring the thieves .

  8. Corrupt_Bastards
    March 7, 2013

    I think Skerrit should resign and bring more business friendly people to turn our economy around so people can stop stealing from tourists.

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013

      lolololol sorry Corrupt_Bastards, your comment won’t fly here because the one time you will find uwp supporters and labour supporters united together in full solidarity is in rejecting private sector and investment as there is a total lack of understanding of how private sector and investors work in building the real economy of a country.

      They think an economy is built on Government spending and aid monney :lol:

      Forgive them for they know not better.

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013

      When will you all stop your foolishness

    • /////////////////
      March 7, 2013

      I hereby appoint you Corrupt_Bastards the PM of Dominica so you can make your contribution not via your mouth so you can put your money where your mouth is and by action.

      :-D

  9. sphinx
    March 7, 2013

    that makes it some visitors less for next season ,apart from those who will get the message

  10. thiny
    March 7, 2013

    Can everyone read the comment at the top from tiny which is awaiting moderation..the one about jewelry and trini…….some people also use the name tiny…..i did not write it but how can I read it when it’s awaiting moderation?

  11. tiny
    March 7, 2013

    papamet!!! so when i come back home i wouldn’t be able to put on my jewelry? DA gettin like trini now man!

  12. D/CAN TO DE BONE(F
    March 7, 2013

    It a shame and disgrace of this happening in broad day light and possible witnesses and no one did or call the police. the police should be on duty during the tourist arrivival around the city . THE PRIME MINISTER , THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY OR THE COMISSIONER OF POLICE OR CONCERN AUTHORITY NEED TO DESL WITH THIS BLODDY TANISH SANISH SITUATION IN DOMINICA .

    This will hurt the tourist industry even further.

    I JUST RECOMENDE MY FRIEND TO VISIT MY COUNTRY AS PART OF THERE HOIDAYS BUT READ THIS ON LINE I IMMEDIATELY CALLED ME AND SAID THEY MINGHT CHANGE THEIR MIND ON GOIN TO DOMINICA.. THE AUTHORITY DO SOMETJHING OF THIS MADNESS

  13. Realist
    March 7, 2013

    Charity begins at home. Everyday many business places in roseau are broken into, many homes as well. Farmers crops are raided and people are deprived of their hard own possesions in many otherways. Dominicans as a people must show even greater outrage at these occurences. When the government, police and citizenry start paying attention to these self-violations then, they will create a culture which will by extension incooperate the tourists as well. If is only for tourists you want to stop crime, then crime will never diminuish in this nature isle.

  14. Joke all u make
    March 7, 2013

    When will DNO and the rest of the media learn…Do Not post these things online…You doing sooo much more harm than good, let the police crack down hard on these offenders.

    These things happen in other countries but only Dominicans post it online like a badge of honor…then wonder why we can’t get more cruise lines down here..SMFH

    • Orchid
      March 9, 2013

      Actually they are not posting it as a badge of honour. People are rightly disgusted at the breakdown of society, and this needs to be addressed. Dominica has little going for it, it has abandoned agriculture and the little tourism it gets it seems to want to lose it. the situation needs to be addressed and fast

  15. Bluuuuhhh
    March 7, 2013

    In Possie we had problems with security of the yachts, but now we have PAYS Portsmouth Area Yacht Security. It is a charity. The yachts donate money and the young men who perhaps would have robbed the yachts (those with boats obviously) are now caring for their safety.

    They have an interest to see the yachts are safe. they WANT to help and they get paid and are involved. That is a HUGE thing.

    In Roseau could have similar thing. Youth on the streets who are trained to help (maps and things) the tourists on cruise days. if anything happens they are there to help or report the crime on the tourist behalf.

    A smiling helpful young man can have a huge effect on a tourist in need. They will see that NOT ALL of them youth a waste of time and will say good things about DA.

    In Possie the number of yachts is growing … that is the proof.

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013

      Thats a fact Bluuuuhhh! Good points!

  16. tro
    March 7, 2013

    I think cameras should be installed at strategic locations…it may be a bit costly to implement but it will serve as a huge deterrent and also it will assist in capturing the persons committing the crimes.

  17. Justice and Truth
    March 7, 2013

    This is shocking and will be a great blow to Dominica’s tourist industry. This should never have happened. Something must be done about that. I feel for the tourists.
    Rest assured Dominica will receive a bad reputation from this. They will never return to Dominica and who knows other West Indian islands for that matter. It is scary and gives them a bad impression of the country when such a thing happens to them. It diminishes their vacation enjoyment.
    Minister of Tourism and all concerned in the tourist industry you must do something about this if you wish tourists to continue to visit DA. You are aware that criminal activities have increased through the years and the tourists will be preyed on and attacked. Their lives could be in jeopardy and there could be fatalities.
    When there is especially a tourist ship in the harbor, why was there no police patrol in that vicinity or close by in the main areas of Roseau? These visitors must be protected.
    The travel agencies must have given the tourists an excellent profile of Dominica as a beautiful, friendly, welcoming and safe place to visit. If only they knew. They will return to their country and report their disappointing experience of what occurred to them. This may result in a loss of tourism for the island. It is a serious one not to be taken lightly.
    If this occurred to you in another country would you encourage others to visit that country? News travel and so do bad news, far and wide.
    Consider that the tourists may be important people in their country. This news may be relayed to the general Media which will be broadcasted and published. As I always state, think further and beyond on how this could affect Dominica’s tourist industry.

    • Officer
      March 8, 2013

      Tourism is everybody’s business, it is not only that of the police. The police cannot be everywhere at the same time. We should all play our part as good citizens. If a tourist is being robbed, you just stand there and say look a tourist is being robbed and do nothing. Citizen’s arrest do exist. Arrest the individual tie him and call the police. Help us the police so we can help you. Don’t stay there and do nothing then blame the police. you should be feeling guilty that you did nothing to help the helpless tourist and protect our already fragile tourism industry.

  18. Kalina
    March 6, 2013

    This is so sickening i don’t even know what to say. But honestly when they get caught, and they will… Please don’t give them bail. The justice system is too lenient on criminals here.

  19. Don't Edit
    March 6, 2013

    geez, lawless nation, hence the reason i won’t be coming back to that place. I was born there.

    • Mizz J
      March 7, 2013

      We don’t need any more of you idiots here. I hope wherever you are, they welcome you as one of their own.

    • Too Hard Too Long
      March 7, 2013

      I wonder if our nation is more lawless than the one you adopted?

    • Openeyes Observer
      March 7, 2013

      This is a very sad thing that is happening in Dominica. The police and Tourism boards need to address these issues as a matter of urgency, beforeit all gets out of hand. However, a sad statement to say that you would never return to the beautiful island where you were born.

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013

      What makes you think we did not say good riddance when you left.

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013

      i can understand that – i certainly wont be returning . It may be beautiful but if you look at little deeper it really not nice place.

    • March 7, 2013

      Don’t Edit.

      Hello, I don’t believe you are from sweet Dominica. I am certain that wherever you are have more crime than Dominica. I didn’t give you a thumbs down because that’s to good for your post. Thanks. We love sweet Dominica.

      • Pas La
        March 8, 2013

        I gave you a thumbs up, but the problem with Dominica is that because it’s so small and intimate, you can’t run to a “good” neighborhood or stay away from the ghetto in order to “feel” safe. I love DA, but I don’t feel safe there anymore. Plus, the justice system is a joke. Folks get more time for stealing than slicing and dicing each other. smh.

  20. March 6, 2013

    Very sad…Sad..sad..stories…
    I told you’ll what needs to be done…People you’ll need to come together as a nation,bring your cats,dogs,goats,sheep,birds,parrots etc.
    And everyone take to the streets daily in mass demonstations,peacefully,demanding that all those responsible for fixing the mess steps up and make
    the changes or create the laws to deal with the
    problem.
    I tell you why don’t the authorities ask the chinese to help them build a bigger prison down
    at Pond Case.The chinese built them stadium,high
    ways,state house.I’m sure they won’t hessitate
    to build Skerrit a hugh new jail house.
    They could still use Stockfarm,part for juveniles
    and the other part inmates holding cells before their hearings.
    When the matter is heard,if it’s guilty,the inmate
    is then transfered to the big slammer down at Pond
    Case..Adios Amigos..
    It should be fenced all around with three distinct wire fences,five to six feet apart from each other,with the middle fence electrified,post
    warning signs on the outter fence as well as on the extreme inner one.The inner one should be wall
    with spike wire on the top,possible electrified as well.
    You see where there is development it got to be across the board.Stadium,high ways,Palaces
    A bigger hospital should follow,a bigger slammer,
    bigger schools,bigger Police station,bigger Fire house and so on…and so on…
    So people,it’s time to take to the streets,in down town Roseau, and let you’ll voices be heard
    loud and clear.
    From what I can see or understand,it’s not just a
    Skerrit problem,Police problem,it’s a Dominica problem,everyone stands to suffer from it.
    And there is no excuss for the person/persons who are carring out such crimes.Youth,grand-pa,
    grand-ma,just no excuss.
    Take to the streets,peaceful though,and…
    GOD BLESS

  21. Anonymous
    March 6, 2013

    I hope the Minister of Security is taking note. Send the police officer to patrol the street instead of sending all of bthem up to Parliament where three Dominica protesting for there rights.

  22. Realistic opinion
    March 6, 2013

    These types of crimes are going to definitely affect the destination. There are many police officers at the bayfront when a cruise ship is in port. So move these officers on the streets in town. If the police force is under staff,the bus drivers,security guards and the vendors will police the bayfront

  23. "O" STRESS"
    March 6, 2013

    Not surprised at all. Saw it coming, and sadly it`s just going to escalate going forward, Imagine! the Deportee`s have not landed. That situation must be arrested before we are black listed and our tourism industry vanishes. All I can say in our Days things were different. Day light Robbery in the middle of Roseau?? and the culprit ran away?? We are going down slowly. Lord guide and protect us.

  24. March 6, 2013

    am young to jus 22 and theirs no one tat the youts can go talk to they all turn us down wen it coms for work.ive been through tat and it aint easy to see u want to do something with ur life and no ones their o help u so i can never vex with wats going on :-P :-P

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013

      Learn to sructure your sentences properly and spell.

      • Anonymous
        March 7, 2013

        It seems to me that you and other see to be more concerned about grammer and punctuation that you are about what he is trying to say -show some respect

    • ok
      March 7, 2013

      Well I’m sorry but you probably wasted your time in school and can’t present a proper application. Just look at your spelling.

    • A joke dat man
      March 7, 2013

      Well u not ez one day it might just a tourist dat can handle de thief! and it will end up just right….

    • March 7, 2013

      Hello young man. Look at your writing and spelling because the answer to your unemployment is infront of you. You are endorsing criminal behavior and you have limited skills so what do you expect. You have access to a computer try taking some online classes or better yet learn to be an Auto Mechanic, Electrician or Plumber. I still see some potential in you because you took the first step in asking for help but you can’t endorse those type of destructive behavior.

  25. March 6, 2013

    wel dont no y they have all dem police in da force..wat happen drugs alone they want to fight down… :-x

  26. Disappointed
    March 6, 2013

    It is with dismay that I write this comment, but I am left to wonder whether there is any coordination with the police force per the amount of uniform/plain clothes police officers that should be walking the streets of Roseau when cruise ships are in port. I believe that we cannot ask tourist to come to our country, and the police are not strategically walking the streets, first to deter incidence of crimes (uniform police), and undercover cops to present the surprise aspect for criminals to be caught committing crimes. I called the emergency number 999 to report a crime in progress when the first couple was robbed, but the person on the line which I presume is a fire officer was unable to connect me quickly. I saw a bus driver running after the suspect, but was unable to catch up with him. Finally, I believe the Roseau City Council needs to form a citizen patrol group of willing participants to report incidence of crimes during tourist season. They should not engage the person to risk being harmed, but to merely provide the police with details of the person committing the crime. The former will have to be trained by the police to perform their duties. I love my country and it would pain me to see a few individuals make it more difficult for tourist to come to enjoy Dominica’s beauty. Let’s do this!!!

    • watch dog
      March 7, 2013

      The chief is busy firing his work force. These are the things that needs to be take care of. But being uneducated i expect nothing less.

  27. mimi
    March 6, 2013

    Cause and effect, stop all boats, make record drug bust for 2012, no more export of goods to neighboring islands and that’s the result.
    People still got rent and bills to pay and no source of income, legal or illegal. More to come, I am not proud about it but it is what is it (reality).
    Mr. Dominica, you building state house, building highway, ever thought of a little avenue for you youth? a small path? Ever thought that the youth need to earn a living too? Well if you didn’t then I am telling you they do.
    I know I will receive a lot of negative comments from the people who are incapable of understanding my message but for those who can understand Please ask Mr. Dominica to do something about the youth.

    • Pas Las
      March 6, 2013

      You can’t justify criminal behavior. End of conversation.

      • mimi
        March 6, 2013

        wasn’t trying to justify, i am just saying that there are consequences of actions. and we as a country should look at the entire picture before making a decision. look at the benefits and flaws.
        But i can see you are one of the “can’t understand) so i don’t fault you. :-|

      • Anonymous
        March 6, 2013

        Mimi. I wonder if you would.be so understanding if that tourist had been you.

      • Justice and Truth
        March 7, 2013

        Short and sweet, down to earth and to the point. :)

      • Anonymous
        March 7, 2013

        Great! Go tell that to your politicians and looking forward to a huge Labour loss in the next election!!!! :mrgreen:

    • March 6, 2013

      ur not lieing their is nothing for the youts.some of dem dont no wat its like to wake up in the mornin an u aint got nothin to eat or no work to go and do :!:

    • not in
      March 6, 2013

      My brother…. who is Mr. Dominica for you… We all make Dominica…Good is Good and bad is Bad…A young person is able to create a job and to survive with instead of running after easy life…Let us sit back, watch ourselves instead of watching somebody else…AS yourself a question: “What would i do better if i was at that place” if you can answer that, it means u can make a change and if u cannot, sit back and think twice…. I am Dominican, you are Dominican, and we all are Mr. Dominica…

    • Justice and Truth
      March 7, 2013

      Mimi, your bleeding heart does not serve Dominica and its nationals. It is a waste of time.
      People must also help themselves. They cannot depend on the government to assist them and consistently so. Some people are habitual thieves/criminals and it appears nothing will stop them. They are godless and “waterless springs”, the latter as stated in Holy Scripture.
      Now, revert to the manner they were brought up by their parents. What type of discipline they received? How were they disciplined? What examples were they shown? Did they ever attend school or complete school, at least, elementary school?
      There are some people who do not care. They love a life of leisure. They are/were disobedient to their parents. In general they are lawless people. If caught, this is why the punishment should fit the crime and they should not be allowed in the public domain.
      Cease making excuses for them. If they cared about Dominica, its people and their well-being they would not resort to a life of crime. If they were concerned about Dominica and its progress including the tourist industry, they would not steal from and harm the tourists. They are wicked, uncaring and selfish people.
      Let me further inform you, when those people and their parents stand before God, if their parents did not nurture their children appropriately, and cause them to go astray, even as adults, they will pay the price for all eternity. If those criminals are fully responsible for their actions from childhood, God will hold them accountable. Therefore, contemplate on this and cease blaming the government. Nationals are responsible for themselves. They owe something to society and not the other way around. The problem with people as you, some of you speak/write without thinking.

      • WEY
        March 7, 2013

        are you the same justice and truth with the other comment

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013

      mimi, I agree with you. Dominicans don’t understand cause and effect so they will conclude that you are being understanding as opposed to simply pointing out the consequences of actions and lack of actions.

      Leave them to ogle their concrete buildings while their gwyaying getting more gwyayingER :mrgreen:

  28. hallie berrie
    March 6, 2013

    we all have to pay for it. Tourism is everybody’s business. i dont know what is wrong with the young men. they getting away too easily in the courts so they have a dont care attitude.

    • March 6, 2013

      not all of them that dont care,if it had more work for the youts u would see a cahnge.but i cant lie some of them jus mischivious…

    • ....................
      March 6, 2013

      If our leaders are getting away why shouldn’t the young men get away?

  29. T mama
    March 6, 2013

    I am sure thee were men around who could have gone and grabbed the guy or hit him with something..I would have done it…..it,s not the POLICE alone all citizens have to police too…..

    • Bluuuuhhh
      March 7, 2013

      Yes really. It is a small country with a small population. We all know who it was in our own areas.

      Roseau is no different. Somebody could have helped. The lady obviously did not want to spend the rest of her stay at the police station talking to unhelpful, disinterested policemen.

      Shame on Roseau. Sort it out.

    • Dominican
      March 7, 2013

      This is what I was thinking…Roseau is always heavily populated especially on cruise ship days…no one could have attempted to stop this thug or give chase?….police presence is needed to deter this type of thing, and we all need to be our brother’s keeper….

  30. simplicity
    March 6, 2013

    Wow…cant believe no one helped .. By western union always have people…greens, Whitchurch, garage near by…just wow

  31. Truth.com
    March 6, 2013

    The people who saw the crime should call police who could address the issue before the boat leaves the port. If they didn’t have a phone borrow someone’s to call the police. The poor tourist maybe was so overwhelmed she went back to the boat where she feels safe.

    I really hope the tourist made a complaint on board and the appropriate officials on the island was contacted. This is very disappointing!

  32. Jimi Hendrix
    March 6, 2013

    Why aren’t there more police officers patrolling the streets of Roseau? It is not like Roseau is a big city.

    Tourism is the lifeblood of Las Vegas. I have never been there and not see cops on the strip. I feel very safe in Vegas because the cops are VISIBLE.

  33. nature Girl
    March 6, 2013

    Well everyone is out on bail right???

    It seems that there is no deterrent for criminals! So if you don’t do the time do the crime????????????

    • Bluuuuhhh
      March 7, 2013

      I am sorry to say that you are right.

      DA is joke man.

  34. thiny
    March 6, 2013

    seems like the government need to give cameras to the public..everything digital now so taking pics wll be quick…

    every one must carry their cameras in their hand prepared to take out pic when situation like that arise..cause they refuse to put police to patrol the streets

  35. Shameful
    March 6, 2013

    I think we should start doin like the arab states a tooth for a tooth. When they catch these guys they should ask them long sleeve or short sleeve

    • Muslim_Always
      March 7, 2013

      There is radio program every Thursday on DBS educating people about Islam for the last 10 years, what do you people care? Please save the crocodile comments about Islamic countries, thanks.

  36. ok
    March 6, 2013

    The eyewitness and the owner of the store could offer help. Everyone have BB in Dominica, no one took a picture?

  37. dhestini
    March 6, 2013

    every yr so many pple being recruited to join the police force. yet u can never c one police officer patrolling the city particularly when there r cruise ships in port. there r establishments right on the bayfrnt (ie restaurants), n i’ve personnaly seen ‘paros’ grab the tourists drinks, or push their hands in their plates. there r those that will follow the tourists up n down begging for a dollar, n nobody’s there to stop them. that shld be a bassic job requiement for the police. guarding n protecting an industry thats already hanging by a thread. if is to pass around give pple parking tickets u’ll c them at every corner.

    i have tourists asking me if it is safe to walk couple blocks up to whitchurch or save-a-lot to buy some snacks cuz they’ve heard stories. i mean c’mon, we cannot allow that industry to sink like the rest. these petty robberies r not things that shld be happening right in the middle of the city so close to the ships in broad daylight.

    • not in
      March 6, 2013

      Well… look where u see more than one young high school girls standing and u will see them there… disgusting !!!!!

  38. Jaime Lewis
    March 6, 2013

    This is totally unacceptable. We need citizens’ patrol to help the police. Everyone needs to be on high alert particularly when tourist ships are in port, otherwise we will lose what little we are getting from that industry. People cannot simply stand by and allow thieves to take us down. Citizens need to stand up; keep a bat in your store and if you notice someone attacking someone else, run out with the bat and knock him down. We cannot be observers. We have to act.

  39. RDD
    March 6, 2013

    Stop it Dominicans! Just STOP! When I read things like this it’s hard for me to promote Dominica as the fun-loving, safe, peaceful place I grew up in. Every other day it’s, “man found dead” “a robbery occurred there” “they’ve killed someone over there”. This is getting ridiculous now. DOMINICANS please stop harassing the tourists. We can’t promote Dominica as a great Eco-tourism destination and we’re biting the hand that’s feeding us. I’m here being an ambassador to my country (as we all are) and my people by encouraging people to come to Dominica, and the first thing I see when I come online is news like this. STOP THE NONSENSE PEOPLE!!!

  40. hmm
    March 6, 2013

    And what did the witness and the store owner do?
    Did they try to help after the fact?

    Did they even approach the tourist and try to assist …reassure her?

    DoinG nothing is not any better.

    Having said that,I am ashamed right now, not of the the witness but of the robber.

    this is WRONG and CANNOT continue. It must be stopped

  41. grell
    March 6, 2013

    when the cruise ship starts to pull out then they will feel it.busy town of roseau no one came to this lady shame on dominica,believe me the cruise ship will pull out shortly. :twisted:

  42. Dominician Born
    March 6, 2013

    I travel to Dominica on a yearly basis and I am letting the authorities know now, that if I am attacked by one of these so called damn thieves, I will put blows on them as I will not be wearing a t-shirt letting them know that I am a martial art expert.

    • say sa meme
      March 6, 2013

      I am a Dominican female, visiting last year, I got attacked by a Parro for no reason. He did not even beg, did not say anything, Just punched me just like that in the middle of Roseau. Now if I had given him what I really felt like giving him, somebody would try to blame me? If one is attacked, they have the right to respond however they feel is best and comfortable for them, and if it involves really hurting that individual that attacks you, then NO questions should be asked. Some may say its taking the law in your own hands, but where is the law enforcers when you need them. When I was attacked, there was NOT one policeman in sight, and I walked all the way down by the old market, and then to the magistrate’s court before I found a policeman in the magistrate’s court compound. now if I had knock down this guy and somebody had to pick him up, bleeding, they would want to charge me, when I was minding my own business.
      How do you think the tourists feel, being attacked on vacation in a strange place. Do you think they will have anything good to say, will they come back or encourage there family and friends to come back. I hope the minister of Tourism and the Discover Dominica people are reading this. Mr. Douglas and Mr. Piper, you all are wasting your time if you are trying to bring ships with visitors here to be treated like this.

    • Too Hard Too Long
      March 7, 2013

      Go ahead. I will not blame you.

  43. eyes to see
    March 6, 2013

    the prime minister have not responded to these matters nor the minister for tourism and the minister for security this should be addressed instantly and a apology sent to the ships captain…

    when the slander start and ships start to pull out then we will say something else or blame someone else.

    please you could not tell me that someone cannot get their hands around 50 000 people to ensure safety of individuals? tourist and Dominicans alike.

    note of the day : there is no such thing as a free lunch…

  44. Fed Up
    March 6, 2013

    Someone with the name Dominican Woman made a comment about cameras yesterday some fool thought that was not good. Dominicans wake up we have to protect the tourist, they are some of our daily bread.

  45. MrSoutCity
    March 6, 2013

    They will learn when the ships start pulling out citing safety concerns.

  46. Anonymous
    March 6, 2013

    We need increased police presence on the roads period ! We are already having less and less ships stop in Dominica ! One Saturday in Roseau some young man felt comfortable running up from behind and grabbing my phone and running away with it. Something has to be done with these people. If someone can feel comfortable enough to do that to people in broad daylight, what will they do in the cover of darkness ? They will tackle the wrong person though and they will get mess up !

  47. yay-z
    March 6, 2013

    Maybe its the same culprit. I know he will be apprehended. All we have left is tourism and they want to tarnish the country’s image like that. ebeh nous fini batt

  48. March 6, 2013

    One chivalrous by stander could have stopped it but didn’t. Now a tourist who will never come back and countless others who will think twice.

  49. Bewildered
    March 6, 2013

    DNO, was this story verified in anyway, or are you all relying on the information from one “eye witness”? I find it troubling that this would have happened in the heart of Roseau and no one moved to do something about it, not even the so called eyewitness and the business owner!!

  50. thinker
    March 6, 2013

    It look like the place has gone to the dogs.Where are the ‘public protectors’ of the streets? Shame

  51. March 6, 2013

    the problem with us here, we just stand and watch.nobody will not say stop or call the police.

  52. Parker
    March 6, 2013

    no justice, just us….. but the person that rob me it can be one year later they will lay down ICU

  53. One Mile
    March 6, 2013

    Man have to eat, it doh have no work. So if you making it, I taking it.

    • SNIPAH
      March 6, 2013

      Hope you taking from the rite person because when you take from me ill give you more to carry

    • beholder
      March 6, 2013

      Paro. Go help pick some fruit you lazy mo fo.

    • March 7, 2013

      Ok, I hope the Police get your information from your service provider and find out who you are because you are telling us that you are a criminal. A thumbs down is to good for your post. Is people like you that is destroying our country.

  54. OVERSEAS
    March 6, 2013

    Thigs are already so hard these days. If the tourist dont come out the ship then what.

  55. badrep
    March 6, 2013

    These criminals need to start robbing Dominican, and maybe something will be done, everybody looks the other way, the police, jury, lawyers and magistrates do not want to send anyone to prison since they are probably related or related to someone who is related to the accused in some way since everybody on the island is related. Stockfarm is a club med where you come out fatter than you go in but in the mean time roseau is dirty, the coast is dirty with rubbish everywhere yet you have fat prisoner. Put a china man as chief of police or magistrate and see how fast all that nonsense will stop

  56. Concern Dominican
    March 6, 2013

    This is getting out of hand. We cry because of the few cruise ships that has pulled out of Dominica. The few that come here and our tourist are being robbed. That my cry to the state of Dominica do something before its to late…One tourist robbed is another family suffering. STOP CRIME AGAINST OUR TOURIST…

  57. non resident
    March 6, 2013

    nothing really special, what tourists should know is that they visit typical 3rd world banana republic: no effective police, no investigation, nobody gives … about anything, even if you report and police alas caught a criminal, he most likely walks away from the court with 1500 EC fine…its better for Dominica to concentrate on less sophisticated activities which doesn’t require to respect tourist and people in general such as agriculture or fishery…tourism is for places with another mentality

  58. my take
    March 6, 2013

    What a sad situation..Hope it ends with the thief being caught eventually..But where are police officers when you need them anyway? They are too busy giving ridiculous tickets and adjusting the traffic laws to raise funds to pay their 1% salary increase..Shame shame shame..

  59. intoxi
    March 6, 2013

    Cold and heartless…. And then you going to tell me the judge tell him to pay 1000 dollars because he pleaded guilty and the famous cliche’ “Oh he did not waste the courts time”. I say fire burn that rude boy must be SHOT!!!!

  60. silverdred
    March 6, 2013

    no police once again. they too busy doing nothing .should they not be on the street . it hurts to hear whats happening in sweet da.soon boats will stop comeing :(

  61. Too Hard Too Long
    March 6, 2013

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the SAME person doing that. He succeeded yesterday so he try it again today and he will try it again tomorrow. It would have been good to get a description of the jewelry so police could at least track that. Hopefully they were called when she returned to the ship.

  62. Simple
    March 6, 2013

    There we go again. Don’t worry!!! One these rascals will attack the wrong tourist one day then they will know.

  63. street side
    March 6, 2013

    Why do Dominicans pretend?

    Dominicans are hard headed citizens…

    They know of the massive ills in the Society and Remain silent at all levels..

    The Host of “Between you and Me” must continue the Call out process of Policy Makers and citizens who Can make a difference and call Justice in all Angles…

    Society in Dominica has lost it’s way, Due Excessive Greed, hate and Evil motives.

  64. March 6, 2013

    Nobody seems to give a rats to help the tourist out, the store owner “look they strangling a tourist on the road.” WHY DONT YOU STEP UP LIKE A MAN, RUN OUT THERE AND HELP! I live in Toronto,. nearly 15 years ago I watched a purse snatcher in action on Younge Street, a touristy area. My human nature reaction was to run and chase the bastard down,. he ran real fast northbound. I ran like a mad man after the thief, I finaly made ground on him, and when I got the opportunity I gave him a solid drop kick to his back, he went down like a sack of potatoes. I beat his ignorant on the ground until my friend who I was with caught up to me and helped me hold the theif to the ground until the Police showed up. The little old lady that got her purse snatched was so thankful for what I did, she was in tears. I did my good deed, the theif got cuffed and taken away, and the Police thanked me even though I had got physical on the dirtbag giving him that beating on the ground. A very memorable day in my life and something I can always feel good about. Where are these type of people in Dominica? The PATHETIC store owner just WATCHES, doesnt help and doesnt even call the police??? My god what pure ignorance…

  65. MADNESS
    March 6, 2013

    I am really shamed to be a Dummy-in-a- can

  66. precious
    March 6, 2013

    jail them and throw away the keys

  67. Nature isl
    March 6, 2013

    :( Its geting out off hand, Do something before its tolate.

  68. justice
    March 6, 2013

    hhhmmm….d devil trying to come through my Dominican ppl now….long gone are the days they use to beg for d dollar..now is grap it and run….i rebuke u satan!!!

  69. March 6, 2013

    permit me to ask what is the big deal. if caught our court system will either make him a security guard on the bayfront or send him on a caribbean cruise all expense paid.

  70. Mr vibes
    March 6, 2013

    Its a sign of the times And Unfortunately This Is The Same Sort Of Thing That Has Ruined The Tourism Industry In Other Parts Of The caribbean Dominicans We Need To Stand Tall And Do Not Allow This Type Of Behaviour To Become A Normality In Our Little Island

  71. Solo
    March 6, 2013

    No law, no constitution can’t stop them. That’s what they learnt.

    • Bewildered
      March 6, 2013

      How stupid can we get as a people? Such comments will never help in moving this country forward, shame on us!!!

    • duet
      March 6, 2013

      solo you now have a back up.. DUET!

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2013

      Why do idiots like you use evry opportunity of an unfortunate event to bring in your pathetic political spin into it?? Get a life!!! Everything isn’t about politics dude!!!!!!

    • WORKERS
      March 6, 2013

      WHEN WILL WE STAR MAKING SENSE

  72. Waitukubuli-Original
    March 6, 2013

    The store owner should have called the police. This is so sad, and it appears that no one attended to her even after the robbery – she walked back to the bay front. This is extremely sad, very sad indeed. Oh! This new generation did not learn from the former! how very sad!

    • Truth be told
      March 6, 2013

      No your analysis is incomplete. You should also observe that this new generation are learning from their present leaders – and I mean all of them so called leaders in Dominica today!

  73. john
    March 6, 2013

    indeed very bad news hope that they caught robbers soon.

  74. Malgraysa
    March 6, 2013

    Honestly, there should be increased police patrols when cruise ships are in town. They should operate in pairs and be equiped with mobile radios, linked 24/7 to a central control room. You can not tell me that in this day and age, where there are more mobile phones in Dominica than people , we can not organise that. It will help both the police and the public, and reassure our visitors in particular. If we do not act, negastive reports about Dominica will continue to spread across the globe.

    • ole poe
      March 6, 2013

      an increased police presence is required but not for the tourists for the locals we the locals are way way more important than the tourist so lets get this straight!

    • simplicity
      March 6, 2013

      who is the nincompoop that thumbs down????

  75. March 6, 2013

    So what the people who were watching “somebody strangling the tourist do?” Did they even shout at the offender to leave the person alone? We do not know.

    • Waitukubuli-Original
      March 6, 2013

      I thought the same thing. In fact, I thought maybe someone would give mr. two nice kalots and knock him off the woman – if this is the same Dominica I know where one looks out for the other. But, to watch someone rob another and do nothing is a whole new culture to me. Then again, with guns being used like toys back home I suppose the people go with the flow. How sad though, very sad.

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2013

      Most likely the onlookers pulled out their cellphones to take pics and video to post on Facebook… for this is what humanity has sunken to. SAD.

  76. Texan
    March 6, 2013

    Giving Diminica a bad name

    • Pas Las
      March 6, 2013

      It’s a disgrace. It’s not too late to change this new criminal pattern that’s emerging. Criminals must be dealt with swiftly and harshly. This business of paying $$$ or doing time is hogwash and poppycock. These perpetrators should pay up and still do hard time. There’s crime, but no punishment in Dominica.

  77. JAGOTS
    March 6, 2013

    This is not good. Only pain can come from this attitude and behaviour towards people. Thank God it could have been worst.

  78. Reader
    March 6, 2013

    Hopefully, with eye witnesses the perps will be found soon. A crime against a tourist is a crime against the state: make them pay!!

    • pongpong
      March 6, 2013

      what about the steal of de treasury money. isn’t that a crime against the state

  79. Mie
    March 6, 2013

    This is unacceptable. The police should do a better job at protecting the tourists.

    • ole poe
      March 6, 2013

      the police should do a better job period. we the locals need more protection than the tourist. so is with us dem have to start!

    • octo
      March 6, 2013

      The police cannot be everywhere.

  80. Yes Fada!
    March 6, 2013

    But what atrocity is this! These young men are just evil! Find some work to do, dammit.

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2013

      Then tell people to hire

    • Truth be told
      March 6, 2013

      When you create the jobs they will find work!

      • Yes Fada!
        March 7, 2013

        Oh really? Whatever became of self-sustenance and self-employment? You cannot be serious. Everyone can’t be on the same level, but my God in heaven, whatever happened to the fish in the sea and the land to cultivate! Ay ay! Stop finding excuses for these imbeciles!

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