Woman escapes attack from bogus car buyer
Susan Mohammed Express South Bureau
A woman almost abducted by a man pretending to be interested in buying her car, on Tuesday issued a warning to other motorists to beware.
The woman, who did not want her identity revealed, said the man attacked her with a sharpened kitchen peeler, and came close to stabbing her in her chest and leg.
She told the Express she was approached by the man at around 5 p.m. on Monday in the car park of the Grand Bazaar Limited.
She said he appeared to be a security officer since he dressed in a polo tee-shirt, a dark coloured trousers and a pair of boots.
The woman, a 31-year-old banker, said "The man was standing under a tree in the median. He looked at me and asked how much I wanted for the vehicle. I sat in my vehicle ready to drive off and he walked across to me more information on the vehicle".
He appeared very interested in the vehicle, she said, and asked her for a test drive. She said she reluctantly agreed, and the man sat in the passenger seat. She said she drove around in the car park for several minutes.
He then asked her for a lift and she agreed.
"I thought twice about it, but he seemed genuine. It was poor judgement on my part when I said okay", she said.
The woman said she stopped to let him out near a traffic light intersection at Curepe, when he reached into his pocket and he pulled out the weapon.
"He leaned across me and he stuck a potato peeler in my leg and was pressing it. I was really scared. He said 'Stay calm, stay quiet and just drive the vehicle'. I started to panic. I kept pushing him and tried to grab it out of his hand. He put the weapon to centre of my chest and pressed it in", she recalled.
The woman said she began to scream, and drive in a zig zag manner along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, and accelerated and braked suddenly to attract attention.
After several minutes, her attacker opened the door while the vehicle was still in motion and jumped out and ran away.
She said she tried to attract the attention of passing motorists, but no one stopped and her assailant escaped. She made a report to the Tunapuna Police Station on Tuesday.
"I hope the police get the footage from the CCTV cameras in the mall in Grand Bazaar to track down the suspect before he attacks anyone else. I know I am lucky to have survived", she said.