Police demanded victim change his official statement to match another witness statement!
Why this visitor will not be returning to Barbados
by Fred Kraxberger, US Citizen
Dear Barbados Free Press,
On 02/09/2011 while fishing at Archers Bay, St. Lucy, Barbados around 7 to 7:15 PM my Bajan friend and I (a US citizen) were the victims of a robbery, and our lives threatened by a Bajan man with a machete. He also told us he would shoot us if we did not do what he said. We did as he said. He got a cell phone and cash. This is not the first time this man has robbed someone, he knew what he was doing.
When the Crab Hill Police arrived they did a short interview with us. When I was told that I could go and retrieve our belongings, I went back to the scene of the robbery. One officer was there when I got there. He did not have a flashlight on. I ask him if it was ok to pickup my things because he had not been down there that long. He said it was ok. I picked up my fishing light so that I could find our belongings. I noticed something that was not there before the robbery. I pointed it out to the officer and told him that it must have come from the robber. He ignored me.
I picked it up and ask the officer if he wanted it. He said no. There were two more items that were not there before the robbery, but they did not seem to be concerned about them. This to me was shocking.
We were interviewed at the Crab Hill Police Station and gave statements.
The AM of 02/12/2011 I was contacted by the Crab Hill Police Station by phone. The officer stated there were discrepancies between my friend’s statement and my statement. He wanted me to change my statement to make it identical to my friend’s statement. I told him I would not do that. He got upset with me and told me that I did not understand. He said that they needed both our statements to be the same so that they could prosecute the robber. I told him again that I refuse to change my statement just to make it identical to my friend’s. I told him I would change things in my statement if I felt parts where not as I recalled it happening. He then got very upset with me and asks me to have my friend call him.
Here is the bottom line. Although I was traumatized by the robbery, I’m slowly getting over that. What really bothers me is the misconduct of the Crab Hill Police. It is because of their misconduct of this robbery case that I as a visitor to Barbados twice will not be returning. (I had planned on returning each year for a one month stay like I did this year)
Fred Kraxberger, US Citizen
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