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Robbers posed as immigration officers, victims say

A Haitian man said he and his family are living in fear after four armed men, posing as immigration officers, forced their way inside their Balfour Avenue home shortly before 5 a.m. yesterday and robbed them.

“They [went] on top of the roof, dropped on my car, and broke my [windshield] to get in the back,” Orvile Dejasson told The Nassau Guardian.

The men banged on his door yelling, “Immigration. Open the door”, Dejasson said.

He said that after he opened the door, he realized that this was a robbery, as one of the men was dressed in shorts and they were all wearing masks.

He said he believes the thieves were attempting to rob the nearby Forever Lasting Family Tree Convenience Store as they asked him for the business license.

Dejasson said, “When they got inside, I saw that they brought guns and knives. They asked for the shop’s license and money.

“They asked me where the money was, and I said, ‘I don’t have [any] money’.

“So, one of them told me to lay down. When I did that, they went to my wife and asked her for the money and the license for the shop.

“My wife said she doesn’t have a shop, and she has no money. So, they grabbed my wife’s bag, and she had $200 in the bag, and her phone.”

Dejasson said the culprits also invaded a building in the back of the store, where they assaulted two men and collected $300 more.

Blood stains were sprinkled on Dejasson’s neighbor’s doorstep, and his work clothes were soaking in a bucket of red water.

Dejasson said his neighbor was in hospital, and he hadn’t seen him since the incident.

He added that another neighbor told him the men stole another $2,000 from him along with his work permit and National Insurance card.

After that, Dejasson said, the robbers hopped back onto his car, climbed on the roof, and ran away.

Asked how he feels living in the area after what transpired, Dejasson said, “I don’t feel safe. They almost took my life.

“If I told them no, they would’ve killed me. That’s why I listened to what they told me to do.”

Speaking with reporters yesterday, Director of Immigration Clarence Russell said, “Impersonating a law enforcement officer is always a very serious issue.

“So, we say to members of the public to make certain that you dot your i’s, cross your t’s, [and] ask persons to present proper identification.

“If you are in doubt, then 919 is your option. Call and make certain that you verify with emergency services that there are official law enforcement persons at your door.

“No one in their right minds expects you to just open your doors for them.”

Police are also appealing to members of the public who may have information that can assist with this and other investigations, to contact the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991/2, Crime stoppers at 328-TIPS (8477) or the nearest police station.

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