Gunman robs former national security minister

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July 24, CMC – Police were searching for a lone gunman who hog-tied and robbed former national security minister Martin Joseph and his family at his home on the outskirts of the capital on Sunday night.

Joseph, who served as national security minister in the Patrick Manning government that was defeated in the May 2010 general election, said the masked gunman entered his home “when my stepson entered the house.

“Upon entering the house, the man announced a robbery and proceeded to hog-tie my stepson. There was a short confrontation between the gunman and, I as I tried to wrestle the gun away from his hands, I too was hog-tied as the bandit proceeded to rob me and others in the house.

“The robber then made his way upstairs to the bedrooms of the house and it was during that time I was able to untie myself, escape and call for help. The police were contacted and they arrived shortly after on the scene,” said Joseph, who resides in a gated community located opposite the Trinidad and Tobago’s Regiment Camp Ogden and is considered one of the safest gated communities in the country.

Several senior Army officials live in the community, which has one entry and exit, and manned by 24-hour security guards.

“The war against the criminals will not be easily won but is one requiring hard work, dedicated action from law enforcement and parents taking responsibility in the way they raise their children,” Joseph said.

National Security Minister Jack Warner, who later addressed members of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment’s Golden Anniversary Parade warned that “criminals in this country are no respector of persons or places.

“”You have to help me bring back some sanity in this country,” he told the soldiers recalling the robbery at Joseph’s home.

He said the criminals were “no respecter of persons, whether you are as young as 14 years old going to high school or whether you are old as 89, male or female, they are coming after you and they are coming after you because in some way we have given up space.

“This country has room for two types of people—police and thief. Let us take back the space from thieves,” he said.