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A woman who was abducted, blindfolded and robbed by two men posing as a taxi driver and passenger, escaped a worse fate when she inadvertently gave them a wrong personal identification PIN for her debit card. Today, almost three months after the ordeal, Marcia is still traumatised, as she can't help the flashbacks that come with each report of what now appears to be a trend of young women being subjected to a similar nightmare in Kingston and St Catherine. Marcia, a household worker and mother of five daughters and a son, remembers well the morning of Tuesday, September 8, as she had a sense of foreboding about leaving her home in the Mountain View area for work.
However, she told the Jamaica Observer in an interview two Sundays ago that she had to take one of her daughters to her school on an instruction from the administrators. When they got there, one of the teen's teachers asked Marcia if she had a device for her daughter. She told the teacher there was one in the house but it was being used by her son. The teacher therefore instructed her to get one as the school didn't want the daughter to miss her online classes.
She worked until late the evening. In fact, when she became aware of the time, she set about leaving the housing complex. However, because that road is usually lonely at night, plus the start of the nightly COVID curfew was approaching, Marcia waited for the female security guard at the complex to avoid walking alone. Eventually, they got a lift from a friend of the security guard who dropped Marcia off on Trafalgar Road, across from the British High Commission, with the advice to stand near to the mission to ensure her safety.
I wait, wait and started getting impatient because I didn't want to be on the road late. The roof light was on and the shout from inside was 'Mountain View'. So mi look inna di car an mi coulda swear it was a girl in the front passenger seat. But then, I don't know every taxi on my route. The fact that the driver and passenger were not talking did not make her suspicious either, as she assumed that they did not know each other. She became a bit concerned after the driver turned the car onto Lady Musgrave Road and started winding up the windows, but she wasn't too alarmed, given that the road had been recently dug up and she thought that maybe the driver was trying to avoid dust getting into the vehicle.
He came across and practically sat on my right leg. I'm now pinned to the door, the seat and him, so there's nowhere to go. He took the bag and placed it on the front seat. You a bank and you leave but you keep the card. So him say, 'How mi a go know say yuh did go Courts?
The driver then told her that so far, he believed all that she had told him as he had looked at the receipt in her purse. She assured him that he wouldn't find more than that. At that point he asked her for her PIN. Yuh know, mi realise say you a big woman, an mi mother bornso fi me violate you dat a go jus' come in like me a violate mi mother.
He then put her through another test by asking how much money she had in her purse. Another round of interrogation about whether her children were not old enough to help her was conducted as the car kept moving. As the car continued moving a range of thoughts raced through the blindfolded woman's mind. She wondered if the driver's mother was herself a day's worker, thus earning her his sympathy; or whether he and his partner would rape or kill her because she had nothing of value to give them.
The car kept moving, and Marcia started worrying that they were not stopping to let her out. After what seemed like an eternity to her, the driver opened the door, his accomplice told her to open her palm and placed her bag in it. The driver, she said, then asked her to give him her left hand and while he was helping her out of the car her foot got caught in the seatbelt.
He warned her against removing the blindfold before he drove away. She assured him she wouldn't. When she could no longer hear the engine, Marcia pulled the blindfold off. She had no clue where she was and there was no of life in the darkness. Eventually, she saw a private taxi coming towards her. Although the ordeal left her traumatised, she took a chance and beckoned to the driver to stop. The money was enough to get her home in a route taxi which she only boarded after ensuring that a friend of hers was a passenger. Back in the safety of her house, Marcia's nine-year-old son asked her how it took her so long to get home as he was awaiting her arrival.
I was also feeling pain but couldn't understand why. People don't understand that when somebody robs you — yea, dem tek yuh phone and other things [but] that is not the biggest thing dem tek from you; what they have taken from you is your peace of mind. And while I did look in on them before I left, I never said anything to them. I was there thinking, and then it came to me that is not my PIN.
I just didn't remember [the PIN]. The following day, her employer informed the bank and got the phone provider to clear the stolen phone.
A few days later, Marcia's daughter received a photo on her phone from her mother's sister asking if she, Marcia, knew the person in the picture. She sent the police the photos that her sister sent her, went to Half-Way-Tree Criminal Investigation Branch and made the report. On the day Marcia shared her story with the Observershe said she had heard on the midday news that a woman was abducted in similar circumstances in Portmore and beaten. Eventually, she found the courage to return to work on the Tuesday before the interview, but found that she was still traumatised.
It was a woman driving and she was going about her business, but I got a panic attack. Mi heart start race and mi say, 'Jesus, weh mi a go run go now?
Since then, she has had an altercation with a taxi driver who took offence to her looking inside his car before boarding. When she told him of her ordeal he was astonished, then apologised, saying he thought she was being difficult. Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere.
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