Queen's old girl foils robbery attempt of students
Cash, high-end liquors stolen during armed robbery at mini-mart

A past student of Queen's High school showed that she is truly her 'sister's keeper' after risking her life by intervening in an armed robbery of two female students from her alma mater in St Andrew on Monday afternoon.

The woman, who will be attending her school's 40th anniversary reunion overseas this week, said she was driving on Waterloo Avenue when she saw two Queen's High students -- their faces a portrait of fear -- backed up against a wall by two intimidating-looking males.

Thinking quickly, she pulled her car over to them, rolled down her windows and yelled "tief tief!".

"It just didn't look right," she told OBSERVER ONLINE. "One of the men was holding on to one of the girls in a friendly manner but they were backed up against the wall, they looked afraid and the men looked wrong...unkempt hair and cut off foot jeans. I just acted...I had to stop them."

When she yelled an accusatory 'tief' out of the splayed out windows of her car, the men hightailed it up the road towards West Kings House Road. Then she acted quickly, executed a hasty u-turn and doggedly pursued the men. One of the men ran onto the compound of a popular pharmaceutical store where security guards chased him and nabbed him when he tried to jump a fence.

"Another vehicle also made a u-turn, this man was a licensed firearm holder which I found out later, and he also tried to pursue the guys. The security grabbed one when he tried to clear a rail fence - he had a knife hidden in his crotch -- while the other one threw his knife into the gutter, but escaped in the direction of the Canadian High Commission," she said.

The OBSERVER ONLINE has decided not to reveal the identity of the past student.

Quizzed if she hadn't feared for her life given the fact the men could have been armed, she replied: "I didn't think, I just acted. Now I understand why civilians sometimes get caught up and get shot...I just acted, I saw one of my Queen's girls in trouble and I am a past student so I just did something."

One of the men had robbed one of the girls of her cellular phone. The girls were shaken, but otherwise unhurt by the ordeal.

"We need to be our brother's keeper, we have to take back our country. I am just happy that one of them was held," she said.

She later filed a report at the Half Way Tree C.I.B regarding the incident. The man who was held is reportedly a resident of Rema who was out on bail on a charge of shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

The police confirmed the incident.

One thing one can be sure of is that when she attends her 40th anniversary Queen's High reunion overseas this week, she will have a hell of a tale to tell.

Claude Mills

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