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Chinese robbed of large sum of money Wednesday; police tight-lipped on armed robbery of American tourists

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By: News Contributor

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 30, 2018 – Police in St. Kitts is reporting an armed robbery in Basseterre on June 27, but remained tight-lipped on the alleged robbery of four American tourists in Nevis on Saturday June 30.

In a statement Saturday, police said a large sum of money was removed from the residence of a Chinese national on Wednesday night when the home was invaded by men brandishing knives.

Police said it responded to a call around 10:30 pm. Wednesday June 27, at the residence of Xie Zhung Yi at Cayon Street, Basseterre.

“Investigations so far have revealed that Ms. Yi was at home with her two grandchildren when two masked men entered her bedroom with what appeared to be knives. One of the intruders held a knife to Ms. Yi, while the other searched rooms. They were able to take a large sum of money from the residence before escaping,” police said.

Police did not state the amount of money stolen or if the occupants of the home were injured.

Members of the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for evidence to assist with the investigation that has been launched into this matter.

“Persons with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Department at the Basseterre Police by dialing 465-2241,” the police statement said.

The statement did not include reports on Nevis that four American tourists were robed at gun point in their homes.

The visitors were in their Spring Hill Road residence when “three masked men wielding guns and knives robbed the four American tourists between 4 am and 5 am,” Washington DC-based Nevisian Everton “Obi” Elliott posted on his FaceBook page.

Elliott informed that the tourists were held up in the house where they were staying.

“They (the robbers) took everything they could get their hands on. The three guys broke into the house, but they believe that another two were outside in a car,” said Elliott.

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