Ministry of Tourism security guard mugged while on duty


A security guard attached to the Ministry of Tourism is recovering at home after she was ambushed at work on Wednesday evening in what is being described as a foiled kidnapping.

Charmaine Harrigan sustained a broken leg, a cut on her face and other injuries as she fought off her attacker.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Bolans resident noticed a bus entered the Government Office Complex where the Ministry of Tourism is headquartered. An individual exited the vehicle which then drove off.

With several ministries and the High Court located on the compound, Harrigan initially paid no mind to the vehicle, as the occupants could have been heading to any of the buildings.

While seated outside of the building which houses the Ministries of Education and Tourism, Harrigan then observed a man approaching her.

Paying him no mind, she continued reading a book. Before Harrigan knew what was happening, the masked man pounced on her, detained her at knifepoint and led her to her car which was parked nearby.

While seated in the backseat of her vehicle, the unidentified man ordered her to drive to her bank’s ATM.

After operating the vehicle several yards away from where it was parked, Harrigan jumped out and a struggle began between her and the man who was still holding the blade of his knife against her side.

Harrigan was saved from more serious injuries, and even possible death, when the driver of a government-owned vehicle entered the office complex, saw what was taking place and rushed to her rescue.

Another woman who was walking in the area also rendered assistance. During the commotion, Harrigan’s attacker fled the scene.

Harrigan, who was transported to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre for treatment after the attack, was discharged from hospital yesterday. – POINTE XPRESS

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  1. What is going on in our little island?
    I am in my 60s, jogging my memory ,,, Antiguan crime was,,,, a husband coming home early, catching his wife with another man then, chopped him up or you came home from work and found ,,someone burglarized your home or a woman realizing her husband was running around with other women, would throw hot fungi on he,, or , hot water ( not easy to take off skin.)
    Where did carjackings, kidnappings daylight stickups,,come from? When did these crimes seep into our Antiguan culture?

    • A lot of persons have been deported, and we also have a culture of diverse nationalities, where these crimes happen everyday. In this period if inflation and unemployment, people resort to what they know, even if it is an illegal act, in order for them and their family to survive. Sad though.

  2. Keeping it real – If a person has good morals inflation and unemployment cannot, cannot lead to these wicked, murderous activities. Thieves will commit murder any day.

  3. One day these thieves and wicked rotten elements will get some unexpected led , time for plenty a dem for get dust.

  4. Just a few questions on missing people.
    1) The son of the Director of Agriculture, was he ever found?
    2) About a week ago they said a teenager from Sweets was missing. His picture was shown on This media and ABS TV, was he found?

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