International — 21 January 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

A British woman living in Consejo, Corozal District, narrowly escaped being robbed, or possibly harmed, by two men who were chasing her on bicycles at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon on the Consejo Road about 2 miles outside Consejo.

Deborah Jayne Thomson was riding her bicycle on the road to Consejo when a man of Hispanic descent rode up behind her on a bicycle and tried to knock her off her bike into the bushes by attempting to poke a stick into the bike’s wheel.

Thompson, however, hit the assailant with her bag, which he then tried to grab. She hit him again, causing him to fall back, and she quickly sped away and called her husband on her cellphone.

While she was doing this, however, her assailant was joined by another man, also of Hispanic descent, and they both chased her.

Luckily, as they were about to draw near her, her husband drove up, and the two men jumped off their bicycles and ran into the bushes, abandoning the bicycles.

Police came and searched the area for the men, but were not able to find them. The neighborhood and the villagers have been alerted to be on the lookout for the two criminals and to call the police if they see them.

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