A woman in her 50s has become the latest victim of a humiliating robbery and attempted rape.
Wednesday night’s incident, which has left both the victim and her family traumatized, occurred at Haggatt Hall, St Michael just after 9 p.m.
The victim was attacked by a masked gunman, who reportedly pounced on her just as she was about to get behind the wheel of her car after making a quick stop to pick up a loaf of bread.
The armed attacker reportedly jumped into the passenger seat of the car as soon as she unlocked her vehicle and began ordering her around.
Initially, the woman did as she was told by the unidentified man, who immediately took control of her vehicle and drove her to a deserted area in the Belle, St Michael.
It was there the woman claims her attacker attempted to rape her.
However, the would-be rapist was deterred by her menstrual cycle.
But as if to add to her humiliation, close friends of the victim said, her attacker then robbed her of her jewellery before ordering her to walk straight and not to look back at him.
By then the victim was all battered and bruised, they told Barbados TODAY.
Nonetheless, the woman still mustered enough courage to knock at a home in the area in her desperate quest to get help.
Thankfully, her cry was answered and her husband immediately responded; so too, police.
Her car, which was also damaged in the attack, was later recovered from the Belle, but up to late this afternoon the victim was still said to be in serious shock over the incident.
Thursday, Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler confirmed that police were investigating the matter.
He also called on members of the public to exercise greater vigilance, given that it usually gets dark early during this time of year.
Cobbler also appealed to the public to be on the look out for suspicious persons and activity.