TO get past the electronic door and into the office of a medical doctor whom he intended to rob, a thief pretended he needed a sick leave for work.
And as the doctor spoke to the “patient” in the waiting room, the thief’s accomplice came on the attack and they ganged up on him.
Luckily, the doctor escaped serious injury, and the criminals got only the shirt off the back of Dr Ronald Budhooram during an attempted robbery at his San Fernando office last Friday.
The 62-year-old doctor got away from the two thieves who attacked him at his office on the Naparima-Mayaro Road, Cocoyea.
When the Express visited his office yesterday, several signs saying “No hats, no shades, no hoodies” were posted on the wall near the front door.
Budhooram, in a brief interview, said the man came into his office and requested a sick leave.
A video released on social medial showed Budhooram speaking in the waiting room of his office to one of the criminals pretending to be a patient.
While the doctor spoke to the man, his accomplice came to the door and rang the buzzer.
As the doctor moved to open the door, the “patient” pulled out a firearm from his pants waist and grabbed the doctor from behind.
The doctor pulled away from the “patient” and then fought back with the accomplice standing near the doorway.
Budhooram struggled with the accomplice as he tried to pull the doctor back into the office.
Instead, he pulled the doctor’s shirt off his back.
Budhooram ran off down the street and sought help.
The soft-spoken doctor told the Express that he ran down the busy street shouting: “Bandit! Bandit!”
“At first no one took me on,” he said.
Hours after the incident, police arrested a suspect in Mon Repos.
The suspect, who has addresses in Embacadere and La Romaine, was allegedly in possession of a loaded firearm.
In July 2017, Budhooram was charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of a newborn baby boy.
Police officers allegedly found the baby in a deep freeze at his medical office.