Local January 31, 2023 | 3:00 pm

Soldiers assault the Constanza Fortress; They were stripped of their regulation weapons

Unknown individuals on a motorcycle assaulted two members of the Dominican Republic Army (ERD) on Tuesday, robbing them of their rifles in the Carlos A. Castillo Pimentel Fortress in Constanza, La Vega province. According to reports, the assailants approached the soldiers while they were on duty guarding the fortress’s entrance at dawn on Tuesday.

Unofficial information suggests that two people, armed with firearms, forced the military to hand over the rifles before fleeing in an unknown direction. Currently, the assaulted soldiers’ names are unknown, and the case is being investigated for legal purposes.

Authorities have begun an operation to search for weapons by placing checkpoints along the main road of that demarcation and reviewing surveillance cameras.


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Paul Tierney
January 31, 2023 4:04 pm

These two ERD members are headed for big shi*, a court martial. Suspect their commanders will come under review. In the US military a guard only surrenders his weapon when ordered by the guard chain of command. Wondering if these two had any live rounds issued to them.

This is not good press for the ERD and reenforces what some people think of the poor quality of RD troops.

January 31, 2023 6:21 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

You couldn’t make this up!

January 31, 2023 6:45 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

The reality is that, when someone surprises you with a gun in your face, you give up your weapon. Getting chewed out (or worse) is not your greatest fear at that point. Your american john wayne bravado only works in the movies.

January 31, 2023 6:07 pm

Unknown individuals on a motorcycle assaulted two members of the Dominican Republic Army (ERD) on Tuesday, robbing them of their rifles…” Which later going to be used for murdering and robbing …If they are brazen enough to this to soldiers and police…imagine what are capable of and doing to unarmed defenseless people…

Paul Tierney
February 1, 2023 9:25 am
Reply to  chupacabra

My thoughts exactly.

Me thinks all the soldiers had to do is point their weapons at the robbers and shoot, end of story. They would have become heros, not derelicts.

February 1, 2023 10:31 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

In the canadian army, soldiers were guarding ammo dumps with rifles but no bullets. The sargeant’s advice, if they were confronted, was to yell “bang” three times very loudly and then run like hell.

February 1, 2023 4:48 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

if you keep exercising common sense and logic, you will not be welcomed here anymore…??