Police investigate altercation between AUA student and taxi operator caught on video

The Police are reportedly investigating an incident involving an American University of Antigua (AUA) student and a man described as a “gypsy-cab driver.”

A video in circulation has captured the incident, which reportedly occurred on the AUA campus, allegedly over an EC$25 dispute.

In the almost three-minute long video, the man is seen using a stick to strike another male, believed to be a student of the university, while telling him to “behave” himself several times.

At one point, the man uses the stick to knock the student’s I-phone 11 from his hand.

The victim of the beating alludes to having broken the stick, which reportedly had contained a nail, and the video shows blood on the student’s hand and lower arm.

He is also heard identifying the man with the stick as a taxi for female students. However, the license plate on the video shows that the silver Toyota minivan is registered as a commercial vehicle.

While the full details of what triggered the incident is not yet known, AUA’s Executive Dean of Pre-clinical Sciences, David Graham, has stated that the university is aware of “the very disturbing” incident that occurred on Saturday night, February 19, between “an AUA student and a local taxi operator.”

Graham said he was not in the position to share additional information, but assured students that the university and the relevant authorities are involved.

He added that AUA is providing support to the student and cooperating fully with the authorities.