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Cops rescue casino boss from abductors

Published: 
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Police rescued a 48-year-old casino manager from kidnappers after a high-speed chase in St James early Tuesday morning.

The woman had been grabbed shortly after leaving her Diego Martin home around 4.10 am. She told police she was driving her vehicle along the Deigo Martin Main Road after leaving home for work when a white panel van blocked her path and three men entered her car.

The woman told police the men threatened to kill her unless she handed over the keys and security code to the casino in Woodbrook where she worked. Fearful for her life, she said she complied but the men then covered her face and drove off with her.

But a report was made to police by an anonymous caller and an all-points bulletin was put out. PCs McIntosh and Williams, of the Four Roads Police Station, subsequently spotted the hijacked vehicle in St James around 6 am. The officers engaged in a high-speed chase of the vehicle and intercepted it near Coronation Street. One of the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and escaped but his two cohorts were held and the relieved woman was rescued.

Officers from the Western Division Task Force, led by ASP Dhanrajh Ramesar and officers from the St James CID, assisted in the apprehending the suspects.

The suspects, aged 23 and 25 and both from Never Dirty, Morvant, were subsequently taken to the Four Roads station where they are expected to go on an identification parade before being charged.

Investigations are continuing.

In an unrelated incident, police officers arrested a Trinidad Express employee after a gun and ammunition were allegedly found in his vehicle.

According to reports, around 3.25 pm on Tuesday officers from the La Horquetta Police Station were on mobile patrol in the Carapo district when they intercepted a Kia Cerato. A .38mm revolver and seven rounds of ammunition were allegedly found inside the vehicle and its driver was arrested and taken to the station.

The suspect, who police subsequently realised worked at the media house, will be placed on an identification parade before going before an Arima magistrate later this week.

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