Trinidad: Five arrested for Venezuelan woman kidnapping

Trinidad: Five arrested for Venezuelan woman kidnapping

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A Venezuelan woman who was kidnapped for a ransom of information was rescued by police after four days in captivity.

The woman was kidnapped from her residence in Chaguanas on Sunday but found in a fishing village in Penal on Thursday.

Two brothers who allegedly found in the house ‘guarding’ the victim were arrested and taken into custody.

Hours after the rescue, police arrested three Dominican Republic nationals for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping.

The victim reported that she had also been sexually assaulted while in captivity.

Of the five suspects, two are brothers aged 30 and 33, who are fishermen of Quarry Road, Morne Diablo, Penal.

The other suspects are two women aged 26 and 32 years old, and a 20 year old man, all of the Dominican Republic, who also reside in Chaguanas.

On Wednesday around 9 a.m. a friend of the victim went to the Chaguanas Police Station and reported the kidnapping.

The friend told officers that demands were made for information on the whereabouts of two individuals over money, in exchange for the Venezuelan woman’s safe return.

Officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit were alerted, and investigations were spearheaded by Ag Snr Supt Ajith Persad and Insp Nicholas Thomas.

On Thursday around 1 a.m. AKU officers went to a house located at Quarry Road, Morne Diablo.

They found the woman, allegedly being guarded by the two brothers.

The three other suspects were arrested in separate exercises conducted by AKU officers.

The victim was taken to hospital and medically examined by a district medical officer.


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