71-year-old kidnapped businessman rescued; no ransom paid

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:00

A 71-year-old businessman who was kidnapped on Thursday has been rescued.

Sooklal Ramroop of San Fernando was kidnapped for ransom around 3:30 pm yesterday.

However, police say he was found around 1:30pm today in bushes along Trainline Road, Marabella.

The $700,000 ransom demanded was not paid.

Seven suspects have been detained including two women.

The police later issued a statement on the rescue:

"Over 100 police, soldiers and coast guard officers ventured deep into a mangrove swamp in Marabella this afternoon, to rescue 71-year-old businessman, Sooklal Ramroop, who was kidnapped from his apartment building yesterday and a ransom demand made for his safe return.

Seven suspects, including two women, were arrested during the massive search operation, which was launched, after the report of kidnapping for ransom, was made by the victim’s family yesterday afternoon.

Mr. Ramroop was lured to the apartment building at St. John Village, San Fernando, by three persons claiming an interest in renting one of the apartments around 3:30pm on Thursday 14th September, 2017.

He was discovered missing around 4:30pm on that same day by a relative, who later received a telephone call at around 6:15pm; with the caller demanding a $700,000 ransom, for the release of the victim.

A report was made to the police and a combined rescue effort was mounted involving police and army personnel: Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Southern Division Task Force, San Fernando CID, Inter-Agency Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch, Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit, Cyber Crime Unit, the Air Support Unit, the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, which resulted in Mr. Ramroop being found in a mangrove swamp in the Bayshore, Marabella area, around 1:30pm, on Friday 15th September, 2017.

No ransom was paid.

As officers closed in on the kidnappers, they fled deeper into the swamp leaving the victim behind.

Mr. Ramroop was subsequently taken for medical attention, while the search continues for the suspects who ran off. The investigation was spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Ajith Persad, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department and included Snr. Supt (Ag.) Zamsheed Mohammed, Supt. Nazrudeen Pragg, ASP (Ag.) Ali Mohammed and Inspector Don Gajadhar, of the Southern Division."