Mother, daughter rescued from "hostage-like" situation

Officers from the Guard and Emergency Branch and the Northern Division spent about two hours attempting to rescue a mother and child from their home in Malabar on Wednesday after they were held in a "hostage-like" situation.

One man, who is believed to be mentally unstable was subsequently taken into custody and is most likely to be taken to a health institution for assessment.

According to a police report, officers were told the 34-year-old man, who lives with relatives at Harrinanan Avenue, Malabar began “acting-up” at about 7 am.

Police said they were told that the suspect was attempting to prevent two of his close relatives - a mother and her daughter, from leaving the house.

The man, who is said to be a drug addict, was said to be throwing anything he got his hands on including furniture. Officers said at one point he even armed himself with a weapon.

The police were called in by other relatives and officers from the Northern Division Task Force and the Guard and Emergency Branch responded.

After about two hours, the officers were able to quell the situation and used a sledgehammer to break down a door to the house for them to enter to rescue the mother and girl, who both are said to be highly traumatized.

They have been both sent for counselling.

Police said none of the relatives sustained any serious injuries and the man gave no resistance when the police arrested him.

Neighbours told police they were in shock over the incident when they heard about it as they didn't know what was happening.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

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