Two held over fake kidnapping

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 10:15

The TTPS says the kidnapping of two teenage cousins from Sangre Grande is false.

The following is a statement by the TTPS:

 Police have at this time determined the alleged kidnapping for ransom of two teenaged cousins from Sangre Grande, which reportedly occurred around 8:00pm on Wednesday 23rd August, 2017, to be false. Two male relatives of the victims who were alleged to have been kidnapped, a 39-year-old and 48-year-old, are currently assisting the police with their investigations.

The resources of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit were activated around 5:00am on Thursday 24th August, 2017, following a report of three persons being kidnapped and a subsequent report was made by relatives at around 10:00am.

The report indicated that Deo Lutchman, his son 16-year-old Darryl Lutchman and his nephew 14-year-old Brandon Sam, all of Oropouche Road, Sangre Grande, were kidnapped by armed men and bundled into a white Tiida vehicle, while hunting at Non Pareil Road, Sangre Grande, around 8:00pm on Wednesday 23rd August, 2017.

Mr. Lutchman, was subsequently released on Thursday 24th August, 2017, and a ransom demand of $350,000 made, for the safe return of the teenagers.

Subsequent to the report of the alleged kidnapping and based on information received, officers of the Penal Police Station, found the teenagers wandering the Scotts Road, Penal, area around 8:30pm, last evening.

They were taken for a medical examination at the Siparia Health Centre and then reunited with their family, around 3:00am today.

Officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and the Sangre Grande CID are continuing investigations.