A quick response from members of the public helped police arrest three men who had abducted a 71-year-old Port-of-Spain businessman they planned to rob on Thursday night.
Police said they received calls around 9 pm after witnesses saw two men accost the owner of Samuel’s Jewellery Store, which is located on Charlotte Street, after he had locked up his business and went to a George Street carpark where his car was parked.
As the man was about the get into his vehicle he was approached by two men, one of the armed with a gun, who took the keys to his business before bundling him into his car and driving off. The driver stopped a short distance away and gave the keys to the man’s business to another suspect. The first two suspects then left the scene with the businessman.
But street vendors who had seen what happened called the police and Port-of-Spain City Police and Port-of-Spain CID responded to the scene. After getting information from eyewitnesses, police put out an all-points bulletin was put out for the vehicle. The Multi-Operational Task Force led by Supt Charles and Cpl John joined in the search then.
Sometime later, the victim’s vehicle was spotted near the Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo. Officers found the businessman still in the vehicle but safe. Two men who were near the car were detained.
When officers returned to the victim’s business later, they found a third suspect, who is believed to be homeless, trying to get into the store with the owner’s keys. He too was arrested.
The operation was spearheaded by Snr Sup Hodge Griffith, Snr Sup Charles, Cpl John, Cpl Allen and PC Ramsaran.
The arrests came hours after Police Commissioner Gary Griffith toured parts of the capital with Mayor Joel Martinez and discussed security measures for the Christmas season.
More of this story as information comes to hand.