Vendors help cops foil abduction, robbery

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.

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