Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Barrackpore taxi driver kidnapped, later released

Police are investigating a report of a kidnapping of a private hire taxi driver in Debe.

Thankfully the victim, a 36-year-old man from St Croix Road, Barrackpore, was eventually released unharmed.

The incident reportedly took place on Sunday night.

According to police reports, the victim was plying his white Nissan B15 for hire along Wellington Road, Debe, when he was signalled by a man to stop. 

The suspect got into the car and pulled out a firearm and announced a hold-up.

The driver was then relieved of $12,200 in cash that he had in the vehicle at the time.

He was also relieved of a pair of gold earrings, valued at $1,500, two gold rings, a gold watch valued at $700, and a cellular phone valued at $2,200.

The suspect then ordered the victim to drive to the M2 Ring Road, where he then proceeded to blindfold the taxi driver and tie his hands behind his back.

He then forced the victim into another vehicle, which drove off.

The victim was threatened to hand over more money and valuables, and was dealt several blows to the head.

He was eventually dropped off along the Solomon Hochoy Highway near the Chase Village Flyover.

The victim was able to find assistance, and notify the police.

He was taken for medical examination and statements were recorded.

PC Mohammed is continuing inquiries.

Meanwhile, Rio Claro police are investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping over the weekend.

According to police reports, the victim, a 47-year-old man from Cassia Avenue, El Guanapo Estate, Rio Claro, was standing along Nathai Street in Rio Claro, when he was approached by two men he knows.

The men confronted the 47-year-old and began beating him.

They attempted to force the victim into a Nissan Cefiro which was parked nearby, but he managed to escape.

He fled the scene on foot and made a report to police on Monday morning.

He was then taken to the Rio Claro Health Center where he was medically examined for injuries he sustained.

WPC Farrier is continuing inquiries.

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