Thursday 24 September, 2020

Security officer is second suspect held in Venezuelan woman’s attack

The second suspect in the brutal attack of an 18-year-old Venezuelan woman this week has been identified as a 20-year-old security guard. 

The man, who lives in Waterhole Drive, Diego Martin, was held at about 11.20 am on Wednesday in a vehicle matching the description of a car allegedly used in the heinous attack. 

A 26-year-old Special Reserve Police Officer, was also in the car at the time and was also detained. The police officer, Loop News was told, is a constable, and is currently on extended sick leave. They were held along the west-bound lane of the Audrey Jeffers Highway, in an area commonly known as the Foreshore. 

PC McClean and PC Sahadath of the Western Division Task Force were conducting patrols in the area when they got intelligence that the vehicle had been seen. The officers immediately responded and intercepted the suspects as a result. 

The vehicle was sent to the Special Evidence Recovery Unit in Camp Cumuto for DNA analysis. The two men are expected to be taken to the Southern Division for further questioning. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the victim was found lying on the ground off the M2 Ring Road in Debe by a PH taxi-driver. He contacted the police and paramedics. The woman, who was covered with blood and appeared to have stab wounds to her hand, chest, and face, was rushed to the San Fernando General Hospital. 

She was later identified as an 18-year-old Venezuelan national, who works as a vendor and lives in Siparia. 

Police say they received further intelligence which will aid in their probe of the attack. 

However, anyone with information that can lead to the identification of the three suspects is asked to contact the police, or they can give the information by calling 555 or 800-TIPS, texting 482-GARY, or utilising the TTPS App. 

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