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High-speed chase as police rescue elderly woman from kidnap attempt

Update November 22, 2019, 11.26 am:

A teenager was among two persons arrested in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a 70-year-old female victim, who was rescued by officers of the South Western Division (SWD) on Thursday night.

According to a statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) received information of a kidnapping and robbery in progress in the Clifton Hill, Point Fortin area around 7:56 pm, on Thursday night.

The information was immediately passed on to ASP Ramdeen of the SWD Operations Unit who coordinated a response to the incident.

Officers spotted the white BMW X-5 belonging to the victim proceeding at a high speed along Canaan Road, Point Fortin and gave chase. The vehicle subsequently crashed into a street sign in the Mahaica district.

Six male suspects exited the vehicle and escaped into some nearby bushes, however, one of them, a 17-year-old Couva teenager, was apprehended by officers. Cash and jewellery were also found in his possession.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers found the victim who was bound and blindfolded. She was taken to the Point Fortin Area Hospital for treatment.

A second suspect, a 27-year-old of Point Fortin, was arrested following enquiries by officers in the district. He was found with the keys to BMW and Toyota motor vehicles in his possession.

The victim told police that she had just arrived at her home when she was accosted by six men who took her inside the house and demanded cash and jewellery. She said the men then tied her up and threatened to kill her, before placing her in her BMW motor vehicle and driving off.

Officers of the SORT, SWD Task Force, SWD Emergency Response Patrol, Point Fortin Criminal Investigations Department, and Municipal Police are continuing the search for the other suspects.

Investigations are ongoing.

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