Saturday 18 November, 2017

WATCH: Trini woman describes horrific kidnapping attempt

(Update 13/07/2017: Arbea removed her social media post around 9:50 am on Thursday.)

"I made this video to let you all know they are taking girls in Trinidad, and I know this because they tried to take me."

The chilling words were shared to social media in a public post on Wednesday by a St James woman who recounted a terrifying ordeal in which she allegedly evaded an attempted kidnapping.

Even more terrifying was the fact that she said when she tried to report the incident to police officers she was told there was nothing they could do.

Facebook user Nina Carolina Arbea posted the video footage in an attempt to describe her experience and warn other women of the potential danger.

“The police basically said they couldn’t do anything about it because I’m not abducted,” she said.

“I’m showing you two men coming out of a car, literally running towards me…they said they’ll check the other cameras but they can’t make any arrests,” she said.

Arbea said she had just arrived at her home in St James when another car pulled up close to her.

She said two men alighted from a blue Nissan Almera and ran toward her as she was trying to get inside, and she began to scream.

She said her neighbour just happened to arrive at that time and the men left.

The videos have since gone viral online.

Under the Kidnapping Act, anyone found guilty of kidnapping can be imprisoned for life.

Section 3 of Act states:

“3. (1) A person who, for ransom, reward, or for any similar consideration unlawfully leads, takes, entices away, abducts, seizes or detains any person without his consent or with his consent obtained by fraud or duress and without lawful excuse such that the person (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the “kidnapped person”) is held, confined, restricted, imprisoned or prevented from returning to his normal place of abode or sent or taken out of Trinidad and Tobago, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for not less than the remainder of his natural life.”

Speaking to LoopTT, head of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), David West, said however under the Criminal Offences Act, attempted kidnapping is an offence.

He added that the officers who dealt with the matter had a duty to carry out an investigation.

He is also asking Arbea to come in and report the matter to the PCA and to give details on the incident.

 

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