Teenage kidnap victim freed

Kidnapped victim Joshua Primo has been released after a part ransom of $11,000 was paid on Sunday night.

Primo, 19, was released in Tunapuna.

Police are currently searching for three suspects in connection with the incident.

According to a police report, at about 4.30 pm Primo had just pulled up in a wagon and parked along Danhai Trace in Tunapuna when a Suzuki Vitara pulled up alongside him seconds after.

Despite children playing on the road as seen on CCTV footage that captured the entire incident, three masked men alighted the vehicle and grabbed Primo from his vehicle and bundled him into the backseat of the SUV.

The men then drove off.

Primo's relatives were contacted later that day, on Saturday night where a $20,000 ransom was demanded for his safe release.

Officers of the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team (SORT) and the An­ti-Kid­nap­ping Unit (AKU) were notified and investigations were launched.

Guardian Media understands that Primo's relatives allegedly managed to make up part of the ransom and allegedly dropped it off at an undisclosed location on Sunday night.

Primo was subsequently released during the wee hours of Monday morning in Tunapuna.

He was taken for medical treatment at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. He is said to be highly traumatised and with minor physical injuries.

Police said they strongly believe that Primo's kidnapping was linked to several matters he has pending before the courts.

Primo is however yet to give an official statement to the police.

 - by Rhondor Dowlat


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