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Alleged kidnap victim arrested and charged

The man who claimed to have been kidnapped and held hostage by Venezuelan gangsters in the forest, is expected to appear at the Rio Claro Magistrates Court today, following his arrest by Barrackpore Police.

24-year-old coconut water and juice salesman, Shane Ramjattan, was called into the Barrackpore Police Station at about 1pm yesterday.

He was asked to give a statement on his abduction by investigating officers.

However, Ramjattan reportedly changed the story he initially gave to the police. 

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

Arima Man Held with Revolver and Ammunition

One man was arrested and a firearm and quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Northern Division Task Force (Area East), during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Arima district.

The exercise was conducted between 3:00am and 8:00am on Sunday 19th January 2020.

Official police reports state that officers executed a search warrant at the Jacob Hill, Wallerfield, Arima home of a 25-year-old suspect.

The search resulted in officers finding one revolver loaded with four rounds of ammunition.

Dr Moonilal debunks claims MPs aligned with criminals

One Opposition MP is again refuting claims by National Security Minister Stuart Young that MPs were aligned with members of the criminal underworld.

Speaking on CNC3's The Morning Brew earlier today, Minister Young again alleged there were Members of Parliament engaging with criminals.

He also confirmed that the circumstances of some of the crooked relationships were being investigated by the police.

But Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal, again distanced UNC members from the accusations being made by the national security minister.

Three men from Malabar killed in 12 days

Another murder was recorded in Arima on Thursday night.

According to a police report, at about 8.30 pm, 43-year-old Julien Caleb was standing at the corner of Eastern Main Road and Kingdom Avenue when a gunman walked up to him and shot him dead.


Julien Caleb was the third resident from Malabar to be killed in the last 12 days. 

 

Police said Caleb lived at Richard Street in Malabar and was a barber.

Jack Warner: Activate a State of Emergency now

Former National Security Minister, Jack Warner, says it is time that Government officially activates a State of Emergency (SoE), to deal with the crime crisis in the country.

Mr Warner was reacting to news of the most recent incidents of gang violence in the capital city, Port of Spain.

He believes the authorities here need to take a page out of the Jamaica playbook with targeted SoEs in hotspot areas, in order to get a handle on gang violence.

Doctor killed in kidnapping attempt

One doctor is dead and another seriously injured after they were kidnapped by gunmen, who later crashed along the Solomon Hochoy Highway.

The deceased doctor has been identified as 38-year-old Rudradeva Sharma, of Sunset Ridge, San Fernando. He is the nephew of former Tourism Minister and former Fyzabad MP, Chandresh Sharma.

According to reports, the doctors—who are attached to the San Fernando General Hospital—got off duty at 10 pm Tuesday and were at the Scout House along Rushworth Street hanging out.

Men held for questioning in Coco Reef Resort robbery

At least two men are in police custody following a $15,000 robbery at the Coco Reef Resort and Spa, Crown Point, on Monday morning.

According to ACP Tobago Division Vernon Roberts, two men entered the resort's front office at approximately 2:37 am, armed with cutlasses.

He said the men, who wore hoodies and dark-coloured clothing, escaped on foot with the cash.

“We are at this time questioning persons of interest for that robbery and we are also reviewing CCTV footage from the scene," Roberts told Guardian Media.

Seven arrested, one for rape and two for attempted murder

Seven people were arrested on various offences, including for rape and attempted murder in police exercises conducted in South and North Trinidad.

According to a police report, the anti-crime exercise was conducted in the St Joseph and South Western Districts between 9 pm on Thursday and 5.30 am on Friday.

It was supervised by Inspector Hernandez and Sergeant Thomas (Ag), and included a party of police officers from the St Joseph Criminal Investigations Department and the Northern Division's Crime Suppression Unit.

YTC Inmate recaptured

Murder accused, Anthony Ramsumair, who had been on the run from police after escaping from the Youth Training Centre (YTC) in Arouca last October, was recaptured by police on Wednesday night in South Trinidad.

Investigators told Guardian Media that a team of officers—headed by Senior Superintendent Wayne Mohammed and including police constables Persad and Smith—held Ramsumair at a house in the Golconda Settlement, Golconda, around 8 p.m.

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