Police officer among 4 held for attempted kidnap of Venezuelan woman

A police officer and three other men believed to be involved in a human trafficking ring were detained last night for questioning after they attempted to kidnap a 29-year-old female Venezuelan national in Diego Martin.

Investigators told CNC3 that the woman was walking along Diego Martin Main Road in company with her male companion close to 8:30 last night when a grey Nissan Serena van pulled up alongside.

One of the men jumped out and grabbed her and told her companion he could not do anything because they had a "police officer moving with them."

The men then sped off with the girl. Ramkissoon later contacted the police and officers of the Divisional Gang Intelligence Unit headed by Inspector Vincent together Senior Superintendent Garth Nelson, ACP Irwin Hackshaw and officers of the Western Division within minutes mobilised and gave chase.

With the help of officers of the St Margaret''s Police Station officers were able to intercept the vehicle along the southbound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway in the vicinity of the Macaulay flyover.

The vehicle was seized and the men take the Four Roads Police Station for questioning.

The men are said to be from the Santa Cruz and Marabella areas.

Sources close to the investigation revealed that Figueras who was seeking asylum was promised help by these men when she entered the country several weeks ago. 

The woman was able to reach out to her companion who she had been speaking to via Facebook for several months and managed to escape and meet up with him.

Sources say the woman was contacted by a female friend in Venezuela who told her she was coming to Trinidad yesterday and wanted her to meet her at the Cedros port.

Police believe the men found out about the rendezvous and were later able to pinpoint where she had gone when she left the port with her friend.

Investigations are continuing.

- by Mark Bassant

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