Crime

Venezuelan national shot and killed

A Venezuelan national was shot and killed shortly after nine last evening.

Initial reports had suggested that a gunman had alighted from a vehicle and opened fire on a gyro vendor, who was plying his trade in the vicinity of the ABC roundabout in Point Fortin.

However, police have since confirmed that the victim has been identified as a Venezuelan national who was standing near the gyro vendor's stall.

The shooting incident sent bystanders scampering to safety.

Suspect in Trini’s murder set himself on fire

The 30-year-old sus­pect want­ed for the mur­der of Trinidad-born Kiara Al­leyne, 20, at her home in Flori­da on Wednes­day has been re­ceiv­ing med­ical care af­ter he was found se­ri­ous­ly in­jured by Mar­i­on Coun­ty homi­cide of­fi­cers and had to be air­lift­ed from the area where he was lo­cat­ed.

Ac­cord­ing to Mar­i­on Coun­ty of­fi­cers, the sus­pect was found in the Flori­da Keys on Wednes­day morn­ing and air­lift­ed to Ry­der Trau­ma Cen­ter in Mi­a­mi with burns to the arms in what they de­scribed as a “bizarre se­ries of events that be­gan with a bur­glary call.”

Diego Martin man arrested during anti-crime exercise

One man was arrested and a pistol and a quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Western Division during an anti-crime exercise in Diego Martin yesterday.

The exercise, conducted around 3:00 pm included officers of the Diego Martin Criminal Investigations Department.

According to police reports, during the exercise, officers were on patrol along the Diego Martin Main Road, when they observed a suspect behaving in a suspicious manner.

Santa Cruz man held with gun and ammunition

One man was arrested and a revolver and quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Santa Cruz Criminal Investigations Department, during an anti-crime exercise.

The exercise, coordinated and supervised by (Ag.) Sgt. Quashie was conducted yesterday.

According to police reports during the exercise, officers had cause to stop and search a man who was walking along Pipiol Road, Santa Cruz.

The search resulted in officers finding one Smith and Wesson revolver containing four rounds of ammunition and a quantity of marijuana in his possession.

Welder's murder a 'hit'

Naresh "Venesh" Basant, 40, of Charlieville was lured to his death under the pretence that someone needed him to do a job estimate for a roof at Korea Village in Carapichaima.

More than a week ago, Basant began to get calls on his cellphone. The female voice kept asking him if he can do a roofing job for her.

But when Basant did manage to find the time and go to the site at Jagbir Street he was instead gunned down. He was shot 12 times about the body believed to be by a high-powered rifle shortly after 6 pm on Monday.

Kidnappers seek $2.5m cocaine ransom for Venezuelan couple

An es­ti­mat­ed $2.4 mil­lion worth of co­caine has been de­mand­ed for the re­lease of a Venezue­lan cou­ple who was al­leged­ly kid­napped on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.
The An­ti-Kid­nap­ping Unit is lead­ing the search for mi­grants Juan Ruiz Es­pinoza, 23 and his girl­friend Bet­z­a­bett Gui­tte, 20. 

In­ves­ti­ga­tors spent Sun­day and yes­ter­day ques­tion­ing rel­a­tives and neigh­bours about the in­ci­dent.

Welder assessing a job gunned down

Naresh "Ve­nesh" Bas­ant was gunned down in Ko­rea Vil­lage in Cara­pichaima on Mon­day night while on a site as­sess­ing a prospec­tive job.

Bas­ant, of Char­lieville, Ch­agua­nas, was fa­tal­ly shot while at Jag­bir Street around 7.45 pm.

Po­lice re­port­ed that res­i­dents heard sev­er­al gun­shots be­fore Bas­ant's body was found ly­ing on the road­way next to his Hon­da Civic mo­tor­car.

Cops arrest impostor in major identity theft scam

Po­lice are call­ing on mem­bers of the pub­lic to con­duct busi­ness trans­ac­tions us­ing na­tion­al ID cards rather than dri­vers per­mits af­ter mak­ing a ma­jor break­through in a fake iden­ti­ty scam.

The call fol­lows the ar­rest of an im­poster who im­per­son­at­ed a Bar­rack­pore house­wife and rent­ed cars which were then sold to un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims in South Trinidad.

Chaguanas man detained for drug possession

One man was arrested and quantities of cocaine, marijuana and TT and US currencies seized, by officers of the Central Division Task Force during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Division yesterday.

The exercise, supervised by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Hunte, Supt. Mystar and ASP (Ag.) Smith, was conducted on September 4th, during which the officers executed a search warrant at the Main Road, Chaguanas home of a 35-year-old suspect.

The search resulted in officers finding 49 grammes of cocaine, 89 grammes of marijuana and TT$56,933 and US$58 in cash.

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