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Police say only two officers held for kidnapping

Published: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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Police on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway Monday night as they detain suspects in the kidnapping on Natalie Pollonais.

Southern Division police are confirming that only two officers were arrested during yesterday’s operation that led to the rescue of Natalie Pollonais.

Contrary to reports last night that a corporal attached to the Highway Patrol Unit was also held, a senior officer said this was not true.

The senior officer said that the person in question even contacted his seniors to express his hurt at being labelled as a kidnapper.

According to the police, San Fernando CID was working in tandem with other operational units on Monday night.

When the Organised Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Anti Kidnapping Units retrieved Pollonais in El Socorro, San Juan and arrested a suspect, a team comprising ASP Ramdeen, Insp Gajadhar, Cpl Bacchus, Cpl Pulchan, PC George, PC Lange, PC Moses and PC Acevero moved on the two constables.

The constables were on duty at the La Romaine police post at the time of their arrest.

They were being held at an undisclosed location yesterday.

Guardian Media understands that over the weekend, the errant officers were being monitored while other intelligence units gathered information about Pollonais’ location

Pollonais, 49, of Palmiste, is the wife of Ja­son Pol­lon­ais, a di­rec­tor of the South Oropouche-based Inland and Offshore Contractors Ltd (IO­CL)

Last Thursday, she dis­ap­peared af­ter vis­it­ing the Cen­tral Ath­let­ic Club gym and some stores at C3 Cen­tre.

CCTV footage showed she left in her BMW 5308 hy­brid sedan around 11.30 am. Her hus­band re­port­ed her miss­ing when she did not re­turn home.

On Thurs­day night, San Fer­nan­do CID and South­ern Di­vi­sion Task Force found her car aban­doned in the park­ing lot of an apart­ment build­ing at Cy­press Hills, Union Hall.

Al­so on that night, her kid­nap­pers con­tact­ed her fam­i­ly and de­mand­ed a US$300,000 ran­som for her re­turn.

The kid­nap­pers al­lowed her to speak to her hus­band as proof she was alive. How­ev­er, they hung up when the is­sue of the cur­ren­cy of the ran­som arose. A source said that the fam­i­ly had gath­ered the mon­ey and was pre­pared to pay.

Around Monday night, the OCIU and AKU con­ducted sur­veil­lance on a white Nis­san AD Wag­on that went to a ho­tel in Ca­roni and left min­utes lat­er.

The wagon was intercepted several minutes lat­er and Pol­lon­ais was rescued.

CCTV footage ob­tained from C3 Cen­tre had al­so shown two men wear­ing tac­ti­cal po­lice uni­forms en­ter­ing a white Nis­san AD Wag­on re­sem­bling the one she was res­cued from.

In­tel­li­gence sug­gest­ed that the kid­nap­pers were mov­ing Pol­lon­ais around, the Guardian Media was told.

A tac­ti­cal unit was de­ployed and the Wag­on was in­ter­cept­ed. A Ford Ranger, which was said to be ac­com­pa­ny­ing the wag­on, was found aban­doned in St Au­gus­tine.

The two ve­hi­cles were tak­en to the Spe­cial Ev­i­dence Re­cov­ery Unit (SERU) in Cu­mu­to for foren­sic test­ing.

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