TRINIDAD-Police rescue 70-year-old business woman

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A 70-year-old Point Fortin woman, the wife of a contractor, was rescued by police following a high-speed chase on Thursday night.

The woman was found bound and blindfolded in the back seat of her BMW X-5 Sport Utility Vehicle.

A bag containing cash and jewellery belonging to the victim were also found inside the vehicle.

A teenager and another man were held in connection with the incident.

A Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) release stated that officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) received information of a kidnapping and robbery in progress in the Clifton Hill, Point Fortin area around 7:56pm.

Police said the information was immediately passed on to ASP Ramdeen of the South Western Division Operations Unit who coordinated a response.

Officers spotted the white BMW X-5 belonging to the victim proceeding at a high speed along Canaan Road, Point Fortin and gave chase.

Police said the vehicle subsequently crashed into a street sign in the Mahaica district.

Six male suspects exited the vehicle and escaped into some nearby bushes. However, one of them, a 17-year-old of Couva, was apprehended by officers.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers found the victim who was bound and blindfolded. She was taken to the Point Fortin Area Hospital for treatment.

A second suspect, a 27-year-old of Point Fortin, was arrested following enquiries by officers in the district. He was found with the keys to BMW and Toyota motor vehicles in his possession.

The release stated that the victim told police that she had just arrived at her home when she was accosted by six men who took her inside the house and demanded cash and jewellery.

She said the men then tied her up and threatened to kill her, before placing her in her BMW motor vehicle and driving off.

Officers of the SORT, SWD Task Force, SWD Emergency Response Patrol, Point Fortin Criminal Investigations Department, and Municipal Police are continuing the search for the other suspects.

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