Police are investigating the apparent kidnapping of five people who were released after $125,000 ransom was paid.
Investigators, assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch (C-TOC), are probing the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping of the five people, in Galloway district, Westmoreland, on Wednesday, April 25.
Police said the victims include three women, a male and the seven-year-old daughter of one of the women.
Reports are that about 3:00 a.m., armed men invaded two homes and robbed the occupants of a Honda Inspire motorcar, two poker boxes and J$34,000 before taking them hostage. The common-law husband, of one of the victims, was also injured during the incident.
Hours later, about 10:30 a.m. the hostages were released after a sum of J$125,000 was paid over to the culprits and the stolen vehicle returned.
A release from the police said they “are working assiduously to apprehend the perpetrators responsible for this incident.”