Monday 14th August, 2006


Alert cops save two women from gunmen

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Quick response by members of the Police Service and the army saved two young women from being abducted and possibly killed on Saturday night.

Police reports state that at around 8.30 pm, three men opened fire on a house at Dunlop Drive, Cocorite.

They then dragged two 18-year-old women from the house.

Avalon Strachan, who lives in the house, and Giselle Holder, her friend, were watching television at the time.

As they pulled the women out of the house, the men accused them of setting up the murder of their friend Nazim Skinner, a police source said.

Skinner was killed in St Barb’s on Thursday.

The source said the assailants believed the two women were friends of the men who killed Skinner.

The source said someone at the house contacted the police when they saw what was happening.

Luckily for the two women, a team of Western Division detectives and soldiers were on joint patrol and were able to respond in record time.

The police officers, supervised by Insp Anthony Lezama and Sgt Henry Dan and including Sgt Reyes, confronted the men and a shoot-out ensued.

An East Dry River man, believed to be a member of the notorious G Unit gang, was found hiding behind a house nursing gunshot wounds to the face and chest.

The two other men escaped.

Police recovered two firearms and a quantity of ammunition at the scene.

The wounded man is warded at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital in critical condition under police guard.

Strachan and Holder were questioned by the police and moved to a safe house to prevent any further attempts on their lives.

Western Division Police are continuing investigations.

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