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5th suspect held inPollonais abduction

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Natalie Pollonais

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Hours after two more suspects appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court charged with the kidnapping of Natalie Pollonais, investigators arrested a fifth suspect.

Police confirmed that the suspect was arrested in the San Fernando area on Thursday night and is assisting with their investigations. However, they said more information could not be revealed as it could undermine their efforts.

Pol­lon­ais, 49, the wife of Ja­son Pol­lon­ais, a di­rec­tor of the South Oropouche-based In­land and Off­shore Con­trac­tors Ltd (IO­CL), was kid­napped on Sep­tem­ber 6 along the SS Erin Road, Debe. On that night, po­lice found her BMW 5308 hy­brid sedan aban­doned in the park­ing lot of an HDC apart­ment build­ing at Cypress Hills, Union Hall. The kid­nap­pers con­tact­ed her fam­i­ly and de­mand­ed a ran­som for her re­turn.

Four days, lat­er, Pol­lon­ais was res­cued by po­lice af­ter they in­ter­cept­ed a white Nis­san AD Wag­on along the Churchill Roo­sevelt High­way in San Juan.

On Monday, PC Shaudelle Euin, 25, of Gasparillo and Gregory James, 50, a welder from La Brea, were charged with kidnapping for ransom by ASP Peter Ramdeen of the Southern Division. Two days later, PC Ian Dwarika, 44, of Union Hall, San Fernando and Shain Steven, 37, a contractor from Princes Town was taken to court for the same offence.

Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine rejected the men’s application for bail, saying that under the Anti Gang Act which was assented to in May, kidnapping for ransom was listed as a gang-related activity. She said it was in the category of serious offences and she would not grant bail.


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