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After three (3) bandits allegedly broke into a van and stole $20,000 on Wednesday (28th July 2021), the victim and another man decided to chase down the bandits’ car on the Highway and through backroads in San Juan.
While the chase ensues, the victim records video of what is taking place and desperately tries to get assistance from the Police on the phone - the two (2) vehicles even passed in front of the Barataria Police Station.
Watch the video below, courtesy of Inside Source 911.
Reports indicate the bandits’ car was eventually cornered by Police, but it is unclear if the bandits were caught or if the alleged $20,000 was recovered.
Stay tuned for updates.
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Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, says he has been bombarded with calls and messages about “unconfirmed reports” that there is a hostage situation at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
According to a Media Release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) this afternoon (Monday 26th July 2021), the Commissioner said this social media post had been circulated many times. Commissioner Griffith says there is absolutely no truth to this rumour about any hostage situation at the City Hospital. The CoP said this social media post is similar to another which was posted exactly six (6) years ago when there was a break-out at the Port-of-Spain State Prison resulting in the death of a Police Officer and two (2) of the escapees being shot.
Commissioner Griffith is once again asking that persons refrain from posting such matters which could lead to panic among the population.
Carli Bay fishermen, Parasram Boodoo and Navindra Garib, set out to sea on Monday (19th July 2021). Unfortunately, the pair did not return home and their pirogue was found ashore in Granville, Cedros. Only the body of Boodoo has been found at sea so far.
Their boat engine was missing, which immediately suggested the pair may have been attacked by pirates, which is a known occurrence in the area. Police later recovered the missing boat engine under a house and arrests were made.
The latest incident with Boodram and Garib came on the heels of the 2-year anniversary of another tragic incident involving Carli Bay fishermen. On 22nd July 2019, pirates attacked several Carli Bay and Orange Valley fishing pirogues sometime after Midnight in the Gulf, beating the fishermen and throwing them overboard into the sea. Their engines and vessels were stolen.
While some, fortunately, were able to swim back to shore, five (5) fishermen drowned and two (2) others were never found. Police charged a Sea Lots man with their murders. They also charged two (2) women and another man with stealing two (2) of the engines, which they recovered in Sea Lots hours after that attack.
At 4:45pm on Wednesday afternoon (21st July 2021, Couva Police, led by Sgt Rawlins, went near the Point Lisas Industrial Development Company, where they met Officers attached to the Coastal and Riverine Unit. The marine Officers reported that they had discovered human remains floating in the Gulf of Paria. After retrieving the body and bringing it to shore, Boodram’s family later confirmed the identification at the Forensic Science Centre in St. James on Thursday.
Four (4) crews on pirogues searched the Gulf of Paria for Garib’s body on Thursday, with his family at the Bay anxiously awaiting any news - but up to mid-afternoon there was none.
Although authorities had pledged to work closely with the fishing communities of Carli Bay and Orange Valley following the tragic incident in 2019, fishermen said not much has happened since.
Fishermen have made several recommendations to authorities since then, including having access to flare guns. They also asked that the Government provide radar equipment to help capture pirates and improve the communication and response by the Coast Guard to distress calls.
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[Source: T&T Guardian]
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through the U.S. Embassy in Port-of-Spain facilitated training for fourteen (14) Officers attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), focusing on kidnapping response.
According to a Press Release from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday (22nd July 2021), the virtual training was taught by subject matter experts from the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division and Crisis Negotiations Unit. “The experts shared the latest techniques and best practices on investigative processes and negotiations when handling kidnapping cases. The FBI hopes to provide more in-depth in-person training once COVID-19 health protocols are lifted.”
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith thanked the U.S. Embassy for its continued partnership with the TTPS.
"I am pleased to have Officers under my command attend a virtual kidnapping training session with the FBI. This training focused on best practices and would enable the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and the analytical department to utilize modern techniques in kidnapping investigations. As Commissioner of Police, I will continue to seek out training opportunities for Officers of the TTPS by partnering with established organizations such as the FBI."
One (1) man was arrested with 138 Kilograms (304.24 Lbs) of marijuana in his vehicle on Sunday morning (18th July 2021). Around the same time, Police arrested three (3) other men at Grand Bazaar waiting to receive the same marijuana.
According to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), around 5am on Sunday, members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and canine unit, together with internal and external partners, embarked on ‘Operation Red Fox’ which led them to conduct surveillance in the Moruga district relative to information received about a vehicle - a silver Nissan Cube.
Around 7:15am, the silver Nissan Cube, with one (1) male occupant, was intercepted on the Northbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway, in the vicinity of the Caroni Bridge. On searching the vehicle, a large quantity of marijuana was found in the trunk. The driver, of Lance Mitan Road, Moruga, was arrested and taken to the St. Joseph Police Station together with the marijuana for further processing.
The Police party received further information and went to Grand Bazaar where they arrested three (3) other men who were waiting to receive the 138 Kilograms (304.24 Lbs) of marijuana. One (1) of the men lives at La Ruffin Road, Moruga, and was the driver of a Silver Nissan AD Wagon. Another lives at Roxborough Extension, Diego Martin, and was the driver of a white Nissan Navarra. The third man lives at Topaz Avenue, Diamond Vale, Diego Martin.
They were also taken to the St. Joseph Police Station. The two (2) vehicles were also seized. The marijuana was weighed at the Police Station.
Charges are expected to be laid soon and the four (4) men will appear virtually before a Magistrate.
Investigations are continuing.
According to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), twenty-one (21) persons were arrested at a ‘Birthday Zess’ party in Sea Lots early this morning (Saturday 17th July 2021). They will be charged with breach of the Curfew Regulations, gathering in numbers exceeding five (5) persons, and failing to wear face masks, in contravention of the Public Health Regulations.
An intelligence-led operation targeting five (5) priority offenders was conducted in the Port-of-Spain Division between the hours of 3am and 8am on Saturday (17th July 2021) by members of the Port-of-Spain Task Force, Port-of-Spain Gang Unit, Belmont Operations Unit, Special Branch and the K-9 unit.
This exercise was co-ordinated by ACP Yusuf Gaffar and Snr. Supt. Terrance Nobbee, spearheaded by W/Supt. Lancaster-Ellis and Supt. Kissoonlal, ASP Cumberbatch and Insp. Knott, and supervised by Sgt. Alexander, Cpl's Huggins and Bristol, and other Police Officers.
The TTPS said that around 3:50am, based upon intelligence gathered relative to a "Birthday Zess" party to be hosted at a secret location in Pioneer Drive, Sea Lots, by a known priority offender, Officers went to a location at the said Pioneer Drive, where they saw a crowd of approximately twenty-five (25) gathered on the road way.
The crowd scattered upon seeing the marked Police vehicles. A chase ensued and twenty-one (21) persons were arrested a short distance away.
They were conveyed to the San Juan, Besson Street, Central Police, Woodbrook and Carenage Police Stations, for safe keeping and to be charged for the offences of breach of COVID-19 Regulations by gathering in numbers exceeding five (5) persons, breach of the Curfew Regulations and failing to wear face masks.
One (1) of the persons arrested is the leader of a female gang in Maraval. The arrested persons will be charged this weekend and will appear virtually at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court this week.
Police also executed warrants at five (5) homes in the Sea Lots area for arms and ammunition, but nothing illegal was found.
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