Police rescue kidnapped teen from Alberttown home
Top Cop hails operation
Stabroek News
December 11, 2003

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An 18-year-old who was kidnapped on Tuesday was rescued by members of the Guyana Police Force's anti-kidnapping unit who swooped on a house on Lamaha Street, Alberttown yesterday and made several arrests.

A release from the Government Information Agency (GINA), reported that Commissioner of Police (ag), Floyd McDonald said the recovery exercise, "was 100 per cent successful".

The release reported that while the commissioner did not wish to release the name of the victim for security reasons, he confirmed that some time during the course of Tuesday it was reported to the police that a teenager was kidnapped.

Subsequent investigations and events that unfolded vindicated the theory of a kidnapping, the release said.

The commissioner said those investigations led to the recovery of the teenager and a number of persons are in police custody.

The matter is currently engaging the attention of the police.

GINA reported that it was brought to the attention of the police that the abductors demanded a ransom of $1M and some money was paid. This money was recovered.

Routine medical checks were made on the victim at a city hospital where he is reported to be resting comfortably.

And Minister of Home Affairs, Ronald Gajraj is optimistic that the apprehension of suspects in this incident would lead to the breaking of a ring inclined to abduct individuals for ransoms. He mentioned that Kidnapping Act had been passed in the National Assembly pointing out that there was sufficient evidence to sustain prosecution under the act.

Gajraj expressed gratitude for the perseverance and commitment of the police commissioner and ranks who worked through the night for the recovery of the kidnapped teen.