Friday 20 September, 2019

Three arrested, one on the run in pair of St Lucian kidnappings

A man has been arrested and charged with the kidnapping of an 18-year-old female, said to be his ex-girlfriend, while another is being pursued by police in a separate kidnapping case.

The kidnapping of the 18-year-old became a nationwide topic of discussion when the young woman posted a video of herself on social media criticizing persons who disparaged her regarding the incident.

Police was not too quick to comment about the incident which occurred Friday, August 23, 2019, but broke their silence on Monday, September 2, 2019, by admitting that the young woman’s ex-boyfriend, Antonius Jn Baptiste, also known as Antonius Remy, was arrested and charged with the offence of kidnapping.

Wayne Chalery, Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime and Intelligence Management, told reporters that Antonius is presently at the island’s sole jail facility, the Bordelais Correctional Facility.

Antonius appeared in court last Friday where his summations for bail fell on deaf ears as the magistrate denied him bond.

According to Charlery, on Friday, August 23, 2019, at about 1 pm, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department responded to a report of kidnapping made by the mother of the 18-year-old.

Charlery said that the mother called on behalf of her daughter, the pair of which live at Ciceron, Castries, indicating that it was her daughter’s ex-boyfriend who kidnapped her daughter.

Antonius was arrested Tuesday, August 27, 2019, and subsequently charged for kidnapping and taken to court Friday, August 30, 2019, where he is currently staying.

Charlery also gave information on another kidnapping, this one occurring in the northern town of Gros Islet. He said that two of the suspects in the Gros Islet kidnapping were charged but are presently out on bail waiting to attend court at a subsequent date. He revealed that a third suspect in that same kidnapping is now being pursued by police.

When asked whether police saw the two kidnappings as an emerging trend Charlery said: “We do not see that as an emerging trend just yet, however, we shall certainly inform you if we see it as being that way in the future.”

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