Suspect in Central rapes surrenders on ‘Crime Watch’
By Gyasi Gonzales and Camille Bethel
UPDATED: September 25, 2011 – Trinidad Express
Four men are now in police custody for the robbery and rape of the Central mother and daughter and police say the arrest of a fifth man in connection with the incident is imminent.
Masked men broke into the family’s house in Longdenville, Chaguanas, around 2.30 a.m. on Thursday, raping the 49-year-old mother and her 17-year-old daughter and beating her two sons who were at home at the time. They stole cash and jewelry and the family’s car.
Two men were held later Thursday morning during a police exercise at Longdenville.
The third man gave up himself at Independence Square, Port of Spain on Friday night.
The suspect claimed he was in the house when the rapes occurred but said he did not commit the crime.
The third suspect is 23 years old and lives in Enterprise, Chaguanas. After surrendering himself to a media crew he was then handed over to Sgt Roger Alexander and a team of officers from the North Eastern Division Task Force who then took the man to the Chaguanas Police.
Friday night’s drama took place between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Ian Alleyne of TV6’s Crime Watch said one of his associates received a call from the third suspect’s mother who feared that her son would be arrested and harmed if the police detained him.
The man’s sister later spoke to Alleyne and arrangements were made to have him picked up in Sea Lots, Port of Spain before the 11 p.m. curfew.
Around 8 p.m. Alleyne and a camera crew picked up the suspect and took him to downtown Port of Spain where the team from the North Eastern Division Task Force was supposed the meet Alleyne and the suspect.
The hand-over point decided on was the Independence Square Branch of KFC.
The suspect, a tall medium built, dark man wearing a brown T-shirt, three-quarter pants and a pair of Clarks shoes, along with Alleyne, his cameraman and the Sunday Express waited near KFC for about 45 minutes for the police who arrested the man.
Police reports state that the fourth suspect, a 19-year-old man, was held with the cellphone of one of the victims at School Street, Enterprise, yesterday morning during an exercise carried out by the Chaguanas CID.
He confessed to police and a statement was taken from him confirming the involvement of the first two men who were arrested and that of a fifth man whom the police are now tracking with the cooperation of the men now in custody.
The first three were arrested in operations carried out by members of the Central Division Task Force and CID on Thursday and Friday.
By Nalinee Seelal
September 24, 2011 – newsday.co.tt
TWO MEN were last night being interrogated at the Chaguanas and Cunupia police stations regarding the brutal gang rape of a 49-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter at their Longdenville home early Thursday morning, during curfew hours.
The suspects, both 23, were nabbed a short while after the brutal attack. According to police, officers led by Inspector Wayne Lawrence went to Penco Street in Longdenville shortly after 11 pm, on Thursday, when the first suspect was arrested and taken to the Chaguanas Police Station.
A short while later, based on information received, officers stormed a house at Constructive Street in Enterprise, Chaguanas where the second suspect was held. This suspect, police said, began to cry as the handcuffs were slapped on him. He begged to be given a second chance. He was taken to the Cunupia Police Station.
Items of clothing, belonging to the two suspects, are to be sent for forensic tests. Police sources said they have received excellent information and are continuing the search for the other two rape suspects who are believed to have gone into hiding.
A silver-coloured Toyota car stolen from the victims’ home was recovered at Jonathan Trace in Cunupia shortly after 5 pm on Thursday. The vehicle has been sent to the Special Anti Crime Unit (SAUTT) in Cumuto for certain tests to be carried out.
The victims were at their Longdenville home on Thursday when at about 2.30 am, four masked men entered the house where they were asleep and ordered the mother to hand over cash and jewelry.
The woman was then taken to a room where she was raped. Her 17-year-old daughter was also raped by the four men and later ordered to take a shower to wash away evidence. They also tied up the woman’s two brothers and threatened to chop them. The men ransacked the house for valuables and then fled in the family’s car valued at $50,000.
The police were contacted and took the rape victims to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope where they were treated. The 17-year-old rape victim underwent emergency surgery by a team of doctors who themselves were left emotionally drained after attending to her.
Medical sources added that the girl was heavily sedated following surgery and is expected to remain warded under police guard. Her mother was discharged from hospital on Thursday and has returned to her Longdenville home.