A $200,000 ransom has been demanded for the safe release of a Manzanilla gardener who was reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday.
Police said John Ramoutar, 62, told relatives he was going to tend to his crop.
He lives on the Eastern Main Road, Manzanilla, and his garden is located about 100 metres from his home.
Investigators said when he did not return
home, Ramoutar’s daughter-in-law called his cellphone around 5.40 p.m. She heard her father-in-law’s screams on the line before the phone went dead, police said.
The woman dialled Ramoutar’s number again. She told investigators a man answered and said her father-in-law owed him money and he would not be released until that sum was paid.
Police said Ramoutar’s son, Richard, received a call later that evening. The caller demanded $200,000 for his father’s safe release.
No further calls were made to Ramoutar’s rela-
tives and calls to his cell-
phone remain unanswered.
The Anti-Kidnapping Squad was contacted and is investigating.