THREE police officers, who thwarted a kidnapping and possible murder over the weekend, were yesterday commended and awarded $500 each for their “keen powers of observation and devotion to duty”.
They are acting Inspector David Knutt and constables Eric Sealey and Joel Cassie.
They are all members of the Highway Patrol Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
Around 12.05 a.m. on Saturday, Knutt, Sealey and Cassie were on mobile patrol on the south-bound lane of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway, in the vicinity of the Caroni Surveillance bay, when they observed a white Nissan B13 parked along the side of the road. The car had two male occupants.
The police officers challenged the men and while interviewing them, the officers heard a knocking sound coming from the trunk of the vehicle.
When the lid of the trunk was opened, the officers found a man hog-tied inside. He appeared to be badly beaten.
The victim was identified as a 57-year-old labourer from Aranjuez.
The occupants of the car, two brothers from Diego Martin, aged 27 and 32, were taken into custody.
Knutt, Sealey and Cassie were commended by acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams and presented with certificates of commendation, in addition to cash awards valued at $500 each.