Suspect still on the run

By Rickie Ramdass

THE man suspected of abducting Keyianna Noel, six, from her Duncan Street, Port of Spain, home on Tuesday evening is still on the run.

Up to yesterday evening, police were still searching for the 36-year-old man who took the girl from her home and left her along the Priority Bus Route (PBR) the following morning.

Officers of the Besson Street Police Station and Port of Spain Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said they were confident the man, who has since gone into hiding, would be taken into custody soon.

The man lured the child from her apartment, where she was with her three other siblings, Jerrel Noel, nine; Naomi, eight; and Malaki Belasco, five; after promising to buy her snacks. 

The girl’s father, Jasson Noel, told reporters on Wednesday around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, he left the children at home and went a short distance away.

Sometime around 4 p.m., while still away, he received a telephone call from the suspect but informed him he was busy and was unable to speak at the time.

Noel said a few minutes later he learnt the man had taken Keyianna from the apartment, promising to but her snacks, despite her two older siblings urging her not to go.

Officers of the Besson Street Police Station were notified and officers, led by Insp Sahadeo Singh, immediately started searching for the child.

On Wednesday morning, the suspect contacted Keyianna’s mother and informed her he was going to drop the girl off along the PBR in Mt Hope, where she was eventually found by police.

She was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where she was medically examined. The examination concluded that she had not been harmed. 

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