Gunmen kidnap Essequibo boat builder
Police on the Essequibo Coast were up to last night hunting for three armed men who kidnapped popular boat builder Fabian Gonsalves on Thursday night at Jacklow, Upper Pomeroon, Essequibo.
Gonsalves, 42, formerly of Pomeroon River and also of Hampton Court, Essequibo Coast, was snatched from his Jacklow home around 22:00 hrs.
According to the police, Gonsalves was said to be in the company of his mother-in-law, Carol Adams and another boat-builder, Chris Williams, when two gun-toting men entered the home through an open door.
The men tied up Adams and Williams, and ordered them to lie face-down, after which they handcuffed Fabian Gonsalves and took him away in a boat.
After the ordeal, the others reportedly managed to free themselves and Gonsalves’s wife, Philomena, immediately lodged a kidnapping report with the police.
In that report the woman said that three cell phones were missing and that their house was ransacked.
The police responded quickly and spent the night searching for the men and their victim. Up to press time there was no arrest.
Police told this newspaper that searches are continuing in both the Pomeroon and on the Essequibo Coast.
Some reports indicate that the kidnappers are foreigners.
Gonsalves was the recipient of several trophies from the annual Mainstay regatta.
Gonsalves’ abduction appears to be reminiscent of the December 2007 incident in which two Venezuelan gunmen kidnapped the wife and daughter of businessman Barry Dataram from the couple’s Ruimzeight Gardens home.
They were taken to the Pomeroon, where local police rescued the victims after killing one of the kidnappers during a shoot-out.