Police were last night questioning a number of persons following the kidnapping of a 29-year-old woman from Agricola. Some men reportedly kidnapped the woman around 20:00 hrs on Thursday night.
The kidnappers had initially demanded $20M for her release soon after they kidnapped the woman. However, they lowered their demand to $10 million yesterday morning.
Gail Perreira, a shipping company employee of Lot 12, Evan Philips Park, Agricola, was snatched from outside her home while sitting in a taxi.
She had still not been located at press time.
Kaieteur News understands that investigators have since arrested a number of people, and are working on different theories in relation to the motive for the abduction.
A police statement said that Perreira went home by taxi and upon her arrival a black Raum motor vehicle drove up and three men, including one with a handgun, exited.
The men stuck up the taxi-driver, placed him to lie on the ground, then abducted Gail Perreira and drove away with her in their vehicle. They also took away the taxi-driver’s car.
Subsequently, the abducted woman’s brother, Roger Perreira, received a call from a man who demanded a ransom of $20 million in exchange for her safe return.
A report was made to the Ruimveldt Police Station. The taxi-driver’s vehicle was recovered on the roadway in front of the West Ruimveldt Primary School.
A brother of the kidnapped woman said that other relatives who were in the house saw the abduction.
According to the brother, the kidnappers reversed quickly out of the street and made good their escape before anyone could react or even get the vehicle’s licence number.
“Everything happened so fast,” he said.
He described Gail Perreira as “a very quiet person,” who had no enemies. He said that the family was baffled about the motive for the kidnapping.
According to him, the family does not have the kind of cash that the kidnappers are demanding.
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