Police to Object to Bail of Alleged Kidnappers

Deputy Police Commissioners Stafford Liburd, said on Saturday, (29th October), that his department will strongly object to bail being granted to the two men who are now in custody, assisting their investigation, of the kidnapping of Mrs. Gilda Vaughn, on Friday morning.

Liburd said that they are hoping that the full force of the law would be brought against Jermaine Riley of Soho, Central Basseterre and Ali Percival of Cardin Avenue, West Basseterre.

He also confirmed that a third man is also being held by police as part of the ongoing investigations.

Riley and Percival were said to have been subdued by the security forces during the early Saturday morning raid on an unoccupied building on East Park Range, Basseterre, where they successfully rescued Mrs. Vaughn.

Liburd also indicated that 75 rounds and three weapons were also retrieved in the operation.

Mrs. Vaughn and her husband Larry were held taken from their homes just after 3:00am last Friday, but the husband, Larry was dropped off around 5:30am, at the Kim Collins Highway, in East Basseterre, after the alleged kidnappers ordered him to return with a sum of ransom money, which he was directed to obtain from his place of work, the First Caribbean International Bank, in Basseterre. Vaughn is said to be a senior employee of the financial institution.

Speaking on the issue, Mr. Vaughn explained that two men entered his home at Sea View Housing and removed them from the premises.

Following the report, the Strategic Intelligence Unit, the Delta Squad, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force formed a joint crisis team using all human, technological and other assets at their disposal to rescue the victim unharmed, said Liburd.

He revealed that the Joint Security Forces executed an operation at 3:15 am on Saturday 29th October at an unoccupied house at East Park Range and rescued the victim who was immediately taken to the Joseph N. France General Hospital where she was medically examined and later released.

No word though on whether the ransom money was paid.

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