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Three charged for kidnapping Clarendon man, demanding $12m ransom

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 10:01 AM

The police have charged three St Catherine men for kidnapping a man from Toby Heights, May Pen, Clarendon last weekend and demanding a $12 million ransom.

They are 30-year-old labourer, Bernard Townsend, of Crescent district, Spanish Town, 23-year-old Jamar Kidd, otherwise called ‘Little Wicked’, of Port Henderson Road and 29-year-old Jaseth McLean, otherwise called ‘Storm’, of Old Harbour.

The police say on May 1, the victim was at his home in Clarendon when the men entered his property and demanded money and other valuables.

When their demands were not met, the men allegedly took the victim from his home and held him hostage.

The police say $12 million was demanded for his release.

The Police were alerted and Detectives attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch began a probe into the matter.

They say investigations led to the apprehension of the suspects and subsequent release of the victim.

The alleged perpetrators are charged with kidnapping, extortion, conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to extort, robbery with aggravation and participating in a criminal organisation.
All three men are scheduled to reappear before the May Pen Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday, May 18.