Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
A hostage drama which played out in Mandeville yesterday ended with the arrest of two men, and the recovery of more than $100,000 in cash and an illegal firearm.
Eyewitnesses report that after hours of negotiating with the police, danger was only averted when one of the alleged kidnappers telephoned his mother, who later visited the house where her son and another man were reportedly holding the son of a Mandeville businessman at gunpoint.
Reports say the businessman's son was released and both men surrendered to the police peacefully after the woman was allowed to speak to her son.
Head of the Area Three police, Assistant Commissioner Derrick Knight, said investigations have indicated that the incident was a random act.
Knight said the men are to be interviewed in the presence of their attorneys before facing criminal charges.
HELD AFTER COLLECTING MONEY
According to police sources, the drama started after the businessman's son, who is a university student, went to collect money sent by his father, who is off the island.
He was about to enter his home, one source revealed, when two men, one of them carrying a gun, held him up and robbed him of more than $100,000.
An off-duty policeman in the area was reportedly alerted and sprang into action while summoning his colleagues from the Mandeville police.
According to one eyewitness, the kidnappers forced the businessman's son inside the house before engaging police personnel in a lengthy negotiation.
The eyewitness reported that they broke down two doors in their attempt to rescue the hostage, but said the men locked themselves inside another room with the victim.