Trinidad businessman kidnapped, US$6m ransom needed for release

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Kidnappers pretending to be police officers snatched a San Fernando businessman on Sunday and have demanded a ransom of US $6 million for his return.

Yohan Chin was kidnapped from his home at Monica Drive, Palmiste. Chin’s business partner and neighbour, a 36-year-old man reported the kidnapping to police on Tuesday evening –  two days after it occurred.

He said Chin had instructed him not to go to the police. The man has since been detained by police.

The neighbour who is the owner of a pharmacy in Marabella, told police that around 5.15 have he received a phone call from his friend and business partner Chin, who is a Jamaican national.

He reported that Chin told him that men armed with firearms wearing TTPS uniforms kidnapped him.

He said Chin told him the kidnappers wanted money, and he would call back with instructions.

Chin also instructed him to go to his home four houses away and move his Porche Panamera car to his home for safe keeping.

Chin, he said, told him to organise $400,000 and not involve the police. The business partner went to Chin’s home 15 minutes later and saw the house ransacked.

He also met a woman who identified herself as “Chelsea” of San Juan.

She said that she was asleep when she heard a commotion and awoke to see men in police uniforms wearing ski masks and hats with “POLICE” written on it.

He said that since Sunday he had received numerous calls from Chin on his cell phone requesting various amounts of money.

The business partner said Chin did not indicate to him that this was ransom money.

On Tuesday evening around 6.30 pm, Chin again contacted him and instructed him to organise US $6 million by selling his Porche Panamera, Sylvester’s Mercedes Benz, and a piece of land at Boy Cato Road, Chin Chin.

Officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) including ASP Parriman, San Fernando CID led by Sgt Williams and other officers are leading investigations.