Alleged abductors arrested after couple kidnapped, robbed Loop Jamaica

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Three Portland men, all under 30 years old, are facing kidnapping and robbery charges after a couple, on their way to Port Antonio, were taken to a deserted area of the parish a month ago.

The men – 24-year-old Sandre Phipps, otherwise called ‘Manta’, a waiter of Land Settlement and 28-year-old taxi operator Davian Henry and 22-year-old Rolando Thomas, both of Sherwood Forest – have been charged with kidnapping, robbery with aggravation, breaches of the Law Reform Act, and breaches of the Cybercrime Act following the incident at Folly on December 17.

Reports from the Port Antonio police are that about 4pm, a man and a woman boarded a motor vehicle en route to Port Antonio Town Centre.Upon reaching Folly main road, the driver reportedly diverted and took them to a deserted area, where they were approached by three men armed with knives.

The men reportedly robbed the couple of their belongings, which include a Samsung Galaxy S22 valued at US$1,000, an iPhone 14 cellular phone valued at US$1,500, and a Go Pro camera valued at J$30,000.

While being held captive, the man was also reportedly forced to contact his mother, who transferred US$2,026 to one of his abductors via Cash App.

After the ordeal, the couple was released, and they reported the matter to the police.

Following an investigation, the men were taken into custody, and charges were laid against them.

Their court dates are being finalised, the police said.

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