By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Friday, January 3 2014
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ABDUCTED: Keyianna Noel, 6....
THE MAN wanted in connection with the abduction of six-year-old Keyianna Noel more than two weeks ago is in police custody after he was held yesterday morning.
A party of North-Eastern Division Task Force officers led by Inspector Roger Alexander and including Sgt Cornelius Samuel, Cpl Williams and PC Mootoor, had been in contact with the suspect who arranged to surrender himself between nine and ten o’clock yesterday morning in the El Socorro district.
However, the suspect never showed up and he switched off his cellular phone. The officers, acting on information received, went to the RBC’s San Juan branch off the Eastern Main Road in the vicinity of the Croisee, where they held the suspect at 10.30 am.
On being arrested, the suspect is reported to have admitted to abducting little Keyianna and although he knew he was wrong, could not find it within himself to surrender to the police and spend time in prison.
The officers took the suspect to the Morvant Police Station. Officers later contacted their counterparts from Besson Street CID and the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU). At midday the 36-year-old man was taken from Morvant Police Station to Besson Street Police Station where he was handed over to Sgt Hinkson.
The suspect later complained of feeling unwell and was taken to Port-of-Spain General Hospital where up to press time, he was being kept under police guard. Attorney Fareed Ali, who is the suspect’s legal counsel, was notified and made his way to hospital where he spoke with the suspect.
Ali said his client’s condition “appeared serious” as he was complaining of severe abdominal, chest and head pains. Asked if there was any apparent relation between the suspect’s medical complaints and his stay in police custody, the attorney simply stated, “I am not able to confirm nor deny at this time whether the condition he is currently in was as a result of being in the charge of the police or of a different nature.”
Keyianna was reported missing at about 4 pm on December 17. Her father Jason Noel, a tradesman of Building 60, Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain, left her at home with her siblings Jerrel Noel, nine, Naomi Noel, eight, and Malaki Belasco, five, at about 9 am and went about a block away. At about 4 pm, he received a phone call from the suspect, who is known to the family, and learned the man had taken Keyianna. The man refused to return her unless Noel gave him (the suspect) his daughter, who was staying at Noel’s home.
The police were notified and a party of officers worked throughout the night to find the missing six-year-old. The following day, the man who had Keyianna, contacted a female relative and at about 10.30 am, he dropped off Keyianna along the Priority Bus Route, near Mt Hope.