By NALINEE SEELAL Thursday, February 6 2014
A 29-YEAR-OLD Couva man was yesterday positively identified by a 13-year-old schoolgirl as being one of two men who raped her shortly after the intruders forced their way into the teen’s home two Sundays ago.
Police sources last night told Newsday the man is also being questioned in relation to a murder which was committed last Saturday. The suspect was positively identified during an Identification Parade held yesterday at the Chaguanas Police Station.
The suspect was arrested on Monday afternoon at his home. Acting Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham head of the Central Division told Newsday investigators are confident of making a breakthrough into this probe with the arrest of the second suspect shortly.
According to sources officers have received key information which could point them in the direction of the second suspect who remained in hiding up until yesterday.
Two Sundays ago, two men (one armed with a gun) forced their way into the house and announced a hold-up. The home owner, a 47-year-old businessman, his 41-year-old wife, his 71-year-old mother and his teen daughter were robbed of cash, jewelry and other items. The teen was later raped by the two men.
The rapists later attempted to escape in the businessman’s car, but because they experienced difficulty in driving out of the compound, they abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
Newsday understands Acting Senior Superintendent Abraham took a personal interest in this matter and after intense investigations, which he led and including Inspector Terrence Williams and Sgt Jitindra Toolaram, they arrested one of the suspects on Monday.
Police sources said based on information they received from the detained suspect, police sources say they believe the second suspect will be held very soon.