The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service says nine people between the ages of 16 to 50 have been held in connection with kidnapping of Narine Maraj, 61 and his wife, Deokie Mattie Maraj, 52, which occurred on Saturday 8th January, 2022. According to a police reports the nine suspects are from the Northern and Eastern Divisions.

The following is a press release from the TTPS:

Nine suspects have been held by police in connection with the kidnapping for ransom of Narine Maraj, 61 and his wife, Deokie Mattie Maraj, 52, which occurred on Saturday 8th January, 2022. The couple was taken from their home at gunpoint by five assailants around 5:50pm, on the said date and a ransom demand was subsequently made for their release. The couple’s silver Ford Focus was also taken by the kidnappers.

A coordinated approach was adopted by investigators under the supervision of Acting Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob and the extensive investigations included officers from the AntiKidnapping Unit, the Eastern Division Task Force, the Northern Division Task Force, the Special Operations Response TeamOperations and Intelligence, Canine Branch, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, the Special Investigations Unit and the Air Support Unit.

Several operations were coordinated and conducted between the period Saturday 8th January, 2022 and Tuesday 11th January, 2022, in the Cumaca Forest and environs, which resulted in both Narine Maraj and Deokie Maraj being secured on Sunday 9th January, 2022 and Tuesday 11th January, 2022 respectively. The couple’s vehicle was also recovered. The nine suspects, ages 16 to 50 are from the Northern and Eastern Divisions.