Two teens allegedly kidnapped, held for ransom and sexually assaulted

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Three men were taken into custody on Thursday morning, to assist police in their investigation of two teenage girls who were allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

Police said the alleged kidnappers also demanded a ransom from the mother of one of the girls, claiming she would be killed if the ransom was not paid.

Police also reported that the car that was being used by the teenagers at the time of their alleged abduction was also stolen.

This information was not issued to the media in Thursday’s daily crime report. However, head of the Central Detective Unit, Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash, told Eyewitness News Online in a telephone interview last night that the Police Control Room received a 911 call shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, from a female who alleged that her daughter had been kidnapped and the kidnapper was demanding a ransom; stating that her child would be killed if the ransom was not met.

Cash said upon receiving this information, police commenced an investigation and was able to speak with the mother of the victim in person.

According to Cash, police conducted a clandestine operation with the mother of the victim, which led police to the area of Tonique Williams-Darling Highway and Blue Hill Road.  While there, Cash said police met an ongoing confrontation of persons in a car that was allegedly taken from the two teenage victims.

“That vehicle was able to evade the police into the Carmichael Road area. However, officers were able to comb the area and they recovered that vehicle and found two female victims who alleged that they were in the area of Marlborough Street when they were accosted by a lone gunman who robbed them of their vehicle, kidnapped them and sexually assaulted them,” Cash said.

The CDU chief said both females were medically examined and the vehicle that was stolen from the teenagers was also recovered.

“We have three persons in police custody who are assisting the police in its investigation,” said Cash, adding that he could not disclose the amount of the ransom that was requested by the alleged kidnapper, nor could he disclose the age of the females, only stating that they are “adult teens”.

Police investigations continue.