A contractor from South Trinidad has emerged as the man behind the kidnapping of housewife, Natalie Pollonais.
As investigations continue into the kidnapping, police sources revealed that the contractor, working in tandem with crooked police officers, snatched Pollonais knowing that her family was loaded and could pay a ransom.
On Wednesday, investigators picked up a fourth suspect after he surrendered. Two police officers and a civilian are already in custody. Sources say more suspects are wanted for last Thursday’s kidnapping.
Pollonais, 49, of Palmiste, is the wife of Jason Pollonais, a director of the South Oropouche-based Inland and Offshore Contractors Ltd (IOCL)
Last Thursday, she disappeared after visiting the Central Athletic Club gym at C3 Centre, San Fernando.
CCTV footage showed she left in her BMW 5308 hybrid sedan around 11.30 am. Her husband reported her missing when she did not return home.
On Thursday night, San Fernando CID and Southern Division Task Force found her car abandoned in the parking lot of an apartment building at Cypress Hills, Union Hall.
Her kidnappers contacted her family and demanded a US$300,000 ransom for her return. The kidnappers allowed her to speak to her husband as proof she was alive. However, they hung up when the issue of the currency of the ransom arose.
On Monday night, police conducted surveillance on a white Nissan AD Wagon that went to a hotel in St Helena. The wagon left but was intercepted several minutes later along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, El Socorro, near the Courts Megastore and Pollonais was rescued. The driver of the car was detained and two police officers from the Southern Division were detained soon after.
CCTV footage obtained from C3 Centre had also shown two men wearing tactical police uniforms entering a white Nissan AD Wagon resembling the one she was rescued from.
Investigations are continuing.