Northern Division Police have detained two suspected rapists who attacked a 21-year-old woman at a picnic site at the Caura River, Tacarigua, on Tuesday.Shortly after 3 pm, police said the woman was at the site with a male companion when they were approached by three men armed with cutlasses. Police said the victim's friend ran away on seeing the men, leaving her behind.
The woman told police two of them then attacked her, pinned her to the ground and took turns raping her, while the third man watched. The trio then ran away along the Caura Royal Road.With the assistance of a taxi driver, the woman went to the Tunapuna Police Station and reported the incident. She was able to give investigators a description of her attackers.Police, led by Senior Supt David Abraham, went to the area and searched for the rapists.
One of the men, 30, was arrested hours later while tending to a garden near the Caura Hospital.The other suspect, 27, was arrested shortly after 1 pm, after police were told he was hiding near the river, which runs behind the hospital.Police said the men are from Caura and El Dorado and one of them had been wanted for some time in connection with numerous recent sexual assaults in Tunapuna.
The suspects were being interrogated up to late yesterday. The arrest of the third suspect is imminent, police said.They are expected to participate in ID parades today and tomorrow before they are charged.Sgts Pitt and Charles of the Northern Division are probing the rape.