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Businessman, worker kept ‘hostage’ by bandits
A San Fernando businessman and his employee spent a nerve-wracking four hours trapped in their office yesterday, after bandits threatened to “execute” them if they contacted the police. Police said around 11 am, Razan Hosein, 57, the owner of Sharon’s General Contractors Enterprises, was at the Cocoyea Village business place when two men walked in, pretending to be customers.
After surveying the store for a few minutes, one of the men took out a gun, ordered Hosein and clerk Sherrifa Mohammed, 18, into an office and locked the door. The men held their victims at gunpoint and robbed them of $1,500 which was locked in the vault and $150 which Mohammed had in her possession. The gunmen warned Hosein that if they saw any police, they would return and kill them both. They then locked the office door and the entrance to the building and escaped.
Around 3 pm, Hosein and Mohammed freed themselves and called the police. Under Snr Supt Cecil Santana, police searched the area, but up to late yesterday no suspects had been held. Police said Hosein did not contact them sooner because he was afraid the gunmen would make good on their promise.
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