Five kidnapped for $125k ransom in Westmoreland

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Five people were reportedly kidnapped from their home in Galloway district, Westmoreland this morning and held at ransom, according to the police.

Investigators assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) say armed men invaded two homes about 3:00 am and robbed the occupants of a Honda Inspire motorcar, two poker boxes and $34,000 before taking them hostage.

The common-law husband of one of the victims was also injured during the incident.

C-TOC says the victims — three women, a male and the seven-year-old daughter of one of the women — were released about 10:30 am after $125,000 was paid over to the culprits and the stolen vehicle returned.

The investigators say they are working assiduously to apprehend the perpetrators responsible for this incident.

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