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Police have interviewed and recorded statements
from several people in relation to the murder of
German couple Herbertus, 71, and Brigid Keil, 74,
In a release yesterday from Supt Joanne Archie
of the Public Affairs Unit, the police extended con-
dolences to the relatives and loved ones of the Keil
"Our thoughts and prayers are with them in their
time of Bereavement," Archie wrote.
Archie said German Embassy representative, Frank
Wunslel, visited the Scarborough Police Station and
was briefed on the state of the police investigations.
"All leads are being pursued and additional support
from several special units in Trinidad have been
deployed to strengthen the investigation process."
At approximately 9.50 am on Saturday, a couple
notified the Scarborough Police Station that while
walking along Minister s Bay Bacolet, Tobago, they
stumbled upon the body of a woman.
When the police arrived on the scene, they dis-
covered a second body; that of a male, a short dis-
The scene was visited by Supt Garth Nelson,
Tobago Division along with officers from the Homi-
cide Bureau of Investigations; Criminal Investigation
Department and the Criminal Intelligence Unit.
The victims were subsequently identified as Ger-
man nationals Herbertus Konrad Keil,71, and Brigid
Maria Keil,74, who formally resided at No 48 Bacolet
The District Medical Officer, Dr Garber, visited
the scene and ordered the removal of the bodies to
the mortuary at the Scarborough Hospital.
While the police did not say their were any sus-
pects in the case, they gave reassurances to relatives
of the dead couple and members of the public they
were intensely pursuing investigations into this
matter. Archie said the couple arrived in Tobago on
October 21, and would generally visit the island in
September/October and stay until March at their
home at Bacolet which they have owned for the
past 16 years.
The police service will be setting up two hotline
numbers today to gather any information that
can lead to an arrest and are asking members of
the public to call 635-1649 or 639-2515 in the
In a release yesterday the Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) said chief secretary Orville London
will meet with acting Police Commission Stephen
Williams today to discuss the matter.
Killing of German couple...
Police Service: All
leads being pursued
Students of the San Juan South Secondary School perform Hooray Hoorah during bpTT's National Junior Parang Festival 2014 at Preysal
High School yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
JUNIOR PARANG FESTIVAL
JENSEN LA VENDE
Residents of Brasso Seco and environs
yesterday breathe a sigh of relief boasting
they will finally have a good night s rest
after learning that the country s most wanted
man, Azmon Alexander, was caught.
According to police reports, around 10.30
am yesterday officers of the Northern Division
Task Force led by Insp Mark Maharaj chased
a green Mazda car along Lennox Yearwood
The 20 second chase began when police,
including Sgts Haywood and Marcelle and
Cpl Sifontes along with the Arima Crime
Patrol, said they got information that Alexan-
der was seen in the area.
Police said they began surveillance in the
area since Thursday after they received "certain
information." Alexander, police said, was
armed with a cutlass and gave no resistance
when the car was stopped yesterday. Both he
and the driver were arrested and taken to the
Arima Police Station.
Alexander, who escaped from the Mayaro
Magistrate s Court on January 31 after appear-
ing on kidnapping and robbery charges, was
deemed a "person of interest" in the disap-
pearance of Brasso Seco residents Irma Ram-
persad, 49, her daughters---Felicia, 17, and
Jennelle Gonzales 19 and Jennelle s daughter
14-month-old Shania Amoroso.
Police said in his attempt to elude them
over the period of time he was being sought,
he also began wearing women clothing to
hide his identity.
He was also suspected to be involved in
the disappearance of Rampersad s neighbour,
Felix Martinez, 52. The family members were
last seen on October 26 and reported missing
two days later. Some time after, Martinez was
reported missing but residents thought he
had gone hunting.
On November 8, Martinez s body was found
in a sleeping bag along with baby Shania. On
November 11, Rampersad s body was found
near a tree. All three were found badly decom-
posed in the Brasso Seco forest. Both Ram-
persad and Martinez were strangled, according
to autopsies. The cause of death for baby
Shania remains unknown as her autopsy was
inconclusive due to the advanced stage of
Three days after Rampersad s body was
found, sisters Jennelle and Felicia were rescued
from a make-shift camp deep in the Lalaja
forest. The two were guarded by two gunmen
who following a shootout with police and
soldiers escaped into the bushes. On November
15, a 17-year-old suspect surrendered to police
saying he had information pertaining to the
Speaking in an interview yesterday relatives
of Rampersad said they were overjoyed. The
women, who were on their way to a safe
house where their relatives have been since
being discharged from the Eric Williams Med-
ical Sciences Complex on November 18, said
they were unable to speak and were "relieved."
Alexander s former girlfriend and mother
to his 17-month-old, son Ameilia Hosien,
said in an interview she was disappointed
that Alexander did not heed her call to sur-
render but had to be captured like a wild ani-
She said: "I relieved to know he has been
arrested and justice could now be served on
him. I could sleep peacefully now and no
longer have to look over my shoulder. Right
now we just have to wait and see what hap-
Also speaking to the T&T Guardian yes-
terday was Rampersad s widower, Peter
Sylvester, who said the entire community was
now "relaxed." "Right now we feeling much
relief because knowing he was out there had
we under siege. Everybody glad right now
the whole community happy, things not back
to normal because I lost my wife and thing
but it much better knowing he get lock up,"
Sylvester said adding since his wife disappeared
he had not had a good night s rest which was
worsened by the thought that the man sus-
pected to be responsible was still at large.
One family at Goat Hill, Arima said they
felt both relieved and fearful. Relieved that
Alexander has been arrested but fearful of
relatives of baby Shania who have threatened
them. The family members, who are also
related to Alexander, said they had been living
in fear of him after he allegedly threatened
the entire family. The family also related to
the 17-year-old who surrendered to police
the day after the teenaged girls were rescued.
Alexander rocketed from an escaped
accused to most wanted man after the family
disappeared. When bodies began surfacing a
call was made by head of the North Eastern
Division Task Force Insp Roger Alexander for
acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams to authorise a bounty on Alexander s
head. The authorisation was never granted.
After his arrest yesterday Alexander was
taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex in Mouth Hope after complaining
of suffering injuries.
From the hospital he was transferred to the
La Horquetta Police Station where he spent
the night. He did not specify if those injuries
were inflicted by police or while on the run.
Following the disappearance and murders
of the Brasso Seco family, relatives of Alexander
pleaded with him to surrender before he was
killed by police as he was considered armed
We are relieved
Hours after Alexander's arrest, Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar was high in praise for
police. In a statement, Persad-Bissessar extended
congratulations to "all officers who dedicated
their efforts in finding this suspect."
The PM said: "Given the brutal and tragic
circumstances of the murders of three people
from the Brasso Seco community, where one
was an innocent 18-month old baby, quick and
successful work by the police brings a sense of
hope that justice will be delivered."
She also thanked civic minded citizens who
assisted the police during their investigations,
which led to Alexander's arrest.
The Prime Minister said, "All officers of our
protective services should heed the signals sent
by these interventions which can help
tremendously in ongoing efforts to build greater
trust and confidence by people and communities
in our Police Service."
PM PRAISES COPS
Brasso Seco residents:
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