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A Chaguanas family is today giving
thanks for the safe return of their five-
month-old daughter, Caeli Teelucksingh,
who was unwittingly abducted when ban-
dits stole their SUV yesterday morning.
The screaming child was eventually res-
cued by police from the tightly shut SUV,
which was abandoned in an empty lot a
short distance away from the family s Lange
Park home. She was unhurt.
Her grateful but traumatised mother,
Crystal Teelucksingh, said yesterday: "When
they found her she was in the vehicle. The
van was not running, it was closed and the
windows were up. There would have been
no way for the air to get in."
She expressed gratitude to the police for
responding immediately and rescuing Caeli.
The drama unfolded around 8 am, when
Pooran Teelucksingh, on his way to work,
was dropping off his wife Crystal and their
two children, Caeli and Jaden, four, at the
home of his mother-in-law, Cheryl Marcano,
to spend the day.
The Teelucksinghs are both firefighters
assigned to the Chaguanas Fire Station.
Caeli was buckled in a baby seat at the
back of the Suzuki Gran Vitara, while her
parents were offloading groceries. Her older
brother Jaden was playing in the yard at
Suddenly, two men, wearing bandanas
over their face, came out a black car. They
pointed a gun at Teelucksingh and jumped
into the SUV and sped off with his precious
daughter still in the back seat.
Police suspect the bandits may have fol-
lowed the family after they made a stop for
a purchase at a nearby grocery.
"I was in shock for a few seconds," Crystal
later explained, "but we tried to remain
calm and think logically. I started to pray,
we called the police, they took the report
and within minutes we heard sirens.
"We got into my vehicle and by the time
we went out the road, police were already
Grandmother Marcano explained that she
was inside when she was alerted by the
screams of her grandson, who had witnessed
carjacking turned abduction. She said he
ran into the house screaming, followed close-
ly by her daughter and son-in-law, who
immediately contacted the police.
A frantic Marcano said she dashed out
the house onto the roadway, "trying to get
someone to stop because I was looking at
the vehicle going off with my grandchild."
"I was flagging down cars for somebody
to go with me to follow the bandits to make
sure they did not take the highway because
there are a number of ways they could have
got out from here," Marcano said.
The Teelucksinghs got into another vehicle
and tried to follow the bandits, but lost
sight of them.
Chaguanas police under Supt Johnny
Abraham responded with an air and ground
search. In less than an hour they spotted
the stolen SUV at Penco Street and rescued
the crying child. With her daughter safely
in her arms hours later, Crystal expressed
eternal gratitude to the police. She said the
end could have been different if they did
not act as swiftly as they did.
"Everyone is relieved that she is okay, it
is a plus that we got back the vehicle. We
were prayerful and we just have to thank
God because it could have been a lot dif-
Marcano said the incident had left Jaden
Up to late yesterday, the suspects remained
on the loose and Crystal and her family are
hopeful the men do not return.
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during a meeting
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"One way to destroy
a party or an organisa-
tion is to do what,
attack its leader and
look at the timing of
this thing, when we
have to come and do
"Your political leader
is under attack, bring
it brother, bring it sis-
ters," he said in refer-
ence to reports that even one of his brothers was
a signatory to the motion.
"I don t care about the little few misguided,
they too would come around eventually. I care
about the large majority, the population of Trinidad
and Tobago. I will not, nor will this party put
down its responsibility to the people."
He said instead of his members advising him
to attack with full force, "you know what they
tell me, retreat with full speed."
He said: "My party is never going to be called
a coward. Your party is growing stronger every
Ramadhar urged constituents to make the right
choice by supporting Ameen, saying there would
be grave danger if they did not.
"There is danger. If we do not fight it here, we
will fight it somewhere else and if we shall lose,
we would hold our heads in shame and say when
we had the chance we did not."
Another deputy leader Dr Anirudh Mahabir
denied that the COP was weak and being taken
advantage of by the UNC.
He said: "We don t have a weak party. We have
a strong party. A strong base and with the intel-
lectual input we have in the policy of government,
we will continue to be strong. We will continue
to be leaders and thinkers in government."
Also affirming their position within the PP was
COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan and
Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie. Noticeably
absent from the line-up were Minister in the
Prime Minister s office Rodger Samuel, who is
wrestling with his conviction as a politician and
a pastor, and Sport Minister Anil Roberts.
will never be
COP FOR LIFE
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