Man arrested for wasting police time

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    A 26-year-old Erik Singh of Freeport has been granted $12,000 station bail after being charged with wasteful employment of police time.

    Yesterday morning, a sales representative of a company based in Preysal reported an armed hold-up to the Couva Police Station.

    He claimed that around 6pm on June 17th, he was a driving a company vehicle, valued at $40,000, west along Mahaica Road, Freeport when a grey Subaru overtook him and blocked the road.

    He said the driver of the Subaru exited, approached him with a firearm and demanded that he exit the vehicle.

    He claimed the assailant was joined by a woman who proceeded to tie him with tie-straps and blindfold him before he was put the trunk of a vehicle’s trunk and dropped off along Waterloo Road, Perseverance around 4am yesterday.

    The man then told police that he was assisted by a passerby who removed his blindfold and the tie straps, and took him to a friend’s house at Orange Valley, Couva where he called for assistance.

    According to the TTPS, after extensive enquires the man was re-interviewed and he allegedly took the officers to Basta Hall Village, where the company vehicle was seen parked on the roadway, with the keys in the grass nearby.

    The man was arrested, and the vehicle was then taken to the Couva Police Station for processing and safekeeping.