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Three young boys were reportedly kidnapped on Thursday afternoon, bringing the number of children allegedly abducted to six in less than three weeks.

On Thursday, police said two children, ages 10 and eight, were walking in Kool Acres when they were picked up by a woman who was the lone occupant of a dark-colored vehicle.

A short time later, police said, the 10-year-old boy was dropped back in Kool Acres and the younger boy was dropped off near the entrance of the city dump on Tonique Williams Darling Highway.

Police reported that neither of the boys had signs of physical injuries.

However, family members claim a five-year-old boy was also taken.

Ten-year-old John Laurent, who was the oldest of the victims, said he was walking with his younger brother, Jameson Joisue, 5, and a friend, J’dakito Sejour, 8, when a woman approached them in a vehicle shortly after 4 p.m.

“The woman asked if we needed a ride,” he said.

“We said, ‘Yeah.’ Then, she [gave] us [a] ride and she turned around and she went somewhere else.”

After driving around for less than an hour, the woman drove off with J’dakito after dropping John and Jameson to a house in the area of Kool Acres, where they live, according to the 10-year-old.

J’dakito described the car ride alone with the woman as quiet and short.

When asked if he and the woman spoke, the boy said, “I [told] her [to] bring me back home. She said she [was] bringing me home now but she did not.”

J’dakito said he was scared because he “didn’t know where she was [going to] carry me”.

The eight-year-old said the driver passed Baha Mar before arriving at the New Providence Landfill, where she forced him to exit the car.

“She [told] me go on sit on the tire, then she [left],” J’dakito told The Nassau Guardian.

“Then, I [started] crying and two cars saw me and they stopped. They [brought] me to the station and I [gave] them my mummy’s number and they called my mom.”

Josena Josue, the mother of John and Jameson, said she didn’t realize her sons were missing until they returned home.

Pointing at her five-year-old, she said, “This one came in crying and said they [took] J’dakito. [I] asked, ‘Who took J’dakito?’ He said, ‘One woman.’”

She said Thursday’s incident has been traumatic for her and her family.

As a result, Josue said she will instill in her children “to not take [a] ride from [anybody] and don’t eat from [anybody]”.

Uptick

There have been a number of reported abductions in the last few weeks.

An eight-year-old boy was taken from a park near his home on Emmanuel Drive, off Soldier Road, on Wednesday evening and later dropped off unharmed near the entrance of the New Providence Landfill.

On Sunday, an eight-year-old girl was taken from her Culmerville’s home and later dropped off at the entrance of Woodlawn Gardens graveyard, police said.

On February 16, three-year-old Shavar Bain was allegedly kidnapped by two women in a silver car while he was riding his bicycle outside his South Beach home.

He was dropped off at a wash house on Farrington Road and Fox Hill Road the following morning, police said.

Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash said yesterday that “we suspect that three of these matters may be connected”.

“I’m talking about the one that happened in South Beach [in] early February, the matter that happened last evening, and the incident that happened one night ago,” Cash said.

“They are connected. I am safe to say that we are looking for a female suspect in these three matters who now has the similar description and drives a similar vehicle released to the media earlier.”

He said police are concerned by the random abductions because they are unable to determine the motive by the perpetrator.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started The Nassau Guardian in September 2017. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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