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Apr 26, 2000

Security guard tells story of kidnap, rape

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Every once in a while a story walks into the lobby that sounds so incredible it more resembles fiction than fact. The one which surfaced this morning is either the chronicle of a callous crime…or a humiliating hoax. We’ll let you decide.

On Saturday, around 7:00 in the evening, a young security guard was patrolling his post at a business place on Daly Street. But at 9 o’clock that night, when the building’s owner arrived, the guard’s bag, two way radio and a lit flashlight were found on the ground at the back of the building but the man himself was nowhere to be seen. The security guard, 20-year-old “Mike”, not his real name, didn’t surface until Sunday night. Today, he told News Five an incredible story.

“Mike”

“I heard the dog bark and the dog no usually bark that kind of attacking kind of way. So I came around and I saw this dark fellow and I ask him, “Whe gawn on” and he held me and started choking me. Then he turn me around and put his undershirt around my face and then the other four guys who were doing something in the back, I don’t know what. Well I saw a fire due to the light you know, through the shirt. One went over the fence and then they force me over the fence and took me to a van.”

Janelle Chanona

“When you realized what was happening, what were you feeling?”

“Mike”

“God, I can’t explain…I felt frightened.”

Janelle Chanona

“What was the thought in your head?”

“Mike”

“They will kill me. They will kill me. They will kill me.”

Janelle Chanona

The young security guard’s nightmare was only just beginning. Mike claims that for the next 26 hours, he was held hostage, beaten, cut repeatedly with a razor blade and raped by his five kidnappers.

Mike”

“They beat me, they had sex with me, they rape me.”

Janelle Chanona

“And they cut you? You saw the kind of knife they were using?”

“Mike”

“One of them se gyal, give me the razor blade, hand me the razor blade. I assume that’s what they did it with.”

They were calling, they were men but they were saying “gyal”. Gyal, what you want to do? You know.”

Janelle Chanona

“To each other?”

“Mike”

“Yeah, but they were men.”

Janelle Chanona

“And they were drunk? You said you smelt alcohol?”

“Mike”

“I smelt alcohol. When they start the sex part they were drinking cause I smelled the rum.”

Janelle Chanona

“And it was everybody in the van looking at them do this to you?”

“Mike”

“Well I never see who was doing it but I know they were doing that.”

“Mike” says that it was not until after 9:00 on Sunday night that his captors finally released him in Ladyville, where he lives. He says he ran home, and with his father, reported what had happened to police. Today, Mike is upset that his employer, KBH Security, has asked him to not report to work until the investigation is complete. He says KBH doesn’t believe his story. When News Five contacted the company, they declined to comment on the incident saying that the matter is now a police investigation. As for the police, they say they’re treating this case very carefully, to find out if Mike is telling the truth.

When News Five was interviewing Mike where he says he was taken from, the next door neighbor’s dog barked up quite a racket at our presence. But when we spoke to those same neighbors, they told us they didn’t hear the dog bark at all on Saturday night nor did they hear any kind of scuffle. As for the fire Mike says he saw through the shirt, neighbors say someone did set fire to a coconut tree but that it was put out in a matter of minutes and no one was seen in the area. The question remains. Is Mike telling the truth? If not, why would he lie, especially about being sodomized? And why would he go public?

Janelle Chanona

“Why do you want to tell this story? The important people know. Why share this story with the public?”

“Mike”

“Because I want my boss to believe me and I want back my job.”

“I want to go back to work cause they no believe me but I am telling the truth. I won’t lie about that. I was working with them before and I wanted my job back and they gave me my job back.”

Janelle Chanona for News Five.

Police, as they say, continue to investigate.

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