The Clarendon police have laid several charges against two men stemming from a kidnapping incident in Palmers Cross in the parish on Sunday, January 14.

Thirty-one-year-old labourer Phillip Robinson, otherwise called ‘Shawn’, and 21-year-old farmer Asham Gallimore, both of Rectory Road, Clarendon, have been charged with Kidnapping at Common Law, Robbery with Aggravation and Wounding with Intent.

Reports from the May Pen police are that about 2:15 p.m., a man boarded a taxi with the driver and a passenger on board. On reaching his destination, he asked to be let off; however, the driver refused to stop. The passenger brandished a machete and robbed the man of his Samsung Galaxy A13 cell phone valued at JMD $25,000 and JMD $10,000 cash. They later took the man to a section of River Heights, also in the parish, where he was beaten, and they threatened to kill him.

He managed to escape his attackers and was chopped in the process.

The man later reported the incident to the police and was assisted to the hospital, where he was treated.

Robinson and Gallimore were taken into custody the following day after an investigation, and charges were laid against them on Friday, December 19, after an identification parade.

They are scheduled to appear in the May Pen Parish Court on Thursday, January 25.