(Trinidad Guardian) Dissatisfied that all they got was an old cellphone and $1,000, three armed bandits who stormed the St Martin de Porres Church early yesterday threatened to kidnap renowned Roman Catholic priest Fr Clyde Harvey for a $50,000 ransom.
Speaking to the media at the church later on, a parishioner, who did not want to be named, recalled that Harvey relayed to her his fears after the men accosted him.
“The fellas was waiting for him under the step for when he come out to pray. He tell me they ask him if the Archbishop will pay $50,000 for him. I ask him, I say ‘Father where they would put a big man like you?’ He say ‘I was wondering because I can’t fit in no trunk.’ He said he said his prayers because he was a bit scared,” she said.
According to a media release issued by the Archdiocese, Harvey was robbed of $1,000 and his cellphone after three bandits broke into the presbytery around 5 am.
Harvey had spent Sunday night at the church’s manse located on the compound at Hermitage Road, Gonzales, in preparation for a seminar at Mt St Benedict’s yesterday.