UNITED States Diplomat who
was kidnapped from the Lusignan Golf Club early yesterday morning,
was released last evening, sources told the Chronicle.
Steve Lesniak, who is attached to the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) was snatched from the Club at
about 9:10 hrs yesterday.
residents in the area said, was playing golf at the time of his
abduction. The Tee Box is located about 300 metres from the Club
to residents of Lusignan, the kidnappers
emerged from the bushes east of the golf club course and held him up
with their guns before taking him on foot through the bushes. They
headed in the direction of Buxton.
During the incident, Lesniak dropped his identification card and
employee of the golf club told the Chronicle that just after 09:00
hours he heard two boys who were working as caddies with Lesniak
shouting: “Call police, they have kidnapped Steve.”
five minutes after the alarm went up, patrols from
the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) arrived on the scene followed shortly
afterwards by the police who immediately began combing the area in
search of the victim and to possibly arrest the perpetrators.
security forces were also using the GDF helicopter to scan the area
in their efforts to locate Lesniak.
Chronicle was reliably informed yesterday by diplomatic sources that
a team of security officers from Washington was yesterday dispatched
to Guyana to investigate the diplomat’s kidnapping.
Chronicle understands that five men were actually involved in the
kidnap but two of them executed the actual abduction.
played golf at Lusignan frequently and would normally be in the
company of friends when playing, but at the time of his abduction,
he was playing alone, apart from the caddies, an employee said.
of the Club also spoke glowingly of Lesniak, relating that he is
always pleasant, friendly and helpful.
the victim of an earlier kidnapping on Friday,
Deo Basdeo of
Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara escaped from his abductors unhurt.
Basdeo and his family have since moved out from their home and are
relocated at another residence for fear of the attackers striking
April 13, 2003