Police break up kidnapping with gunplay and chase

Fuerza Pública officers chased a taxi from Hatillo to Sabana Sur Thursday night in an effort that was punctuated by pistol shots.

Police managed to stop the taxi in Sabana where they found the driver bound and beaten in the truck. The four occupants of the taxi turned out to be three minors, including a girl, and an adult.

Police appear to have frustrated what was a robbery and kidnapping. Officers said they received a tip about the robbery of a taxi driver, and there were patrols nearby. One officer in a patrol car spotted the cab and gave chase.

Police eventually confiscated an air pistol and a .38-caliber firearm, they said.

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