The police have arrested two alleged hitmen – including a school teacher – who reportedly tried to extort money from a St. Elizabeth businessman for saving his life.

The businessman told police that between November 22 and January 4, the men contacted him and told him there was a contract out on his life.

They demanded money to spare his life.

The businessman says they called him several times in an attempt to collect the money, claiming that they’d already collected a deposit for his assassination.

They told him he’d be killed if he did not pay the balance.

Fearing for his life, the businessman reportedly agreed to pay the men 265-thousand dollars.

However, he also reported the matter to the police.

On January 7, the police began investigating.

Forensic examiners were able to extract text messages and call records from his phone, and set up a sting operation.

Last Friday, investigators nabbed one of the culprits in Nain, St. Elizabeth.

The other man – who’s a teacher at a prominent high school in Clarendon – was arrested in May Pen.

They’ve been charged for breaches under the Criminal Justice Suppression of Criminal Organizations Act.

Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.