Monday 24 September, 2018

‘Blinger’, ‘Pinkie’, ‘Biscuit’ being sought for Granville feud

The police have named four men as persons of interest in connection with an ongoing flare-up of violence in the Granville community in St James.

Among the casualties of the flare-up have been three persons, including a reputed area leader, who were killed in shootings involving gangsters in the community over recent weeks. Earlier this week, two teenagers were shot by gunmen who opened fire on patrons at a shop in the area.

All the above occurred despite the declared state of emergency since January 18, in the parish of St James, where a number of normally violence-plagued communities have been under close watch by the security forces.

On Thursday, the Police High Command released the names of the four men who are being sought for questioning in relation to the upsurge in violence in Granville.

The men are Jeffery Saunders, otherwise called ‘Blinger’, a resident of Gordon Crescent, St James and Virginia in the United States; Amoy Young, alias ‘Pinkie’; Sanjay Ferguson, also known as ‘Biscuit’; and Ryan Elliot, known also as ‘Bug Head’.

The men have been given until 6:00 p.m. on Friday to turn themselves in at the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay.

Interestingly, however, ‘Blinger’ was recently declared a person of interest and given a deadline to report to the police, with no indication that he heeded the advisory, which had been publicised.

Indications from police sources are that his return to the island from the US has coincided with the ongoing gang conflict in the Granville community.

Amid the tension in the community, joint police military teams have intensified operations there to put a lid on the violence and root out the perpetrators. This has resulted in the detention of a number of suspects.