Saturday 21 September, 2019

Police find gun reportedly used in hostage-taking incident

File photo

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The police say they have recovered a firearm that was reportedly used by criminals in the robbery/hostage incident on Molynes Road in St Andrew on Monday.

"Following a systematic search by members of the Caribbean Search Centre and officers assigned to the St Andrew Central Police Division, the firearm and ammunition used in the incident were found," said the Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), the police’s information arm.

The constabulary said the weapon, a .38 revolver containing six rounds of ammunition, was found at about 10.50 am behind a toilet that was on the building where the robbery took place.

Three men are now in custody as investigations continue into the incident.

The situation reportedly began unfolding when two armed men went to the premises and allegedly attempted to rob a business operator and patrons.

The police were able to quickly respond to an alert, and surprised the robbers before they could escape.

The robbers then locked themselves inside the building, taking the owner and the patrons as hostages in the process.

Senior Superintendent Maurice Robinson, acting head of the Area 4 Police network, co-ordinated the force’s resources and the JCF’s Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT) was later called in.

After hours of negotiation, the police managed to peacefully de-escalate the situation and the robbers surrendered.

The premises was then entered and all the hostages were safely rescued by the SWAT team.

The would-be robbers were taken into custody and detectives and forensic scene of crime investigators were summoned to conduct preliminary investigations, the police reported.

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