Police name top five most wanted men nationally
The top five most wanted men, left to right, Charles Hamilton, Ryan Peterkin, Nico Walters, Davion Brown and Shanniel Luton.
The Police High Command on Friday released the names of the country's top five most wanted figures amid a focus on improving crime-fighting strategies going forward.
The men have been described as the country’s main violence producers, who are wanted for multiple shootings and murders, as well as confrontations with the police.
They are as follows:
- Charles Hamilton, otherwise called ‘Thugy, Thugy’, who is said to operate in the St Mary area.
- Brian Peterkin, otherwise called ‘Ratty’, who is said to operate in St James.
- Nico Walters, otherwise called ‘Speckles’, who is said to operate in Clarendon.
- Davion Brown, otherwise called ‘Baltie’, who is said to operate in Westmoreland
- Shaniel Lutton, who is said to operate in St James.
“These are individuals who are believed to be key players behind the ongoing violence across the country,” Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said at a press conference at his office in Kingston on Friday.
"These are men who are involved in multiple shootings, multiple murders and confrontations with the police,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Selvin Haye, who heads the crime portfolio within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
The police declined to provide details on the crimes the men have been linked to, but said they are in pursuit of them.
Police said as the country’s crime rate continue to spiral, warned that they will be intensifying their operations across the island as they seek to place lid on the crime monster.
“We have acknowledged gaps in how we operate and will be working to get better more effective presence and performance with a focus on discipline and conduct, employee motivation and morale, accountability and performance and output,” said Quallo.
As the country’s crime rate continue to spiral, police warned that they will be intensifying their operations across the island as they seek to place a lid on the crime monster.
Police data shows that a total of 1,404 murders have been committed so far this year, which compares to 1,137 for the same period in 2016.
Of the noticeable increase, Commissioner Quallo said: “We have acknowledged gaps in how we operate, and will be working to get better, more effective presence and performance, with a focus on discipline and conduct, employee motivation and morale, accountability, and performance and output.”