Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Questions swirl around another mystery escape or release from the JCF

Questions are being increasingly raised about the true whereabouts of a former policeman who was recently deported by US authorities to Jamaica to answer to attempted murder and robbery charges locally.

Information from high-level police sources indicate that the policeman who was on the run for close to nine years and was finally nabbed by a fugitive apprehension team in the United States and deported to Jamaica in May, was released less than a month after he was placed in the hands of local authorities.

A probe by Loop News established that the policeman was released from custody on the grounds that investigators in Jamaica needed time to carrying out some checks regarding the allegations that were made about the policeman in Jamaica before he went to the US.

Police investigators have also come out to speak about the case, stating that reports within the police force that the policeman was on the run and a bounty of $500,000 was out for his capture, were not true.

But while the police are trying to clarify the situation, Loop News investigations have been pointing to more to the case than seems to meet the eyes as it relates to reports that the ex-cop had escaped police custody locally.

Sources are, in fact, claiming that that information may have been released by persons inside the police force to send out a red flag about developments in relation to the case.

Sources said persons who were watching the case from a distance may have released the information to draw attention to the matter after claims were made and questions raised as to how was it possible for the ex-cop who was on the run for over nine years to be released less than a month after he was handed over to local authorities.

Senior investigators in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), when questioned, have declined to comment at length on the case, only to state that the matter is being investigated.

According to Jamaican law enforcement authorities, in July 2009, the policeman was charged in the Half-Way Tree Court in St Andrew with robbery, attempted murder and wounding with intent.

In August 2009, the policeman was admitted to the US legally with a non-immigrant visa, with authorisation to remain in that country until February 7, 2010.

He, however, failed to depart the United States as required.

In August 2015, Interpol issued a Red Notice for the ex-policeman for the aforementioned crimes that were allegedly committed while he was a constable in Jamaica.

In August 2017, ERO Headquarters in Washington DC advised ERO New York that the former policeman may be living in the New York City metropolitan area.

On November 22, 2017, the he was arrested in the Bronx, New York by ERO deportation officers, assisted by ERO New York Special Response Team (SRT) operators, on immigration charges.

In September 2018, the Jamaican ex-cop was ordered removed by an immigration judge.

On March 12, 2019, an appeal of that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) was dismissed, paving the way for his removal to Jamaica.

Weeks after he was deported and placed in the hands of the local authorities, claims are being made that he has either escaped or was released.

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