Saturday 19 September, 2020

Chinese businessman robbed of over $8 million

The St James police are searching for the heavily-armed gunmen who made off with over $8 million from a Chinese businessman near Montego Bay in the parish.

Reports are that the businessman was travelling in a car and had stopped to obey the traffic lights at the bottom of Long Hill on Tuesday morning when he was pounced upon by gunmen who jumped out of a car which was believed to have trailing the businessman.

The gunmen took a bag with the cash which was reportedly being transported to the bank for lodgement.

The assailants then made their escape in their waiting car.

In March, during a dramatic and bloody robbery in Montego Bay, a Chinese operator of a major business establishment in the city was being transported along Jarrett Street in a minivan by an employer of his, escorted by a Hawkeye Security team, when the two units came under heavy gunfire from men who challenged the group in search of money that was reportedly in the minivan.

The minivan ended up with five gunshot holes in the windscreen and the driver dead on the spot, while the businessman reportedly escaped the attack.

This was while the marked Hawkeye car that was involved was reportedly left with over 50 bullet holes and one member of the team dead, while the other guard was hospitalised in a serious condition.

Reports are that the money, said to have amounted to approximately $1.2 million, was taken by the attackers.

Since then, at least three men who were listed as suspects behind the deadly attack, have either been killed in a reported gunfight with members of the security forces, or were held in security force raids.

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