Cops step up operations across the island, 11 wanted men held
Police say they have arrested a total of 11 wanted persons and taken several other persons of interest into custody for questioning over the last four days as they intensify a set of special operations across the island ahead of the Christmas season.
Fitz Bailey, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime, said the operations are set to target criminals wreaking havoc in communities across the island and are led by detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB).
Listen as Fitz Bailey, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime speak about some of the operations
Police said several persons who were wanted for offences such as wounding with intent, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, breaking, robbery and rape have been arrested in the ongoing initiative.
Police also reported that during one of the operations one man was shot and killed and an Uzi submachine gun seized.
Police said in addition to the special operations they are also making inroads in other areas of investigations.
Police highlighted cases such as the one that unfolded on Tuesday, November 5, when officers arrested a 29-year-old man in Spanish Town for rape as one of the matters that special attention was still on.
Police said, in that case, a man identified as Navardo Marshall otherwise called ‘Teeto’ or ‘Shortman’, of Hanover Street, Spanish Town in St. Catherine was apprehended and charged with the offence of rape following a report from a female in his community.
Reports are that earlier that day (November 5), the complainant made a report to the police who launched an intensive investigation. Marshall was subsequently arrested after he was positively identified by the complainant. Marshall’s court date will be announced at a later date.
During another set of operations, five men – one from the parish of St. Thomas, one from St. James and three from Portland were arrested and charged with breaking offences.
34-year-old Ramone Green otherwise called ‘Shane’, of a St. Thomas address, was arrested and
charged with housebreaking and larceny in one of the cases after he was caught breaking into a house on Ocean Boulevard, South Haven in St. Thomas.
Reports are that about 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 11, police were on patrol in the area when they saw Green exiting a house with a Sharp television set, one tablet and a gold plated chain. He was accosted and taken to the Yallahs Police Station where he was subsequently charged.
Green is to reappear in the St. Thomas Parish Court on Friday, December 20.
Meanwhile, in Flankers, St. James, another man was charged for Shop Breaking and Larceny
following an incident at Codac Street in the parish.
He is 27-year-old Davion Hylton of Paradise, Norwood in St. James.
Reports are that on Monday, October 21 about 8:30 p.m, Hylton allegedly broke into a shop and
removed several items. He was subsequently arrested on Sunday, November 10, after an investigation was conducted. Some of the stolen items were recovered.
Hylton is scheduled to appear before the court at a later date.
Police say intensified investigations will continue in other cases as they seek to ensure the safety of all members of the public.