Monday 28 September, 2020

Stop creating unnecessary fear, say police over viral 'robbery' video

Screengrab of a viral video purporting to show a robbery in downtown Kingston.

Screengrab of a viral video purporting to show a robbery in downtown Kingston.

The police are cautioning members of the public against producing and circulating recreational video content that could cause "unnecessary fear and panic".

The law enforcement officials made the call after the widespread circulation of a video purporting to show a robbery in progress in the downtown Kingston area.

In the 23-second video, two men wearing security guard uniforms are attacked by seemingly armed men who alight from motorcycles. The 'gunmen' apparently rob the guards before making an escape.

In a statement Monday, the police acknowledged seeing the video but noted that a subsequent investigation revealed that there was no robbery in the area.

"Extensive checks with our police officers in the area have not revealed any such incident; neither has any such incident been reported to us at this time," the police said.

Another video uploaded online showed a production crew at the purported robbery scene directing what appeared to be actors in a music video. Check it out below.

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