Friday 3 July, 2020

Three charged for Molynes Road hostage-taking incident

Charges have been laid against three men who were arrested after police negotiators managed to successfully bring a peaceful end to a lengthy hostage situation at a business place on Molynes Road in St Andrew.

At least two of the men were reportedly held up a business place on September 9 and were in the process of robbing the staff and customers at gunpoint, when police arrived on the scene. The robbers then barricaded themselves inside the building and held the customers and staff hostage for hours.

The negotiators were eventually successful in securing the safe release of the hostages and the surrender of the two hoodlums after hours of communication with the suspects.

A firearm was allegedly discovered during a search of the building after the surrender. The men have since been charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to rob, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition

The police have identified the accused men as 29-year-old Dwayne Wellington, a fabricator of Olympic Way, St Andrew; 27-year-old Junior Brown, otherwise called ‘Rompel’, of Tamarind Avenue, St Andrew; and 33-year-old Samion Forbes of Molynes Road, St Andrew.

Wellington and Brown reportedly surrendered on the scene of the crime, and Forbes was later arrested. It is somewhat unclear what role Forbes allegedly played in the crimes that were committed.

The accused men are to appear in the Gun Court on September 27.

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