Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey
The police have listed 90 people who are wanted in connection with the surge in crime across the island.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of crime, Fitz Bailey, says the individuals are wanted for murders, shootings, wounding with intent, rape and other serious offences.
Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday morning, DCP Bailey disclosed that more than 200 individuals are currently being sought by the police in connection with the upsurge in crime across the island. He said the police have been trying unsuccessfully to locate the suspects, but are now giving them an opportunity to surrender.
He warned that the 90 people named on Thursday are considered very dangerous as they "carry arms and they will shoot and they will kill".
Among those wanted are: Ricardo Palmer, otherwise called "Richie", who is wanted for murder in Sandy Bay, Hanover; Kenroy "Ticka" Roach Ticka, wanted for the murder of Jermaine Brown on March 6, 2021 at Hopeton District, St. James; Sadray Travis Burry, known as "Burry Bwoy", wanted for the murder of Randy Thompson on May 5, 2021 in Islington, St. Mary.
Romaine Murray, better known as "John Tom”, is wanted for shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm committed at Farm Road, Clarendon; Sekhomi Bennett, otherwise called "Ginger" or "Sickie", is wanted for murder in Manchester, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm; Krishna Barrett is being sought for the murder of Isaiah Dixon on July 17, 2021 in Holland, St. Elizabeth; and Mervin "Biggy" Henry from Georges Lane in Kingston is wanted for murder.
DCP Bailey has reminded the public that harbouring a fugitive is a crime for which persons can be prosecuted.
Citizens are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Branch at 876-929-9256, Crime Stop at 311, Operation Kingfish at 811, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station to share information on the whereabouts of wanted persons.
"We would want to ensure that the penalty fits the crime and one of the issues that we are confronted with are the frequent use of guns," he indicated.
DCP Bailey said he believes persons who possess an illegal firearm should be sent to prison for life.
He also wants the forfeiture of properties that are used to store illegal firearms.