Jamaica Crime News, Kingston:‘ Our news team has learnt that Detectives attached to the Constant Spring CIB Department have allegedly given dancehall entertainer Mavado until midday today, Wednesday, June 6, to report to the station.
One police source told our news team that, based on what he knows, the entertainer is being asked to report to the Constant Spring station to see in what way he can assist them, to address the recent flare-up of violence in Cassava Piece.
Unconfirmed reports are that, five men have been taken into custody for questioning following a Curfew which is now taking place in Cassava Piece area of St Andrew on Tuesday evening.
A police source related that, two of the five men taken into custody are said to be allegedly very close relatives of dancehall artist Mavado. The men were taken into custody during the Curfew on Tuesday afternoon, for questioning in connection with the murder of a man in the Cassava Piece area on Tuesday morning.
There is now a heavy security presence in the area and several searches are being conducted. The joint military forces have set up a number of checkpoints and persons are being asked for identification to travel to and from the area.
The police decided to implement a curfew in the area following the murder of Lorenza Thomas, otherwise called “Israel” 23-year-old unemployed of Cassava Piece.
Reports by the police are that about 2:30 a.m., Thomas was at his home when armed men kicked open the door to his house, chopped and shoot him to death. Thomas’ body was also set on fire by his attackers.
The flare-up in Cassava Piece started on Saturday morning, June 2, following a dispute between Mavado and another man from the area. The dancehall artist whose real name is David Brooks, reportedly slapped the man in his face but minutes later, he nearly lost his life when his motor car was shot up by the same man with whom he had the conflict and two other men.
Following the incident, Mavado is said to have left the country and flew to the United States but the violence did not stop there. Shortly after a man who is identified as Ian Robinson, “Gaza Man” and who is said to be a close friend of Mavado was shot and killed in the vicinity of the Constant Spring Market on Saturday night about 9:30 p.m.
Then on Tuesday morning, Thomas who is said to be a close friend of the man who fired at Mavado was murdered. This killing is believed to be an act of reprisal.
By Henry Bucknor