Jamaica News, April 16, 2018 – Murder Suspects Surrender to Hanover Police
Trelawny, Jamaica (McKoy’s New) – The police in the parish of Hanover have confirmed that the two Persons of Interest who were being sought for questioning, in connection with the murder of two female in separate incidents in the parish on Thursday night are now in police custody.
The police stated that the men who were being sought, were asked turned over themselves at the Lucea Police station in the presence of their lawyers.
The men have been identified as Chadron Crooks otherwise called “Chad” and he is of Police Hill in Cousins Cove in Green Island, while the other man has been listed as Ruel Thorpe, otherwise called “Brown man” and he is of a St James address, but was also living in Salt Spring in Green Island.
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Both murdered female have been identified as 53-year-old Barbara Gilpin of New Town District in Lucea and female shop operator as 39-year-old Rhonda Smith, otherwise called “Suzette” of Salt Spring also in Green Island, Hanover.
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Reports by the police are that shortly after 10: 30 p.m. on Thursday, Smith who operates a bar and shop at a section of Salt Spring in Green Island known as Wire Bridge, had just close up business for the day when the five male victims, who are all customers to the female decided to accompany her to her gate, which is in close proximity to her place of business.
On reaching a section of the roadway, two men armed with handguns ambushed them and opened fire hitting all six persons to their bodies. The wounded men ran into bushes, but Smith was cornered by the gunmen who shot her several more times.
The other incident occurred about an hour later at New Town District in Lucea, Ms Gilpin and her son was at home when gunmen kicked open the door of house and shot them both.