Latest Jamaica News, St James (McKoy’s News): St James Police Launch Major Operations – The St James Police launched a series of major operations across the parish, this following five murders, within a period of three days.
The most recent operation took place on Thursday morning, September 5, in the inner city community of Canterbury, and other adjoining areas at Upper and Lower Kings Street in Montego Bay.
Several men were reportedly picked up by the joint military forces, who are also operating under the State of Public Emergency, which was implemented in the parish since the ending of May.
Recently the parish of St James, recorded ten murders in twelve days, and residents are expressing fear within their respective communities.
Two of the latest victims to be killed have been identified as 28-year-old Conrod Lawrence, otherwise called “40”, and Lewis Woodburn, both farmers, were gunned down in Belfont, Catadupa on Saturday, and Sunday respectively.
Reports are that about 10:00 p.m., on Saturday, Lawrence was driving a Voxy bus towards the directions of his home in Belfont, when he was ambushed and shot by armed men lurking at his gate. He crashed the vehicle in a neighbor’s yard and ran from the bus where he collapsed. His body was discovered about 7:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Then about 9:00 a.m. yesterday, Lewis was walking along a section of Belfont community when he was ambushed and shot to death by a group of armed men.
Three other persons were shot and killed over the past three days, Montego Bay businessman Andrew “Andy” Chin, was kidnapped from his home and taken to his business place in downtown Montego Bay, where he was robbed and then shot to death.
Also 20-year-old Vardian Banton, otherwise called “Busshead” of Glendevon was shot and killed in Mud Valley, in Granville on Sunday morning about 12:30 a.m., while a female whose identity has been given as 36-year-old Suzette Reid, of Lindos Hill in Whithorn, Westmoreland, was discovered murdered along a dirt track in Westgate, about 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
The police have launched an investigation into all five murders, which see the parish recording a total of 94 murders since the start of the year.