Jamaica News, February 23, 2018. Police Say Zoo Bug Still Being Questioned
St James, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Investigators attached to the Freeport police CIB Departments in Montego Bay have now indicated that the prime suspect in the murder of the 14-year-old St James High School student in Granville community on Friday night of February 16, is presently still being questioned and have not yet been charged.
The investigators also pointed out that based on evidence gathered in the community, they expect to place criminal charges on the accused man, Owen Allen, otherwise called “Zoo Bug” of Browns Lane also in Granville.
According to the police, shortly after the student’s body was discovered, a public appeal was made by the police to Allen to turn himself in, this he did several hours later at the Freeport police station.
After learning of his arrest, angry residents of Granville set the suspect’s house on fire on Saturday night and burnt it to the ground.
The suspect is now being interrogated in connection with the murder of Tianna Clarke, a 14-year-old eighth-grade student who attends St James High school in Montego Bay.
Mother of the slain student, Valisha Vidal, stated that Tianna came to her shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Friday night and asked her for some money to help her purchase a cup noodle soup at a neighboring shop.
She further stated that she gave the money to her daughter and she left for the shop.
Several hours passed and she noticed that it was getting late, Tianna did not return, so she thought she had gone to her father’s house which she would normally do.
The mother said she fell asleep but when she awoke later that night and discovered that her daughter still had not returned home, she got very concern.
At daybreak on Saturday morning, she made contact with the child’s father and he informed her that he did not see Tianna that night, so she immediately went to the Granville police station and made a report that the child was missing.
On her way back home, a close friend informed her that residents in the area had stumbled upon a body in an abandoned building close to her house and they believe that it was her daughter Tiana.
Investigators stated that upon arrival, they discovered the child lying in a pool of blood, in a nude state with multiple stab wounds all over her body. Also, a plastic bag was found covering her head which was also bashed in.