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St James police unveil list of 12 wanted men

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2024 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

As the St James police continue their relentless bid to blunt the lawlessness that has resulted in 58 murders between January 1 and May 26 – making it the bloodiest parish so far this year – the division has listed 12 wanted men, who are being urged to turn themselves in immediately.

The list, which was released yesterday, comprises seven men who have been implicated in murders, four who are wanted for shooting, and one who is wanted for rape and grievous sexual assault.

“We are urging these men to turn themselves in as soon as possible because we will not allow them to remain out there committing crimes,” said St James’ police commander, Superintendent Eron Samuels.

“We are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of these men to contact the police.”

The men who are wanted for murder are as follows: Joseph ‘Jayo’ McKenzie, wanted in connection with the death of a man who was shot and killed in Flanker on August 2, 2023; Lico ‘Junior’ Maxwell, of German Town, wanted for murder and wounding with intent, committed on September 4, 2022; Omoy ‘Not Nice’ Largie, wanted for a murder committed on July 15, 2023, in Top Hill, Mt Carey; Shaquille Nathaniel Brown, wanted for the murder of Romario ‘Bigga’ Chin, who was killed on April 18, 2019; Keston ‘Pablo’ Bertrand, wanted for a murder committed on March 19, 2023, at a guest house in Montego Bay; Shane ‘Okay’ Morgan, wanted for a murder committed on October 24, 2020, in Porto Bello; and an unknown man, who is wanted for a murder committed on March 11, 2024, on Fish Lane in Montego Bay.

Those wanted for shooting are Derron ‘Man a 40’ Reid, of Spring Mount, who is linked to a shooting incident in Sunderland on July 3, 2023; Austin ‘Ackeem’ Reid, of Spring Mount, who is wanted for a shooting in Sunderland on July 3, 2023; Stephano ‘Bowl Head’ Johnson, of Granville, who is wanted for a shooting committed on April 16, 2017; and Jermaine Lawrence of Tucker, wanted for a shooting committed on June 9, 2024, in Red Square, Tucker.

The man wanted for rape and grievous sexual assault has been identified by the police as Delano ‘Duck’ Vincent of Dumfries. He is said to be a multiple offender, committing the acts between 2022 and January 2023.

Between January and May 26, St James has seen a reduction in murders but an uptick in both shooting and rape when matched with the comparative period last year. The statistics are as follows: Murders – 75 in 2023 and 58 in 2024; shootings – 36 in 2023 and 54 in 2024; and rape – six in 2023 and 14 in 2024.

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