'I'm afraid they're about to catch me,' fugitive tells reporter before being held
POLICE yesterday apprehended the island's most wanted fugitive, Christopher 'Dog Paw' Linton, during a massive police/military operation in the St Andrew communities of Kintyre and Elletson Flats.
From about 11:00 am, a large detachment of police and Jamaica Defence Force soldiers swarmed the tightly-knit, impoverished community where they conducted a meticulous search for several hours before they apprehended Linton in a house in the company of two women.
The women, who were also detained, were being processed by police last night.
Moments before his arrest, Linton contacted the Observer by cellular phone and expressed fear for his life.
"I am afraid they are about to catch me. I am afraid they may murder me," said a nervous-sounding Linton, his voice trembling as he spoke in a hushed tone from his hiding spot. "I want my lawyer to come and get me."
His family members also contacted the Observer and expressed fear but at the end said they were happy he was not harmed.
"He called me and told me just minutes before he was held that he loved me and that he was afraid he would not make it out alive," a girlfriend of the fugitive said.
Attorney-at-Law Dianne Jobson, who is said to be representing Linton, commended the police on the professional manner in which they conducted the search.
"So far we heard that he was captured, but we have not received any reports that he was harmed. We have to be thankful for that," said Jobson, who promised to monitor the case as it unfolded.
Meanwhile, steely-eyed soldiers and police who were stationed in strategic positions all over the community were tight-lipped.
"We have been in the area for several hours carrying out a detailed intelligence-led operation that has resulted in the apprehension of this man," one policeman told the Observer.
As the police spoke, scores of curious onlookers anxiously waited for news of the operation.
Linton was named as one of the country's most dangerous criminals by police last November and was wanted in connection with several murders and shootings in the August Town community.
Police also brand him an extortionist and said he taunted them that they would have to speak to his AK-47 assault rifle before they could take him in.
In an exclusive interview with the Observer last month, Linton denied the AK-47 taunt and said he was no extortionist.
He also denied taking part in any murder or shootings for which the police had named him as a person of interest.
"They have tried to paint the ugliest picture of me," he said and expressed fear of being killed by the police.
"I am fearful, I am very fearful. I think about it every day," he said, adding that his life as a fugitive was very stressful.
"You get up every day and think about your parents, the people that you love. You realise that you can't be around them and you can't be there for them," he lamented.
Earlier this month, two members of an August Town gang Linton reportedly commands -- 25-year-old Yannick Machelle Ellis, otherwise called 'Slim Shady', of Gold Smith Villa; and Donald Lalloo Allen, otherwise called 'Matchilus', of Bedward Gardens -- were charged with the deaths of 49-year-old bus driver Mornest Hylton, 31-year-old Dania Forbes and six-year-old Jahame McKay all of Bedward Gardens in August Town.
Police report that the three were murdered after a group of about 30 gunmen invaded the section of Bedward Gardens known as 'Alley Four' where they kicked down a door to their house.
The men, who were armed with high-powered assault rifles, opened fire killing the three on the spot before torching the house.