127 on police wanted list in Kingston
THE police have issued a list of 127 people wanted in the Corporate Area. Head of the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT), Superintendent Michael Phipps, said the individuals, a number of whom may be armed and dangerous, are all wanted for gun-related murders in the capital city, Kingston.
The police have also listed 93 separate individuals as persons of interest.
"Fifty-four of these individuals from the 127 persons on the wanted list are linked to murders committed in the St Andrew South Police Division," Phipps told the Jamaica Observer.
Police also said that 44 of the 93 individuals on the persons of interest list are wanted for questioning in relation to crimes allegedly committed in the St Andrew South Division.
The Kingston West Police Division accounts for 19 persons listed on the MIT's wanted list, while the St Andrew North Police Division accounts for 19 of the individuals listed as persons of interest.
Police said they have launched a massive manhunt to locate these individuals, but continue to face major challenges as the level of support from citizens was unsatisfactory.
"Because of this problem (lack of support from citizens) police have been placing more emphasis on forensics to locate these individuals," Phipps said.
In the meantime, police said there has been a slight increase in the number of murder cases cleared up in the Corporate Area.
They said that of the 173 murders being investigated this year, police managed to clear up 79, compared to 68 cases of the 163 gun-related murders for the same period last year.