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Man charged with April 1 murder of used-car dealer

Tuesday, July 08, 2014    

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ONE man has been arrested and charged with the April 1 murder of used-car dealer Robert Mendez at his Payless Motors office on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston.

The accused, John Jarrett, otherwise called 'Tucker', 42, of Balcombe Drive, Kingston 11, has been slapped with charges of murder, conspiracy to murder, robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of firearm, the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit reported yesterday.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, July 15.

The shooting death of the used-car dealer was captured on camera and was broadcast on national television, while photos of the shooter and his crony were carried in the newspaper as police, through Crime Stop, intensified their investigations into the daylight murder.

Jarrett, who was identified as one of the two men allegedly caught on camera committing the crime, was picked up by the police and later charged following further investigations.

Mendez, 41, was in his office when two men, posing as customers, entered and proceeded to engage him in a conversation. Shortly afterwards explosions were heard and the police, on their arrival, saw Mendez slumped in his office chair with several gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The video of the shooting showed a man removing a fireman from a laptop bag, then shooting the car dealer several times as he turned his face away. The shooter then removed the businessman's fireman from his waist, while his crony was seen trying to grab a bracelet from his hand.

The two smiling killers then casually left the offices of the used-car dealership.

Police are asking anyone with information that will assist them in the apprehension of the second man caught on camera, or anyone else who may be involved in the murder of Mendez, who resided at Leiba Gardens in Spanish Town, St Catherine, to contact the Half-Way-Tree police at 926-2551, 119, or the nearest police station.

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