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Hotel rape suspect fingered in recent St Elizabeth burglary

Sunday, September 30, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The 24-year-old trainee at Riu Reggae Hotel in St James who is accused of breaking into a room with two female guests and raping them at gunpoint on Thursday, has also been fingered in a recent burglary committed in St Elizabeth, the police told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

Police said they caught the suspect after he turned up at May Pen Public General Hospital with gunshot wounds.

“His fingerprints were found at the scene of a burglary in St Elizabeth,” a senior member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force told the Sunday Observer.

The suspect was said to be working at the hotel as a trainee entertainment coordinator for a mere three days when the incident occurred. Police also alleged that before the encounter with the women, who are said to be Americans, the suspect broke into another room and stole the firearm of a licensed firearm holder staying at the hotel.

Police report that during the alleged rape, one of the women managed to get hold of the gun that fell from his grasp and fired two shots in his direction. He was hit, but managed to escape from the room.

According to the police source, the man managed to find his way to May Pen Public General Hospital where he gave his name as Kemar Williams.

The hotel has issued a release acknowledging that the incident took place.

“Last night, September 27th, there was a very unfortunate incident in the Riu Reggae Hotel in which two guests were attacked by a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel. The man, who had been in training for only three days, was able to escape. The hotel management immediately called the police and accompanied and supported the guests with everything in this difficult moment,” the release read in part.

“We are unable to share further details, both for the protection of our clients' privacy as well as to not interfere in the investigation being already carried out by the local authorities,” the hotel added.

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