Cops on guard duty during alleged rapist’s escape removed from frontline duty
ST ANN, Jamaica — The Police High Command has revealed that the two officers on guard duty at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital where alleged rapist Troy Ellis escaped custody on Sunday morning, have been removed from frontline duty with immediate effect.
In a release on Sunday, the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s corporate communications unit said a full report on the incident is expected to be submitted to the Commissioner of police by the end of day.
The circumstances of Ellis’ escape are now the subject of a major investigation by the Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau.
A manhunt was launched for Ellis after he escaped police custody while undergoing treatment at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital.
Ellis is facing rape and murder charges following the killing of 8-year-old Talia Thompson.
Young Talia was allegedly raped and murdered on Saturday, September 23 by the man, who is said to be a close family friend.
He was taken to hospital after reportedly shooting himself and inflicting several stab wounds to his body in an attempted suicide.
In the meantime, the police are asking residents in the immediate environs of the hospital or anyone with information about the whereabouts of this escapee, to report any suspicious activity to the police at 119, to Crime Stop at 311 or to the NIB Tip Line at 811. They also warned that residents should expect to see a heavy police presence in the space and are being asked to cooperate with the authorities.
Persons are reminded that harbouring a felon is a crime.