UPDATE: One of the two suspects in teen’s murder now in police custody
WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – The swift action of the Westmoreland police has led to the apprehension of one the suspects in the brutal murder of 19-year-old Enrico Chambers at Top Road Little London in the parish, on Thursday morning.
Commander for Little London and Negril police division Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Shaunjaye Mitchell, told Observer Online that the 18-year-old suspect was nabbed shortly after the incident.
“A male suspect who happens to be 18 years old is now in custody in relation to the murder of 19-year-old Enrico Chambers.. the police were able to shortly apprehend one of the suspects in the matter” DSP Mitchell revealed.
Mitchell said a manhunt is now underway for the second suspect who is still at large.
“We’re still looking for the second person involved in the murder,” he said.
Meanwhile, the lawman took the opportunity to encourage individuals to find amicable solutions to conflicts.
“The police want to use the opportunity to urge persons to seek out other conflict resolution methodologies and not engage in fracas with each other,” he advised.
He said oftentimes the police have observed a number of unresolved issues that could have been solved via mediation, resulting in murders.
Mitchell spoke of the different avenues across the country that residents can access, such as the police and other community leaders.
“We have a young man who is now deceased and another in police custody while we look out for another because of a conflict that could have been resolved without the use of violence,” he lamented.
Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western Morland Wilson in expressing his condolences to the family appealed to residents to help the police in their investigations.
“I want to extend an appeal to those who have information that can help the police in their investigation of this heinous murder to please get in contact with the Little London police, Savanna-la-Mar police or the Negril police,” Wilson urged.
He continued: “it is quite unfortunate that it [Chambers’ murder] is on the heels of the prime minister making his speech about his vision for peace, prosperity and productivity,” he reasoned.
According to the police, Chambers was at his sister’s house after 9:00 am when an argument ensued between him and the two suspects. The two men returned with machetes in hand and attacked Chambers who ran but was later chased and several chop wounds inflicted on him. He was rushed to the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.