UPDATE: Person of interest in multiple murders handed over to cops

ST ANDREW, Jamaica— A man who the St Andrew South police named as a person of interest in three murders committed this month, and asked to turn himself in by midday Friday, is now in police custody.

Syron ‘Simon’ Clarke, from West Port Avenue, Kingston 11, was brought to the Hunts Bay Police Station by attorney-at-law, Bert Samuels about 1:30 pm Friday.

Police said Clarke, who was freed in April after six years in custody, is slated for a series of interviews in relation to several murders and reports of extortion.

A video of Clarke denying being involved in any crime is making the rounds on social media. In the video, Clarke said criminal activities had been going on in his community long before he was released and said he is being targeted.

The police had reported that Clarke was wanted in connection with the murder of Damion Whyte, committed on Friday, May 6, 2022, about 2:45 pm at a tyre shop in Riverton City, Kingston 11; the murder of Keno Gonzales otherwise called ‘Indian’, which was committed on Monday, May 16, 2022, about 7:00 pm along a dirt track in the same community and the murder of Kwame Essuman, otherwise called ‘Essu’, which was committed on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, about 7:45 pm on Ferguson Drive, also in Riverton City, Kingston 11.

The police added that on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, after witnesses failed to appear before the court, prosecutors entered a nolle prosequi in three other murder cases for which Clarke was before the court.

Since Clarke’s release, there has been an upsurge in murders, shootings, and reports of extortion in and around the Riverton and Kingston 11 area, the police said.

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