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Cops capture dad after high-speed chase

Man had six children aboard vehicle; police say gun recovered

BY KIMONE FRANCIS
Observer staff reporter
francisk@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, August 11, 2017

Police yesterday captured a man who, with six of his 10 children inside the motor vehicle he was driving, led the cops on a high-speed chase through busy streets in the capital after they tried to apprehend him based on information they received that he was involved in a shooting.

The man's identity was, up to press time, not released by the police.

Deputy Superintendent of Police assigned to the Central Police Station Percival Anderson told the Jamaica Observer that the man, who is from Gordon Town, was accosted by lawmen along South Camp Road after reportedly shooting at an in-law in Allman Town. The incident occurred about 1:00 pm.

Anderson said the man, believed to be a music producer, received a telephone call from a relative who informed him that the in-law was allegedly abusing one of his children.

“The children were visiting [relatives] in the community. The uncle, for some reason, spanked one of the children and that message was relayed to the father. He, in his anger, came from Gordon Town to Allman Town allegedly with a firearm that was [allegedly] used by him to fire at the uncle,” the crime officer explained.

He said the man then returned to his Suzuki Vitara with his children and sped off, but was later intercepted by cops, who he led on a high-speed chase before crashing into two other vehicles.

“Because he was not familiar with the area he crashed in the vicinity of South Camp Road and North Street. At that stage, what we suspect that he did was to place the firearm in the bag of the eldest child, who is 16 years of age, and run from the vehicle.

“Where we are now is tying up this investigation in terms of the shooting and the recovery of the firearm,” said Anderson.

He said a Ruger pistol was recovered along with several rounds of ammunition.

In the meantime, he said that the Child Development Agency has been called in as it relates to the welfare of the children, but mentioned that the 16-year-old has been taken into custody along with his father.