Police recover gun used in hostage incident

by September 10th, 2019

The police are reporting that the firearm and ammunition used in the attempted robbery and hostage incident, on Molynes Road, in Kingston, last night (September 9), has been seized.

 

This followed a systematic search by members of the Caribbean Search Centre and officers assigned to the St. Andrew Central police division.

 

The weapon, a .38 revolver, containing six rounds of ammunition was found about 10:50 this morning, during a search of the premises, where the incident took place.

 

It was found behind a toilet, inside a bathroom.

 

It was also revealed today that a third man is in custody as investigations continue.

 

Police earlier reported that police negotiators de-escalated the hostage situation at the bar and lottery operation, securing the safe release of several hostages.

 

The incident which began about 8 PM ended about midnight.

 

The situation unfolded when two armed men reportedly went to the premises and attempted to rob the operator, and patrons, last night.

 

However, a police team was quick on the scene, and the alleged robbers locked themselves inside the building, taking the owner, and the patrons hostage.   They were later freed.

 

Meantime, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is declaring that the success of last night’s hostage negotiations is due to the training received by members of the force.

 

Head of the CCU, Deputy Superintendent Dahlia Garrick says, the JCF has trained professionals, equipped to deal with hostage situations and kidnapping.

 

 

When asked the best mode of action, if one should find themselves in such a situation, DSP Garrick urged the public to leave it up to the experts.