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  • FOUR THE FRIGHTENING WAY: cops point to new robbery scheme downtown

    Members of the public who do business in and around downtown Kingston are being warned to be on the lookout for criminals who are now using a number of new methods to rob their victims of valuables.

    Police personnel who patrol the busy commercial hub of the capital city say a particular new method can be quite frightening for the victims.

    Unlike the traditional method of attacking persons and grabbing valuables like chains, which creates commotions that draw attention to their actions, the latest scheme involves a level of trauma that is calculated to the point where the victims do not even want to call out for help.

    The method has allowed criminals to successfully carry out attacks in close proximity to law enforcement personnel, achieving success virtually ‘under their nose’.

    “What is now happening is that these criminals, instead of running and grabbing items from their victims, they are walking up to unsuspecting members of the public in groups of three and four, and are able to intimidate victims to the point where they are afraid to call out for help, and feel they have to comply to the wishes of the criminals to hand over their valuables,” a police source told Loop News.

    The source gave an example.

    “Imagine you are walking (in) downtown Kingston, minding your own business, when a group of men - sometimes three or four - walk up to you, one to the right, one to the left, and the others behind you.

    “Before you even know it, the men, in a cool and calculated manner, tell you that you are being robbed, and that the member walking behind you has a gun, which is trained on you.

    “You are also warned that if you scream, the man walking behind you is ready to shoot you on the spot.”

    “Buss out him/har head back,” was given as the likely warning from the gangsters, which would be craftily delivered by one member of the group.

    Another member of the group quickly tells the man supposedly with the gun not to hurt the victim as yet, only if he or she resists handing over the valuables which the group is targeting.

    The typical victim becomes so traumatised by the actions from the menacing group members surrounding him or her, that the option most often taken is to remain quiet, the police source explained.

    Before the victims fully realise what is happening, the men would have robbed them and made their escape.

    The method is said to be so sophisticated that sometimes it takes place within a few feet from where police personnel are present, but because the victims are so traumatise and scared stiff, they refrain from raising an alarm.

    Police operating in downtown report that they have been receiving numerous reports of robberies, but say one of the biggest challenge they face to clamp down on the illegal acts is the unwillingness of the actual victims to make the reports.

     

     

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  • Pastor's phone stolen during prayer

    Absolutely no love was shown by a lone hoodlum on Valentine's Day, after he robbed persons who were worshipping at the Good Tidings Mennonite Church of God in White Hall, St Andrew.

    Information reaching THE STAR is that worshippers conducting their regular Ash Wednesday prayer and fasting were left in shock because of the brazenness of a man reportedly dressed in a long-sleeve white shirt.

    "Him tek the pastor phone and phones belonging to two other persons," a member of the church told THE STAR.

    The incident reportedly occurred about 11 a.m.

    THE STAR understands that children were on the outside, to the front of the church playing, while adults, split in groups, were inside praying.

    "Kids were outside playing games on the phones, and the lone thief took the phone from the girl and then walked inside the church and started to rob persons," the church member said.

    THE STAR understands that not even a phone that was being charged was spared.

    "Him walk over and plug out the phone that was charging. Him just come and go away with three phones, including the phone which belongs to the head pastor. It happened so quickly," another church member told THE STAR.

    Our news team gathered that the church members were forced to borrow a phone to contact the Constant Spring police.

    When our news team contacted the police, they confirmed the reports. They also assured that the matter is being thoroughly investigated.

     

     

     

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  • Valentine's Day heartbreak: 3-y-o shot dead while walking with stepdad

    As the day designated for love and togetherness drew to a close Wednesday, the life of a three-year-old girl was cut short by brazen gunmen as she walked with her stepfather in Annotto Bay, St Mary.

    Residents have identified the child as Kalecia Matthews of Cane Lane in the parish.

    According to initial reports, sometime after 9 pm, the little girl was walking home in the company of her stepfather, when hoodlums opened gunfire at them before fleeing the area.

    The little girl was subsequently found suffering from a gunshot wound to her upper body. She was rushed to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. 

    No motive has been established for the Valentine's Day gun attack in a town that has seen several gruesome murders over the years, including a triple murder last August.

    Police are currently investigating.

     

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  • St Thomas man charged for murder of elderly Jamaican-Canadian couple

     

    The St. Thomas Police have formally charged the suspect who was arrested in relation to the double murder of an elderly couple, in Retreat, St. Thomas on Tuesday, January 09.

    He is 25-year-old Fabian Skervin, farmer of Tulip Road and Soho district both in Seaforth, St. Thomas. Skervin has been charged with two counts of Murder and two counts of Robbery with Aggravation. He is scheduled to appear in the St. Thomas Parish court on Wednesday, February 21.

    He was arrested in Seaforth district, St. Thomas on Wednesday, February 07.

    The elderly couple, 81-year-old Melbourne Flake and his wife, 70-year-old Etta Flake, were found at their home motionless, with their hands and feet bound, on Tuesday, January 09, about 10:30 a.m. The Police were alerted and they were both taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

     

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  • Jamaican bobsleigh team faces drama at Winter Olympics as coach quits

    History-making Jamaica's women bobsleigh team is without a coach a few days before the start of its competition at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

    The Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (JBSF) announced that coach Sandra Kiriasis has quit.

    A statement the JBSF said that “driving coach Sandra Kiriasis has elected not to continue her position with Jamaica Bobsleigh. We are deeply disappointed in her decision to leave the programme. We thank her for her invaluable contribution to JBSF and contributing to the success of Jamaica’s first female bobsled Olympic appearance.”

    However, following that statement, it has been reported that a senior member of Jamaica Bobsleigh said that “the lady was a hugely destructive force on the team. Now that she is off the team synergy is much better, tension is down and athletes are now able to focus in a much healthier environment.

    “We have our high performance director, Jo Manning, and coach, Dudley Stokes, who have been with the team all season and who have been the ones driving performance, so frankly, things have only improved with her departure.

    “If you come on the team you have to be a team player. There are no gods and goddesses here.”

    The BBC reported that the departure of Kiriasis, who it said owns the sled in which the Jamaicans are planning to compete, came after she was asked to change her role.

    “I have never known such disappointment in this sport in my life,” Kiriasis, a world, European and Olympic champion as a competitor for Germany, was reported as saying.

    “The athletes have told me they don’t understand why this has happened as they have no problem with me and we have a good relationship," Kiriasis said.

    Jamaica's women bobsleigh team historic qualification to the Winter Olympics came 30 years after the men bobsleigh team made its first historic appearance at a Winter Olympics (1988 in Calgary), which inspired the film Cool Runnings.

    Jamaica will be led in PyeongChang  by Jazmine Fenlator, who competed for USA as a push-athlete at Sochi 2014.

    American-born Fenlator switched to join her father's native Jamaica in 2015.

    Fenlator is joined by brakewoman Carrie Russell, who won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in 2013 and Audra Segree, who also competed on the track as a sprinter.

    Practice for the  bobsleigh teams is on Saturday with the opening heats on Tuesday.

     

     

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