Police arrested five people, including three “on suspicion of the murder” of Jaquan Thomas, and seized guns, drugs and cash following a March 1 operation on multiple West End premises, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton stated last Thursday.
Yesterday, Ms. Drayton declined to name the detainees suspected in the killing as no murder charges have yet been laid.
However, she said last Thursday that one of the five was discharged pending further investigations.
She also listed separate charges against four detainees.
Kelon Fortune, 31, a Trinidad and Tobago native residing in Hannahs Bay, was charged with five counts of keeping a prohibited weapon, one count of keeping an unlicensed firearm, and one count of overstaying, Ms. Drayton stated.
Mickiel Robin, 24, and Yamilka George, 27, both of Belmont Estate, were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, and police also charged 34-year-old Glenroy Christopher, also of Belmont Estate, with unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of a controlled drug, Ms. Drayton stated.
Mr. Fortune was scheduled to appear at the next Magistrates’ Court sitting, and the three Belmont residents were granted bail to appear at a later Magistrates’ Court sitting, Ms. Drayton stated.
Other charges may be pending, she added.
“This present investigation has brought to light premises used for illicit activities in the territory that are hidden from general public view,” she stated.
“Persons are encouraged to report any unusual traffic to or from premises in the neighbourhood or suspicious activity to the police.”
Police continue to urge anyone with information about Mr. Thomas’ killing to call the Major Crime Team at 368-5682, Ms. Drayton added.
Mr. Thomas, 29, was shot and killed the morning of Jan. 30 outside a residential area in Little Apple Bay, Ms. Drayton stated the same day.
Police found Mr. Thomas unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the information officer.
The shooting was the territory’s first alleged murder since Nickail Chambers received fatal stab wounds in an altercation at Her Majesty’s Prison last May.