A cloak of silence has been lifted, following the deaths of six of Clarendon’s most notorious criminals.
The six gangsters were shot and killed during a pre-dawn operation in the parish on Sunday, August 2, 2020. The Targeted Operation was carried out by members of the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) and involved a shoot-out with the gunmen that lasted for more than an hour.
Since the news of their deaths, eyewitnesses have begun to come forward, to tell their stories as gangster’s stranglehold on the community has loosened. Thus far, their deaths have led to the clearing-up of at least two previously unsolved Murders, two cases of Shooting with Intent and the Rape of a 13yr-old girl.
The oldest case dates back to the night of April 25, 2018, when 25-year old Romaine Miller otherwise called ‘Xman’ and another man were standing along the Effortville main road in Clarendon when a group of men armed with rifles and handguns accosted and threatened to kill them.
The gunmen then ordered the group of persons to run. However, Miller refused and was subsequently grabbed and shot by the armed men. The other man obeyed the instructions but was shot in the leg while trying to escape. The men were taken to the hospital where Miller was pronounced dead, and the other man admitted.
Following the death of reputed gang leader, 29-year-old Leon Rose otherwise called ‘Hitler’, eyewitnesses have corroborated evidence linking Rose and another gang member to that murder and shooting with Intent. Rose was also on the Clarendon Police’s most wanted list for a number of years but previously managed to elude the police.
On April 8, 2020, 17-year-old Demar Lindsay otherwise called ‘Mini-Mi’ of Evans Avenue in May Pen, Clarendon was at home when armed men with rifles and handguns allegedly entered the house by force, shot and killed him.
Witnesses who were close to the scene went into hiding but have since shared compelling evidence linking the murder to now-deceased Zemar Nelson, otherwise called ‘Terminator Boy’ or ‘Diller’ of Effortville District, who was also fatally shot during the August 2 operation. Leon Rose, otherwise called, ‘Hitler’ was also linked to that murder.
Rose has also been linked to a June 13, 2018 case of Shooting with Intent of in Effortville. Reports garnered by the CCU are that a man was walking along the roadway when a group of men approached him brandishing handguns. They fired shots at him, but he fled and escaped unhurt.
In the final incident, Leon Rose allegedly raped and impregnated a thirteen-year-old girl in Effortville on May 17, 2019. It is alleged that at about 3:00 p.m. that day, the teenager was on her way home from school when she was raped at gunpoint by Rose. The teen became pregnant and later gave birth to a child but only broke her silence after learning of his demise.
The police are appealing to residents of Clarendon and its environs who have suffered at the hands of these hoodlums to tell what they know by calling Police 119 emergency number, May Pen CIB at 1876-832-2077 or the nearest police station.