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Hostage situation in Kingston | Cops nab criminals who hold business owner, several patrons

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said its police negotiators de-escalated a hostage situation at a business place on Molynes Road in Kingston 10 yesterday, September 9, securing the safe release of several hostages and the surrender of the hoodlums.

The situation started to unfold when two armed men reportedly went to the premises and attempted to rob the operator and patrons.

However, when the police team’s speedy response surprised the robbers before they could escape, they locked themselves inside the building, taking the owner and the patrons as hostages.

Senior Superintendent Morris Robinson, acting head of the Area 4 Police Division, coordinated resources, and the JCF’s Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT) was called in.

“After an expert marathon negotiation, the police de-escalated the situation and the robbers surrendered. The premises was then breached and all the hostages were safely rescued by the highly trained SWAT,” the JCF said.

It added: “The would-be robbers were safely taken into custody and detectives and forensic scenes of crime investigators were summoned to conduct preliminary investigations. The identities of the persons taken into custody have been withheld pending further investigations.”

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