Rodi­gan’s killer among Amer­ica’s most wanted

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THE UNITED States Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (FBI) has listed the man be­lieved to be the killer of al­leged Ja­maican gang leader Robert ‘Rodi­gan’ Davis among Amer­ica’s 10 most wanted.

The FBI is call­ing the sus­pected killer ‘Mar­lon Jones’ and says he is be­lieved to be a Ja­maican cit­i­zen.

While ac­knowl­edg­ing that the man’s iden­tity and na­tion­al­ity are still un­cer­tain, FBI Spe­cial Agent Scott Gar­riola said that Jones has an “ex­ten­sive vi­o­lent crim­i­nal” his­tory and uses mul­ti­ple aliases and dates of birth.

“We’re call­ing him ‘Mar­lon Jones’ based on his crim­i­nal his­tory in New York, but at this point, it’s any­one’s guess what his ac­tual birth name is. We don’t be­lieve he is a US cit­i­zen,” said Gar­riola.

Ac­cord­ing to the FBI spe­cial agent, the sus­pected killer has been charged with crimes in the state of New Jersey un­der the name ‘Rasheen Brant­ley’ and served time in New York un­der the name ‘Floyd Evans’. Fur­ther, he said that Jones has used the names ‘An­thony Howard’, ‘An­thony Win­ter’, and vari­a­tions of those names.

JONES’ DE­SCRIP­TION

Gar­riola said that Jones is about five feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 160lbs, and has pro­vided dates of birth rang­ing from 1970 to 1981.

“The big­gest chal­lenge right now be­sides find­ing him is try­ing to fig­ure out who he re­ally is,” the FBI agent said.

Gar­riola said Jones is wanted in con­nec­tion with the early morn­ing killing The image of Robert Davis, oth­er­wise called ‘Rodi­gan’, be­ing painted on a wall along Max­field Avenue in St An­drew shortly after his death in Oc­to­ber.

of four peo­ple, in­clud­ing Ja­maican ‘Rodi­gan’ in Cal­i­for­nia on Oc­to­ber 15.

Rodi­gan orig­i­nates from Sun­light Street in the Max­field Avenue area of St An­drew and is closely linked to the no­to­ri­ous Rat Bat crim­i­nal gang.

It is al­leged that Rodi­gan led the gang while in Ja­maica and con­tin­ued to

provide fi­nanc­ing, di­rec­tion, and ac­cess to weapons for its mem­bers while in the US.

The Los An­ge­les po­lice re­port that 10 per­sons were also in­jured in the shoot­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the shoot­ing oc­curred dur­ing a birth­day party that was be­ing held at a lo­ca­tion that is also

op­er­ated as a Ja­maican restau­rant. A re­ward of US$100,000, or nearly J$13 mil­lion, is be­ing of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to his cap­ture.

Gar­riola, who is a mem­ber of the FBI’s Los An­ge­les Fugi­tives Task Force, said in­ves­ti­ga­tions have so far re­vealed that Jones is part of a ‘Mar­lon Jones’

Ja­maican crim­i­nal group, based on the US East Coast, that is in­volved in the il­le­gal dis­tri­bu­tion of ganja.

Ac­cord­ing to Gar­riola, it is be­lieved that Jones and his crew were in Los An­ge­les try­ing to set­tle a dis­pute with a ri­val Ja­maican crew.

“It is still very early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We are not sure if the crews were business as­so­ciates or if their dis­pute was over ter­ri­tory,” added Gar­riola as he noted that in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that Jones has al­ready fled Los An­ge­les.

“Be­sides strong ties to New York and New Jersey, the fugi­tive also has con­nec­tions in Con­necti­cut, Ten­nessee, the Vir­gin Is­lands, and Ja­maica,” said Gar­riola as he warned that Jones should be con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous.

AUBYN HILL

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