Gun­man shot with own weapon af­ter rap­ing two fe­male tourists

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(JAMAICA GLEANER) - The fes­ter­ing crime prob­lem that has been plagu­ing St James jolted the tourism sec­tor on Thurs­day night when a gun­man barged into a ho­tel room in Mon­tego Bay and raped two fe­male tourists be­fore he lost pos­ses­sion of his weapon and was shot by one of the vis­i­tors.

Af­ter he was shot, the gun­man al­legedly jumped over a bal­cony and fled. The weapon, which was re­port­edly stolen from the room of an­other guest, was turned over to the po­lice.

“Based on our ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the gun­man was em­ployed to the ho­tel two days ago as an en­ter­tain­ment co­or­di­na­tor, so it was not some­one who walked in off the street,” a po­lice of­fi­cer told The Gleaner. “The gun he had in his pos­ses­sion was stolen from the room of an­other guest, who is a li­censed firearm holder.”


Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, at ap­prox­i­mately 11:15pm, the two vis­i­tors, who are from Detroit in the United States, were in their room at the Riu Reg­gae Ho­tel in Iron­shore, Mon­tego Bay, when a man, who was armed with a hand­gun, walked in on them. With gun in hand, the man de­manded that they per­form var­i­ous sex­ual acts on him.

While he was rap­ing one woman, the gun re­port­edly fell from his hand. The other woman picked up the weapon and pointed it at him. He tried to dis­arm the woman, who fired two shots at him. He ran out of the room, jumped a bal­cony and fled. The po­lice, who were sum­moned to the prop­erty, found blood stains be­low the bal­cony.

“We be­lieve he was shot ei­ther once or twice, based on the amount of blood be­low the bal­cony and on the ground lead­ing into bushes off the ho­tel’s com­pound,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer. “We will be car­ry­ing out fur­ther searches to see if we find him.”

Based on pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the po­lice have iden­ti­fied the gun­man as De­mar Scott. How­ever, there is un­cer­tainty about where he is from as the po­lice have found two iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards for him, giv­ing two dif­fer­ent ad­dresses. One ID card says he is from Ex­change district in Ocho Rios, St Ann while the other says he is from Com­fort district in Wil­liams­field, Manch­ester.

“When we went to the lo­ca­tion, one of the women handed over a 9mm Glock 17 pis­tol with se­rial num­ber DTN201,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer. “It was loaded with 16 live rounds of am­mu­ni­tion.”

Con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent in a state­ment yes­ter­day, the man­age­ment of RIU said: “Last night, Septem­ber 27, there was a very un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent in the Riu Reg­gae Ho­tel in which two guests were at­tacked by a trainee at the en­ter­tain­ment depart­ment of the ho­tel. The man, who had been in train­ing for only three days, was able to es­cape. The ho­tel man­age­ment im­me­di­ately called the po­lice and ac­com­pa­nied and sup­ported the guests with ev­ery­thing in this dif­fi­cult mo­ment. We are un­able to share fur­ther de­tails, both for the pro­tec­tion of our clients’ pri­vacy, as well as to not in­ter­fere in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­ing al­ready car­ried out by the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.”

Some six hours af­ter the Riu in­ci­dent, an­other Mon­tego Bay ho­tel was also dragged into the news. At about 5:45am on Fri­day, the po­lice, act­ing on in­for­ma­tion, went to the Ho­tel Glo­ri­ana on Sun­set Boule­vard in Mon­tego Bay, where five men were ar­rested and two il­le­gal firearms seized. The men were wanted in con­nec­tion with a re­cent shoot­ing in Spring Mount, also in St James.

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