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Suspect held in murder of Canadian woman

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2021 | 12:27 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer
Latoya Alcindor
Latoya Alcindor


A man the police say is the prime suspect in the murder of a popular Canadian female events promoter, whose partially decomposed body was found inside her room at an apartment complex in Runaway Bay, St Ann, last week, was apprehended by the Trelawny police yesterday.

The identity of the suspect, reportedly a taxi operator, has been withheld by investigators, who say he was picked up during a joint operation by the Trelawny and St Ann police divisions in Rio Bueno, which is located on the border of the two northern parishes.

The accused was being sought in connection with the murder of 43-year-old Latoya Alcindor, who is of Markham in Ontario, Canada.

Reports are that the Canadian woman, who travelled to Jamaica on December 27, 2020, met the accused man and started a relationship with him.

The police also said that the suspect was seen in the company of the woman prior to her body being discovered with multiple stab wounds in her rented apartment on January 18.

“I must commend the officers for their swift actions and hard work with neighbouring officers in Trelawny in apprehending the suspect,” said Superintendent Dwight Powell, the commanding officer for St Ann.

His Trelawny counterpart, Superintendent Carlos Russell, who was transferred to the parish at the start of the week, also heaped praise on the cops from the two parishes.

“The parish of Trelawny is maintaining a perfect record when it comes to bringing criminals to justice and making breakthroughs into murders, especially crimes of this nature, where the actual crime was committed in a neighbouring parish, but the suspect hails from the parish,” said Russell.

The deceased woman was said to be quite popular in Toronto, where she was involved in the making of costumes for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival. She is the second Canadian national to be murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year.

Forty-six-year-old Collin Wright, who resided in Mississauga, Canada, was shot and killed in Cambridge, St James, on January 12, while visiting relatives.

Wright was ambushed and shot multiple times by two armed men while standing inside his cousin’s yard at about 7 p.m.

His death is being investigated by the St James police.