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Man believed to be Jamaican on US top 10 most wanted list, US$100,000 reward offered

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:59 PM

  Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A man believed to be a Jamaican citizen has been listed as one of the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

While acknowledging that the man’s identity and nationality is still uncertain, FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said investigators are calling him ‘Marlon Jones’.

In a statement posted on the FBI’s website, Garriola said ‘Jones’ has an “extensive violent criminal” history and uses multiple alias names 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,” Garriola said.

According to the FBI Special Agent, ‘Jones’ 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 ‘Jones’ has used the names ‘Anthony Howard’, ‘Anthony Winter’ and variations of those names.

Garriola said Jones is about 5'10" tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has provided dates of birth ranging from 1970-1981.

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

Garriola said ‘Jones’ is wanted in connection with the early-morning killing of four people, including Jamaican gang leader Robert ‘Rodigan’ Davis, in California on October 15 this year. 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 which 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 Jamaican criminal group, based on the US East Coast, that is involved in the illegal distribution of ganja. He said 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,” Garriola said.

He said investigators believe ‘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,” Garriola said, adding that ‘Jones’ should be considered armed and dangerous.

‘Jones’ is the 510th individual to be named to the list of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. The agency says since 1950 when the list was created 478 of the fugitives listed have been apprehended or located.

The FBI is asking persons with information on ‘Jones’ whereabouts to contact any of their local offices or the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.