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Fifth suspect arrested in extortion clampdown, sixth being hunted

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 2:14 PM

Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:
The commanding officer for the Manchester Police Division Superintendent Wayne Cameron has revealed that a fifth person has been arrested in connection to the attempted extortion of  several businesses in central Jamaica and a sixth is being hunted.

The latest arrest involves a woman believed to have been the 'foot soldier' photographing businesses in Mandeville.

She was taken into custody on Monday.

The first two suspects, both males, were nabbed in Manchester on Friday March 3 and the BMW they were driving seized with copies of extortion letters they had been distributing.

The other two suspects including the 62-year-old suspected mastermind remain in custody.

Cameron, speaking at the monthly forum of the Manchester Municipal Corporation said the sixth person now being sought was captured on CCTV.

The Manchester Police say they are currently being assisted by Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime and are paying keen attention to information from a prisoner who had been calling the extortionists.

On Friday, extortion letters began circulating in Mandeville triggering panic among business operators but the police are seeking to assure residents that the matter is under control.