Jamaica's most wanted captured in US

Published: Friday | June 12, 2009

One of the country's most-wanted men is now in custody in the United States after being arrested in Miami.

St James gangster Omar Oneil Lewis, better known as 'King Evil', was held by members of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) team and the Lauderhill Police Department after an extensive investigation.

King Evil was added to the local police most-wanted list after he was implicated in the June 2008 murder of Richard Reid in a nightclub in Montego Bay, St James.

The 33-year-old is accused of stabbing Reid multiple times. He is also linked to several other violent crimes in the Glendevon, Flankers and Canterbury communities in St James.

King Evil also faces criminal charges in the US stemming from a February 2007 arrest in which he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and illegally re-entering the country after being deported.

Lengthy investigation

ICE special agents in Miami say following a lengthy investigation, King Evil and 25-year-old Michael Montaque were arrested in South Florida.

According to the American agents, King Evil had been deported in 2001 and 2006. Montaque, a convicted felon, had been deported in January 2006.

King Evil has an extensive criminal history in Florida, including five violent felony arrests.

He faces up to two years in prison in the US if convicted and will be deported to Jamaica to answer the murder charge.