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Cops appeal to Duppy O

Published:Friday | March 12, 2021 | 12:22 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The police are asking alleged Bedward Gardens gangster Akeem ‘Duppy O’ Thomas, who they say is a top-tier member of the Berry Gang, to turn himself in to the nearest police station immediately.

On the heels of Thomas’ interview with The Gleaner published yesterday, accusing the police of plotting to kill him as they cut down five of his alleged cronies in a pre-dawn operation on Wednesday, the St Andrew Central Police said that Thomas has been on their radar for some time.

Thomas, through his family, had contacted The Gleaner in a bid to broker his surrender on Wednesday, but negotiations fell through after lengthy talks, which also involved the police.

Our news team was on hand and heard Thomas give the police his word that he was ready to surrender, also requesting that The Gleaner, his baby mother, and sister initiate the process.

Senior Superintendent of Police Stephanie Lindsay, head of police communications, yesterday urged Thomas to present himself at the nearest police station.

“He is wanted by the police for murders and shootings,” Lindsay told The Gleaner.

The police say he can report to them in the company of a justice of the peace, lawyer, or pastor, if he wishes, “and identify himself because he is wanted”.

Speaking to The Gleaner on Wednesday, Thomas said that he was being targeted because of his family background and that he has not had a chance to get a lawyer.

“Mi hear say the police dem a ask fi mi. Dem a ask fi mi say dem a go kill me and dem nah go stop,” he said.

The men killed in the security forces’ operation on Wednesday have been identified as Ackeem ‘Tillo’ McLean, 20; Colin ‘Peng’ Mingoes; Oneil Dixon, 24; Taffari ‘Jani’ Dell, 22; and Julanie Palmer, 22.

A member of a joint police-military team was also injured during the gun battle, which began after 3 a.m.

With a dent in the operations of the Berry Gang, the security forces expect a further reduction in crime and violence in the space.

Up to March 9, 2021, the St Andrew Central Police Division had recorded a 52 per cent reduction in murders when compared with last year.

Eleven persons were killed, compared to 23 for the corresponding period in 2020.

Shootings in the division were also down by 13 per cent.

Nearly 300 murders have been committed in Jamaica since the start of the year.