Cops dispel rumour that deejay and seven others stage prison break

Jamaica Observer

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

POLICE have thrown cold water on claims that embattled Deejay Vybz Kartel has escaped from the New Horizon Adult Remand Centre early this morning.

Reports have gone viral on the internet and on social networks that the Deejay and seven other inmates held guards hostage at gunpoint minutes after 1:00 am and stole uniforms and a vehicle belonging to the Correctional Services Department before escaping.

Police have dispelled rumours that Vybz Kartel escaped custody early this morning.

The police have also dispelled rumours that a guard died from a heart attack and 12 others were injured.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green told the Observer early this morning that he had no knowledge of the reported jail break.

"I know nothing about that. If that had taken place I would would certainly have known," Green said.

Police at Denham Town Police station, the closest police station to the remand centre were also unaware of the reports as was the Constabulary Communication Network who also claimed ignorance of any jail break.

"It may be an attempt by his cronies to keep him in the news but they don't need to spread rumours to do that because he will be in the news for quite some time," one cop told the Observer.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is facing two murder charges, conspiracy to murder, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of ganja charges.

He was arrested on October 1 and has repeatedly been denied bail when he appeared in court.

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Vybz Kartel has reportedly escaped from prison in Jamaica after holding an officer at gunpoint.

Reports have surfaced that the Dancehall artist started a riot at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre and has fled in Jamaica's biggest prison escape in history. TheHypeLifeMag reports that Vybz - real name Adidja Palmer - managed to take control of the prison after holding an officer at gunpoint.

As a result, a prison officer died of a heart attack and 12 others were injured - two were shot with guns that had been smuggled into the prison. Shortly after 1am, Vybz and other jailmates stole clothes and car keys from prison guards and created stories to help get past other officers.

At approximately 1:45am, the convicts made their way to a pickup truck outside the prison which helped them to escape.

The Force Commissioner of the Criminal Investigations Branch has confirmed that Vybz is on the run and he and the other escapees are now on Jamaica's most wanted list.

Vybz has been charged with murdering two men earlier this year.

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