Police say one of two men shot dead on Tuesday, March 12, was the mastermind and lead criminal behind the robbery in which a security guard and a courier were slain in Montego Bay Sunday.
The man has also been identified as leader of the Dean’s Lane Gang operating in and around the parish of St. James.
He is 36-year-old Kayon Wellington, otherwise called ‘Scatta’, of Belmont, Anchovy in St. James. Another man, who remains unidentified, was also killed during the confrontation.
However, people in Belmont said the men were not involved in any gang activities and disputed police reports that they were killed in a shootout with lawmen.
A police release said Wellington was implicated in the recent double murder and robbery committed on Jarrett Street, Montego Bay on Sunday, March 10, which claimed the lives of 61-year-old, Canute Earle, security guard and 41-year-old Floyd Wilson.
Wilson was the driver of a car that was taking money from a business place for drop deposit at a financial institution. Earle was one of two security guards providing escort service, in a car that came under gunfire after its path was blocked.
According to police Wellington has a long history of criminal activity dating back to 2003 when he came under the police’s radar as a Person of Interest for crimes such as robberies, wounding with intent, shootings and murders in St. James.
They say he was implicated in the murders of Keniel Richards in 2013 in Belmont, the January 2018 murder of Kevin Lindo on McCarty Street, Montego Bay and the 2019 murders of Omar Watkins and Lloyd Johnson on Barnett Street.