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Police hunt man considered ‘armed and dangerous’

Police hunt man considered ‘armed and dangerous’

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Police are searching for Keon Scott of Glen, who escaped from the holding area of the Serious Offences Court on Friday, November 11, sometime after 12 noon.

Scott, 30, was on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), White Chapel Road and had been brought to court to make an appearance, having been charged for having a .38 revolver, along with six rounds of .38 ammunition without a licence.{{more}}

Police say he was found with these items on Saturday, October 8 at the Diamond gap, during a police stop and search operation.

On Monday, during a police briefing at Police Headquarters in Kingstown, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of crimes Frankie Joseph said that Scott is considered armed and dangerous and must not be approached.

The ACP said that Scott has been charged several times in the past with firearm and ammunition offences.

“He is considered to be armed and dangerous and we are appealing to the general public that if you by chance have any information or see Keon Scott, do not try to apprehend him… so call us if you see him,” stressed ACP Joseph, who asked persons to contact him (ACP Joseph) at 1-784-496-5233, the Kingstown barracks at 1-784-457-1211 or the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at 1-784-456-1810.

On Monday, October 10, Scott was granted bail in the sum of $13,000 after he pleaded not guilty to gun and ammunition charges. But apparently no one signed Scott’s bail bond, so he decided to flee on Friday.

Commenting on the escape, Deputy Commis­sioner of Police Colin John said that he did not want to go into details, but did note that Scott was in the holding area of the Serious Offences Court when he fled. The Deputy Commissioner also did not say if Scott was handcuffed at the time he escaped, or if he was being guarded.

In relation to security at the Court, Deputy Commissioner John said that the police try their best at all times, but there is always room for improvement.

“We have competent persons there (at the court) and they do their best to ensure the court is safe,” stressed John, who noted that details of the escape could not be released to the public, as the incident may be a subject to internal disciplinary action and divulging evidence can subvert the investigation. (LC)

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