- The police are currently seeking a man they say is the “mastermind” behind Monday’s (April 7) attacks on JUTC buses in the Corporate Area
- Damage has been estimated at $1 million.
- The JUTC’s Managing Director, Colin Campbell, says the suspect being sought “is known by the lawmen”.
The police are currently seeking a man they say is the “mastermind” behind Monday’s (April 7) attacks on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses in the Corporate Area, resulting in damage of over $1 million.
The JUTC’s Managing Director, Colin Campbell, says the suspect being sought “is known by the lawmen”, while pointing out that the police have already detained one man in connection with the incident.
Consequent on the lawmen’s response, he anticipates that that “shortly, the police will have (all) the persons (responsible, in custody)”.
Addressing journalists at a media briefing, at the JUTC’s corporate offices, at Twickenham Park, Spanish Town, St. Catherine, on Monday, Mr. Campbell informed that the incidents occurred during peak hour traffic, between 7:15 and 8:00 a.m., during which three of the units were damaged.
He said two incidents sustained engine damage after being attacked by unscrupulous persons in the vicinity of Conway Avenue and Duhaney Drive.
The third incident, he said, involved men travelling in a burgundy van, bearing public passenger license plates, erecting road blocks in the vicinity of Pembroke Hall and Patrick City. These, Mr. Campbell pointed out, effectively prevented JUTC units and other road users free passage along that corridor.
He advised that quick action by the police resulted in the van being intercepted and one person detained.
“In the fourth incident, JUTC unit 1571 caught fire in the engine compartment and it is theorized that it may have been set (on fire) by arsonists. In incident number five, a number of JUTC units were stoned on Spanish Town Road in the (vicinity) of Weymouth Drive,” the Managing Director stated.
He pointed out however, that no one sustained injuries during these incidents, nor were there reports of similar occurrences elsewhere in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR). He added that things were “brought under quick control by the police and by 8:00 a.m., all services had returned to normal.”
“Since those incidents…we have been in touch with the police and… (they have) assured us that there will be adequate security patrols along all our main routes,” he stated.
Apologising for any inconvenience, Mr. Campbell assured commuters that the service is safe. “We are on top of the situation…proper security arrangements are (being) put in place. All we are asking persons to do is to refrain from attacking public property, to refrain from attacking our buses, and in so doing, injuring innocent persons,” Mr. Campbell stated.