JAM | Jun 21, 2023

Man hit with several charges for April attack on Beryllium security team

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The police are reporting that they have charged 28-year-old Jevon Bashford otherwise known as ‘Bashy’ in relation to the attack on Beryllium security officers on Saturday (April 29) in St Thomas.

He is a resident of Mandock Avenue, Big Lane in Central Village, St. Catherine.

In a release today (June 21), the police said that Bashford is facing several charges under the new Firearms Act, the Anti-Gang Legislation and other laws.

The St Catherine resident is facing 14 criminal charges in relation to the attack on the security team.

An armoured Beryllium Limited vehicle driving through a section of the Corporate Area in Jamaica.

These charges include wounding with intent with the use of a firearm, robbery with aggregation, shooting with intent, use of a firearm to commit a felony (two counts), possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorized position of ammunition, stockpiling ammunition, stockpiling firearms, possession of a firearm with the intent to cause damage, being a participant of a criminal organization, malicious destruction of properties, using conveyance of traffic firearms, facilitating the commission of an applicable offence by a criminal organization and conspiracy to commit robbery with aggravation.

A court date as not yet been announced.

The police said that an intense investigation led to detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Investigation Branch (C-TOCH) conducting an operation on Jacques Road in Mountain View, Kingston on Friday (June 9) where two high-powered rifles and over 70 assorted rounds of ammunition seized.

Bashford reportedly gave a caution statement in the presence of his attorney and was subsequently interviewed and charged.

Reports are that at about 10: 00 a.m. on April 26, a group of armed men attacked the Beryllium officers as they attempted to carry out maintenance duties at a service station.

The group of men reportedly opened gunfire at them resulting in a security officer and a bystander becoming shot and injured.

This is one of the many targeted attacks that have occurred in recent months against the Berylluim security team.


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