man who claims that he was once a member of a criminal
gang of youths from Buxton says the police know who the
leaders are but cannot catch them.
says he was forced to leave the group, because after the
criminals from the February 2002 prison escape were
killed, gang members went out of control.
says he also deserted the gang because of an incident he
had with the police.
about the current youth gang's operations, the former
informant says two young men are now the leaders.
says the police at Vigilance station know their names
and have been trying to apprehend them. He says the men
were primarily targeting minibuses since it is far
says several villagers are aware of the two men's
activities but would not say anything out of fear. The
man points out that the gang is not very large but it
has a few small arms and good links with other criminals
around the country.
man, who the police have linked to several armed
robberies, murder and several other crimes admits that
he once worked for the wanted men who had occupied the
village following the jailbreak, but only as a lookout.
the escapees died he worked with Mervin 'Skittle' Archer
(now dead), Randy Joseph, who recently confessed in one
section of the media that he was a member of the gang,
and a number of other men some of whom were gunned down
man says he never robbed, killed nor kidnapped anyone,
even though many persons would think he did because of
his association with these men.
I used to do was to ride on the road and when I see
police coming I would go back on the line and tell dem
boys to look out." He says he has been targeted
ever since by the police because of the role he once
added that he left the gang when wanted man, Shawn Brown
was killed, since according to him all of the other
criminals had begun to do whatever they pleased.
Brown's death he received no payment for his work and
was sometimes threatened by his own men.
News was told that the booty from most of the robberies
was shared among the gang members. He said the gang was
most active leading up to public holidays, Saturday
nights and other special occasions when they needed
says all of the gang members were hardened cri-minals
and some of the young men were encouraged to join the
group because of money.
when most ah dem get the money is big sporting on the
linetop. Some of dem would even share out."
man confirmed that during the days of the escapees
living in Buxton whenever a big robbery came off several
persons would flock the area the next day to collect
money that was usually shared to some villagers.
police have already conducted three raids in the village
for this year. But gunmen have still carried out a
number of armed robberies on residents in the villages
of Vigilance, Strathspey, Non Pariel, Coldingen and
also ambushed and opened fire on a 4x4 pick-up with
seven men on Brushe Dam, Friendship. Two of the men,
Ganga Persaud and Sukram Persaud, were seriously injured
during the shooting.