According to developing reports, dancehall reggae musician Vybz Kartel broke out of a Jamaican prison early Wednesday morning.
Last month we told you about Vybz Kartel’s legal woes stemming from the deaths of promoter Barrington “Bossie” Burton and Clive “Lizard” Williams. Back then, police held Kartel–born Adijah Palmer–without bail while he awaited trial for murders (he’s repeatedly proclaimed his innocence).
Now, several news outlets are reporting that Kartel, along with seven other prisoners, escaped from Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Jamaica in what is being called the most brazen escape attempt in Jamaican history.
According to reports, Kartel and his band of prison brothers started a riot and held several guards captive, stripping them of their clothes and keys. After allegedly shooting two guards with smuggled guns, the group fled the prison in a utility truck. Reportedly one prison guard died of a heart attack and 12 others were injured during the escape.
One prisoner has supposedly been captured, but Kartel as well as the other are still at large. Vybz Kartel has been named one of Jamaica’s most wanted criminals and apparently, the lead contender for a staring role in Shottas 2.
The Jamaican Observer is reporting that the news of Vybz Kartel is just a rumor.
“I know nothing about that. If that had taken place I would would certainly have known,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green said.
Police at Denham Town Police station, the closest police station to the remand centre were also unaware of the reports as was the Constabulary Communication Network who also claimed ignorance of any jail break.
“It may be an attempt by his cronies to keep him in the news but they don’t need to spread rumours to do that because he will be in the news for quite some time,” one cop told the Observer.
Although the original story did sound quite fanciful, why the authorities haven’t said they know he did not escape because they still have him in custody is very interesting. The fact that the local police say they are “unaware” of an escape raises red flags to me. But, I’ll take their words for it.