AFTER two botched operations to capture wanted Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, the police have resorted to pleading with him to hand himself in.
In a release to the media today, police named Coke and his brother Leighton Coke, also called ‘Livety’, among 13 gang leaders who they are asking to turn themselves in.
Hours before dawn this morning, police went to a premises in the upscale community of Kirkland Heights in upper St Andrew, after they gained intelligence that Coke was hiding out there.
After about two hours of gunfire, Keith Clarke, the brother of former People’s National Party member of parliament Claude Clarke, lay dead, while four Jamaica Defence Force soldiers were injured.
It is not clear if Coke was anywhere near the house as police have been tight-lipped about the incident. The Bureau of Special Investigations is probing the incident.
The police have also asked Arnett Gardens area leader, George Phang, to turn himself him.
Other gang leaders wanted by the police are Donovan Ainsworth otherwise called ‘Pepsi’ and Delano Walker, also called ‘Fidel’ of a Central Kingston community known as ‘Tel Aviv’;Anthony Harding also called ‘Prince Pow’ of the POW Crew; Earl Brown, also called ‘Chun’ of Top Road; Jermaine Layne also called ‘Cutter’ of Bryden Street; Everton Douglas also called ‘Fuba’ and Troy Ricketts also called ‘Okra’ of Jacques Road; Michael Ewan also called ‘Mikey One Two’ of Goodwich Lane; Michael Murray also called ‘Bizzy’ and Andrew Salmon also called ‘Alcapone’ of Hypolite Road in Rockfort, East Kingston.
Yesterday 11 wanted men turned themselves in to the police after they were named among 23 most wanted persons. A police source at the St Andrew North Police Division said members of the Common gang appeared shaky and nervous when they turned up at the Constant Spring Police Station.
“They appeared very nervous. It just goes to show that many of these so called gangsters are really cowards and have no guts. The police mean business this time around,” the source said.