NEW YORK, USA — Police here have arrested an ex-convict in last Thursday’s killing of Jamaican national Yoseph Robinson.

Eion Klass, who police said was released on parole in October after serving an 11-year sentence for attempted murder and robbery, was picked up by the New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives.   Robinson, a liquor store clerk, was gunned down when he went to the defence of his girlfriend during a robbery at the store in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

Residents reported that Klass and Robinson knew each other.  Robinson, formerly of Spanish Town in Jamaica, was said to be a role model in his Brooklyn community after turning around his life from a troubled past and converting to Judaism.

On Monday, hundreds from Brooklyn’s large Jewish community joined many in the Jamaican community at a service remembering Robinson, who left four children behind.

Klass’ swift arrest followed tips to the NYPD, who had offered a $12,000 reward in the case.

Two Brooklyn politicians had also offered a $6,000 reward.