The police are urging St Thomas residents to refrain from vigilante justice as they probe the death of a man following a mob attack in Llandewey District, Wednesday morning.
According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Allison Byfield, head of the St Thomas division, the police are investigating the man’s death while continuing their search for Davion Bryan — the man suspected of abducting two girls in separate incidents in the parish.
In an interview with Loop News, SP Byfield urged residents to desist from carrying out mob killings, which, she said, is a criminal offence that can lead to arrest and charge.
“We are asking that residents do not exact their own justice. If they should come across the suspect that we are looking for, or even apprehend him, call the police. Do not inflict any punishment whatsoever on person or persons that you suspect to be the person of interest,” the superintendent of police appealed.
Bryan has been on the run for approximately one week after allegedly abducting nine-year-old Phylisa Prussia in Bath.
Phylisa was found in bushes days after she went missing. Bryan is also suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Winshae Barrett, who was also found in bushes two days after she went missing.
The man killed on Wednesday, whose name has not yet been released by the police, was attacked by the mob about 7:30 am.
Although reports reaching Loop News are that man killed by the angry mob was mistakenly identified as the suspect in the recent abduction of two girls in Bath, SP Byfield did not confirm this. Instead, she said that ongoing investigations are seeking to ascertain the reason for his killing.
“We are not saying that the person this morning, who was attacked, was attacked because they thought he was the person they are looking for. We are not in possession of that information.
“I don’t know why he was killed. We are investigating, and our crime officers and other persons are in the area trying to collect information on why this person was attacked,” SP Byfield told Loop News on Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the top cop in St Thomas has dismissed claims in circulated voice notes that the unidentified man was assisting Bryan and was pointed out by one of the abducted girls.
“That information has not come to the attention of the police as we don’t know of him assisting Davion Bryan.
“That he was pointed out is not true because the girls are still in a secure medical environment, and they have not yet been released, so they could not have pointed out this person,” SP Byfield said.