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Dec 29, 2008

4 murders over the weekend shatter Christmas peace

Story PictureThere were a string of murders, shootings and robberies over the long Christmas weekend as criminals took to the streets. We begin with a fatal shooting early on Boxing Day at the Princess Hotel and Casino parking lot.

It happened as twenty-nine year old Jermaine Trapp of Faber’s Road was about to drive out of the parking lot. News Five understands from Trapp’s family that a youth, eighteen year old Cameron Blease, who was running from a line of gunfire, sought cover in Trapp’s blue car when bullets hit both of them. One of the slugs penetrated Trapp’s head. Even though he underwent surgery, he succumbed about twenty-four hours later. The construction worker himself had a matter before the court when he was fingered as the driver of a get-away vehicle in a robbery at RB’s Gas Station earlier this year. Meanwhile, Blease, a resident of Ebony Street, was shot to the upper part of his body. This afternoon police had detained the main suspect, a fifteen year old minor of Ghost Town who police believe was also the gunman in the murder of Steven James and Leon Sutherland. The other shooting victim, Cameron Blease, is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on a ventilator.

The second murder also occurred on Boxing Day on a farm about six miles away from Teakettle Village on a feeder road in an area called Arizona. When police responded to the scene they discovered the body of fifty-three year old Jesus Israel Alas, a Salvadoran, lying inside a bedroom of a concrete building. It had an injury to the back of the head and a blood-stained pick-axe was at the scene.

In the third instance, again on Boxing Day also saw its third murder, this time at a farm in Bladden Village, Toledo. Police found the body of twenty-three year old Jaime Sandoval lying face down on the ground with multiple chop wounds to the head, back, both hands and a severed right foot. Sandoval was reportedly embroiled in an altercation on Christmas Day with nineteen year old Augustine Choc Pop, a Guatemalan laborer who was at the farm’s housing site. During the fight, Sandoval allegedly hit Pop in the face with a pipe and in retaliation, Pop chopped Sandoval on the face and body. Police have since arrested and charged Pop with Murder.

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