Detectives and criminal investigators are continuing their probe into a major hostage situation which unfolded at a business place along Molynes Road in the Kingston 10 area last night.

Two armed men attempted to rob the operator and patrons at a lottery outlet at about 8:00 pm. The police, however, surprised the suspected robbers before they could escape at which time they resorted to locking themselves inside the building, holding the owner and the patrons as hostages. 

Negotiators from the Jamaica Constabulary Force led by the Acting Head of Area 4, Senior Superintendent, Morris Robinson, coordinated the force’s resources and together with the JCF’s special weapons and tactical team – SWAT, successfully de-escalated the tense and dangerous situation.

The swift handling by the JCF resulted in the safe release of the hostages when the armed men surrendered and were taken into custody. Their identities have not been released pending investigations.

More to come in our Major Stories newscast, CVM Live at 8:00 pm