Constable Crystal Thomas

News post July 16, 2015

She fought to the end | Lead Stories | Jamaica Gleaner

Woman Constable Crystal Thomas
Senior Superintendent of Police Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford (right) escorts
National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who visited the Denham Town Police
Station in west Kingston, to get an update after the murder of woman Constable
Crystal Thomas, who was shot and killed by gunmen on a bus on Tuesday night.
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The shattered glass littering the backseat of a passenger bus parked at the

Hunt’s Bay Police Station in St Andrew yesterday told the story of the brave

struggle woman Constable Crystal Thomas waged against three robbers

before she was eventually killed on Tuesday night, police investigators have revealed.

“She fight to the last,” one senior investigator told The Gleaner.

“She never roll over and die; she fight to the end,” said another

investigator.

In the end though, they said the three male robbers were too strong for the

24-year-old constable and overpowered her before shooting her three times in the face.

Weapon recovered

But within hours of the gruesome slaying, the St Andrew South Police revealed

that two suspects had been taken into custody and a firearm seized.

By late afternoon yesterday, Senior Superintendent Dean Taylor, who heads the

Major Investigation Task Force (MIT), revealed that a firearm, believed to be

Thomas’ service weapon, had been recovered.

Taylor said both weapons would be turned over to the Government Forensic Laboratory for testing.

Senior Superintendent Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford, who heads the West Kingston

Police Division where Thomas worked for the past four years, praised residents

for assisting investigators and appealed for their continued cooperation.

Ford said he expected that the probe would be wrapped up within a “very short time”.

Retracing Thomas’ final steps, Superintendent Lennox Harper, who is attached to

the St Andrew South Police Division, said she boarded the Mandeville-bound

Toyota Coaster outside the Denham Town Police Station shortly after completing her shift.

Harper said investigations revealed that shortly after the bus crossed the intersection

of Maxfield Avenue and Spanish Town Road one of three men who boarded the bus after

the constable put a gun to the driver’s head and ordered him

to make a left turn off the main thoroughfare.

He said the driver and conductor managed to flee the bus loaded with about 15 passengers,

and it was then that Constable Thomas decided to challenge the robbers.

Still unclear

Harper said what transpired next was still unclear, but that passengers reported hearing several

shots being fired inside the vehicle.

For some members of the Police Federation, the death of the young constable reignited the

issue of transportation for off-duty police personnel. They pointed to the dangers of travelling

on public passenger vehicles with persons they may have prosecuted.

“For years we have been clamouring for a bus system to transport police officers when they finish

their shift,” an executive member of the Federation told grieving police personnel at the

Denham Town Police Station yesterday.

Responding to the concerns, National Security Minister Peter Bunting revealed that the

Government is now in the process of purchasing a number of buses and indicated that some

could be made available to the Jamaica Constabulary Force. “In discussion with the Com-

missioner [of Police], in terms of deployment, I’m sure that’s one of the things he is going to look at,

” Bunting told journalists after a visit with grieving police personnel at the Denham Town Police Station.

The Police High Command is appealing to anyone with information in connection to the slaying of woman Constable Crystal Thomas to come forward.

A special task force headed by Senior Superintendent (SSP) Dean Taylor, assisted by Superintendent Alden Davis has been set up to investigate the matter. Persons with information can contact SSP Taylor at 909-8369, Superintendent Davis at 564-9603 or 754-5048, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

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