Monday 1 June, 2020

Man who escaped from Jamaican coronavirus quarantine found

A man who ran away from a coronavirus quarantine centre in Jamaica on Monday night has been found.

The man, 27-year-old Kemar Bailey of a St Mary, Jamaica address, arrived on the island on Saturday, March 7 and was placed at the quarantine centre in Kingston.  

Police said Bailey requested and was allowed to retrieve a bag with personal items from someone at the gate of the facility at around 7.40 pm on Monday and, whilst doing so, he jumped into a white Tiida motor car which sped off with him.

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He was located in the Waltham Park area around 2 am.

Police revealed: "Kemar Bailey who escaped from the centre about 7.40 pm last evening is back in quarantine after he was picked up by the Jamaica Constabulary and a team from the Ministry of Health at about 2 am today.

"Following the issuing of a public advisory by the police, we received information that he was at a location in the Waltham Park area. An operation was conducted and he was held in the company of a female. Extensive investigations are now underway."

Friends and relatives had been advised that he is still within the high-risk period and they should not accommodate him if he turned up.

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