Alleged gangster slapped with multiple charges including murder

An alleged gang member, who was reportedly involved in the murder of 4 persons in Gregory Park, St. Catherine in 2021 and 2023, was charged yesterday.

He is 23-year-old Tyrese Taylor, otherwise called ‘Reddy’, of Dover Avenue, Gregory Park.

Taylor is believed to be a member of the Chargie Badness gang.

The charges stem from several incidents, the latest of which occurred last year.

Reports are that at about 3:00 a.m. on August 12, Taylor and other gang members went to Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park, St. Catherine, where they allegedly shot and killed 28-year-old Raneel Haughton, a taxi operator of the community.

The gunmen then made their way to another premises on Walkers Avenue where they set several homes on fire.

72-year-old Niomi Gocul sustained severe burns in the arson attack and later succumbed.

Years earlier, on December 18, 2021, at about 9:30 a.m., Taylor and other gang members reportedly entered a premises in Gregory Park, held two men at gunpoint and bound their hands with electrical cords.

One of the victims was allegedly beaten before the armed men proceeded to another premises.

There they held another man at gunpoint, decapitated him using a machete and then escaped with the man’s severed head.

The deceased was identified as 30-year-old Rafiel Natty of Job Lane, Spanish Town, in the parish.

Natty’s severed head was discovered hours later by residents on Cottage Drive in Gregory


The men who were bound by the attackers managed to free themselves and alerted the police.

And months earlier, on August 9, 2021, Taylor and other gang members went to a restaurant where they allegedly opened fire hitting 39-year-old Omar Ricketts of Christian Pen, in Gregory Park, before escaping.

The police were summoned and Ricketts was taken to hospital where he died.

Following investigations, Taylor was apprehended during an operation in the parish, yesterday.

He was interviewed and several charges were laid against him.

These are murder (4 counts), assault at common law, unlawful wounding, aiding and abetting, facilitating the commission of an applicable offence by a criminal organization, principal in the first degree, being a participant in a criminal organization, making use of a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a prohibited weapon, arson, unauthorized possession of ammunition and shooting with intent.

Taylor’s court date is being finalised.

The St. Catherine south division police continue to search for the other suspects involved in the incidents.


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