Police have confirmed that they have former journalist Junior Jarvis in custody in connection with the Valentine’s Day shooting death of a man in Arnos Vale.
iWitness News was reliably informed that Junior Jarvis, a former senior reporter at Searchlight newspaper, has been taken into custody as police investigate Tuesday’s murder of Randy Lawrence of Colonairie.
Lawrence, an employee of Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, died in hospital, where he was taken after being shot about the body near Chill Spot Bar & Grill in Arnos Vale around 8:10 a.m.
A senior police officer, who asked not to be named in this report, said that police had initially received report that a woman was also being held hostage.
The officer, however, said that the woman has been accounted for.
The killing is the first in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for 2017 and ends a six-week stretch without any homicides — after a year in which a record 40 persons were killed.
The killing also took place on a day when the nation is celebrating the historic opening of Argyle International Airport.
Jarvis left the media and Searchlight newspaper more than a year ago and was doing public relations for a number of business places across the country.
He was also a former television personality and a former host of Guinness Power Jams.