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Antigua: Man wanted for double murders captured


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Calvin “Burger” James

(CMC) –Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin has praised law enforcement officials after a 53-year-old man wanted in connection with the murders of two people three months ago had been recaptured.

Police said Calvin “Burger” James, who reportedly killed his niece Tahisha Thomas and her sister-in-law Sanchezca Charles, while he shot his nephew Laurence James in the face last October, had been captured on Sunday.

Late last year, the police had offered an EC$25,000 (one EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) reward for information leading to the capture of James, whom they described at the time as armed and dangerous.

Benjamin said that the police, acting on the information, had been able to capture James in a plan “executed professionally and successfully,” adding “he is safely in police custody”.

James had been on the run after he allegedly committed the crime on October 6 when he is reported to have invaded his relatives’ home in Donovans.

Thomas, who died in hospital while in surgery at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, was shot once as she tried to flee from her gun-toting uncle. While, Charles, who died on the scene, was shot three times at close range. James was shot to the right side of his face.

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