A Jamaican man, with ties to Trinidad and Tobago, has been arrested and charged with murdering four people during a bloody gun battle in a Los Angeles.
Marlon Jones was wanted in connection with the early-morning shootout that occurred on October 15, 2016, in a home being used as a restaurant. In addition to the murders, 10 individuals were wounded. Jones was held on December 2 after FBI offered a US $100,000 reward for him.
“It appears Jones was part of an East Coast Jamaican criminal group involved in the illegal distribution of marijuana, and his crew was in Los Angeles trying to settle a dispute with a rival Jamaican crew,” said Special Agent Scott Garriola, a member of the FBI’s Los Angeles Fugitives Task Force.
Because the crime happened so recently, Garriola said, “it is still very early in the investigation. We are not sure if the crews were business associates or if their dispute was over territory.”
There are also unanswered questions about Jones himself, who is believed to have been born in Jamaica and has a long criminal record in which he has used multiple names and dates of birth.
He added, “We’re calling him Marlon Jones based on his criminal history in New York, but at this point it’s anyone’s guess what his actual birth name is. We don’t believe he is a U.S. citizen.”
Investigators know that he has ties to several Trinidad and Tobago nationals in Los Angeles and may have travelled to Trinidad in recent times.
Here is the information investigators currently have about Jones:
- He has an extensive and violent criminal record, including arrests for manslaughter, use of a deadly weapon during a burglary, and felony possession of marijuana.
- He uses multiple aliases and dates of birth. He has been charged with crimes in New Jersey under the name of Rasheen Brantley and has served time in New York state under than name of Floyd Evans. Other aliases include Anthony Howard, Anthony Winter, and variations on those names. Dates of birth include birth years ranging from 1970 to 1981.
- Jones is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
He has strong ties to New York and New Jersey, and also has connections in Connecticut, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands, and Jamaica.