Police in Jamaica have shot down reports that artist Vybz Kartel has escaped from a prison, where he is being held for two murders.
Reports hit the Internet yesterday, claiming that Vybz, born Adijah Palmer, had made a daring escape from the New Verizon Adult Remand Centre.
According to the rumor, Vybz and seven other inmates held guards hostages, stole their uniforms, fled in a vehicle belonging to police and left one dead and 12 injured in the prison break.
Jamaica’s Assistant Police Commissioner denied the reports.
“I know nothing about that. If that had taken place I would would certainly have known,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green told the Jamaica Observer.
Police told the paper that the rumor may have been the work of Vybz’ cronies, who could be attempting to keep his name in the headlines.
Vybz Kartel is being without bail, for his role in at least two murders.
He is also charged with conspiracy to murder, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of ganja charges.