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Hunt on for murder suspect

Published: 
Friday, March 16, 2018
Anthony Mathison hopes his relative does not commit suicide as his name is being called in the quadruple murder at his home in Gonzales Village, Guapo on Tuesday. PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH

The family of the lone suspect wanted for the murders of Abigail Jones-Chapman, her daughter Olivia Chapman, landlord Michael Scott and friend Michaela Mason, is hoping that he is caught alive.

Up the yesterday, the suspect, whose alias was “Snake Man,” had not been found by police. Relatives believe he may be hiding in East Trinidad.

Homicide and National Security Ministry investigators visited the suspect’s family in Gonzales Village, Guapo yesterday as they continued their search.

Anthony Mathison said while he heard that his relative was responsible for the murders, he couldn’t say what happened or why.

Mathison said the suspect’s mother fell ill almost immediately after learning of Tuesday’s murders and his alleged involvement. When the T&T Guardian visited the home, officers of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region Three, were taking a statement from the suspect’s mother.

“She is just taking it on, worrying up herself. She has a goitre and she is worried. I am too, I am worried and shocked by it. I was not expecting this so I don’t know I can’t say. Since he left here, I have not heard anything from him. We are not getting in contact with him and his phone is off so it has to be something, but only God knows what,” Mathison said.

He said the suspect only came to the family home on occasions as he was staying with Jones-Chapman’s apartment at Khani Settlement, Sobo Village, La Brea.

He said the suspect was a mason but last worked as a security officer. He confirmed to the officers that they had family in Lopinot and Arima, along Pinto Road, Demerara Road and Jacob Hill.

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