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A 42-year-old man found himself behind bars this morning, facing charges of attempted murder, unlawful wounding, and unlawful confinement.
The incident transpired on October 29 at around 9 p.m. when Deron Campbell, a Jamaican national, reportedly confronted his 47-year-old employer, Ovid Lewis, at Lewis’s residence in Ferris Farm.
A heated conversation between the two men quickly spiralled into a physical altercation, during which Ovid was stabbed. Ovid’s son, 21-year-old T-Shawn Lewis, also reportedly suffered injuries during the altercation.
Following the violence, Campbell allegedly took Ovid’s wife and 8-year-old daughter hostage, brandishing a knife.
According to reports, the defendant barricaded himself in the bathroom with the hostages.
Police officers reportedly initiated negotiations with the assailant to ensure the safety of the hostages.
It reportedly took hours before the accused released the first hostage: the child.
A few more hours later, in the early morning hours, he finally gave himself in and let go of the final hostage.
Campbell appeared in court this morning charged with the attempted murder of Ovid, the unlawful wounding of T-Shawn, and unlawful confinement of Ovid’s wife and daughter.
He was remanded pending his next court hearing on January 10.