KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Armed men seized a chartered bus containing
seven U.S. travelers and robbed them, forcing the passengers to
hand over about $23,000 in cash, jewelry and other possessions.
The December attack occurred as the group was en route from the
airport in Kingston to the funeral of a relative.
Four suspects have been arrested in the attack, including the
bus driver and a female companion, who, the police believe,
arranged the attack.
According to reports from the Kingston police department, the
group hired the minibus, which was not licensed in Jamaica to offer
transfers, and was being driven to their location when a car forced
the bus off the road.
The robbers ordered the driver and a passenger off the bus and
robbed the remaining passengers at gunpoint, said a spokeswoman at
the Kingston police department.
According to police, most of the stolen items have been
recovered. There were no reports of injury.
The Jamaica Tourist Board was unavailable for comment.