Following his arrest on November 2 in relation to the murder of Aneka “Slickianna” Townsend, Rushawn Patterson has been formally charged with the social media personality’s murder on Friday.
According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Patterson picked up Townsend in Montego Bay on Thursday, October 20, at around 7:30 p.m. After visiting a restaurant in Hanover and a guest house in St. James, an argument developed between the pair during the night, which reportedly resulted in Patterson strangling Townsend and then disposing of her remains. The JCF disclosed that 47-year-old Rohan Rose, also known as Early B, who is employed as a security guard, has been charged in relation to Townsend’s murder with misprision of a felony, which consists of failing to report knowledge of a felony to the appropriate authorities.
Townsend’s body was discovered on Friday, October 21, in Reading, St. James, floating in the sea. Patterson was listed as a person of interest the following day and later apprehended by the police at a guesthouse in Hanover after failing to turn himself over to the authorities. Following his initial arrest, Patterson was charged with assault and abduction for a separate incident, which will be mentioned in the Kingston and St. Andrew parish court.
The investigation into Townsend’s death was a collaborative effort between the Area 1 Operational Support Team, the Communication Forensic and Cybercrime Division (CFCD), the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), the Technical Services Division (TSD), the Specialised Operations Branch, JCF, and Jamaica Eye.
Watch Senior Superintendent of Police Vernon Ellis talking on the investigations that led to the arrest and charge of Rushawn Patterson below.