Desperate to apprehend those responsible for the 21 August killing of Marlon Brando Ebanks, Cayman Crime Stoppers is now offering up to a US$12,500 reward for information leading to the capture of the suspect or suspects involved.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is still searching for two men spotted on a bicycle near the crime scene just before Mr. Ebanks was gunned down in the yard of his home on Boatswain Bay Road.
The suspect was also seen riding away on a bicycle, but at this point investigators said they are seeking the two men only as witnesses.
‘I’ve got no evidence to suggest the two people on the bike are the same (as the murder suspect),’ said RCIPS Chief Inspector Peter Kennett.
Mr. Kennett said the vast majority of the police enquiries into the killing have been in West Bay district, and noted very few have drifted south even into George Town, much less another Caribbean island.
‘If I was a gambling man, I’d say, yes, they’re (the suspect or suspects) are still on island,’ he said.
The Crime Stoppers reward is offered only for information which RCIPS and the Crime Stoppers board of directors determines to have produced a positive result in the case.
‘In a perfect world, one person would call in and say it was this individual,’ said Stuart Bostock of Cayman Crime Stoppers. ‘That person would be arrested, convicted and we would pay the full amount.’
In reality, Mr. Bostock said the reward money would more likely be split among numerous callers if all had offered valuable information in the case. He said only those who called the Crime Stoppers tip line would be eligible for the reward.
Calls to the Crime Stoppers toll-free hotline (800-8477) are answered at the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers call centre in Florida. Mr. Bostock said trained operators take the information and, where appropriate, ask a few questions about the case.
The person calling is given a reference number and is not asked for their identification. The information Crime Stoppers obtains is then passed along to an RCIPS law enforcement coordinator, who then sends information to detectives.
Crime Stoppers and seven local companies have combined to contribute reward money for tips in Mr. Ebanks’ killing.
US $12,500 is not the largest reward ever offered by Cayman Crime Stoppers. In 1999, a $25,000 reward was put out for information in the shooting death of a security guard outside what was then the Bank of Nova Scotia in George Town.
Mr. Bostock said generally $1,000 was offered for Crime Stoppers tips, but in most cases, he said callers to the tip line do not seek to claim their rewards.