Royal Cayman Islands Police were kept busy Monday night as two major crime scenes unfolded within hours of each other on opposite ends of Grand Cayman.
The first involved the abduction of a 29-year-old woman in West Bay, a case that bears at least some general similarity to the October disappearance of Cable and Wireless Executive Estella Scott-Roberts.
The second was the killing of a well-known radio personality at a home in Savannah, the result of an apparent domestic dispute.
The abduction occurred sometime between 7pm and 8pm Monday outside the Caribbean Bakery in West Bay.
The woman involved went into the store to pick up a few items. When she got back into her vehicle, there was a man armed with a knife inside.
She told police the suspect forced her to drive to Barkers and told her to get out of the car. She ran away immediately after exiting the vehicle and was not injured, at least physically, in the abduction. She was later spotted in the vicinity of Pappagallo restaurant, where witnesses said she appeared to be ‘in a distressed state.’
‘This woman has been exceptionally brave,’ Acting Chief Superintendent Marlon Bodden said. ‘What happened to her must have been terrifying.’
No arrests had been made in the abduction case as of press time. The suspect was described as around six-feet tall of slim build and dark complexion.
The Barkers area is where police found the burned out SUV that held the remains of Mrs. Scott-Roberts in October last year. The C&W communications manager was believed to have been taken from a parking lot near Decker’s Restaurant and driven to a location in the remote West Bay dykes area where police said she was raped and killed and her vehicle set on fire.
Two men have been arrested and charged in her abduction and murder. They have remained in prison since their arrest.
About three hours after the 29-year-old woman was abducted, a homicide occurred in the Savannah area. Police said there was no relation whatsoever between the two cases.
A local radio DJ was involved in a fight overnight at a Savannah-area home, receiving stab wounds that apparently led to his death.
The 42-year-old victim, identified as Sherman A. Bodden, known on-air as ‘DJ Jazzy B’ worked a variety of shows on Vibe 98.9 FM.
Police were on scene at the home on Prince Link in the Savannah Meadows subdivision Tuesday morning where the stabbing occurred. Officers were searching the bush next to the house for the weapon used in the homicide.
A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with Mr. Bodden’s death. The Caymanian Compass is not publishing his identity because no charges have been filed in the case.
RCIPS said the 911 centre got a call around 10.45pm Monday reporting that two men were fighting at the house. Mr. Bodden was taken to hospital where he died from what police described as ‘numerous serious injuries.’
It appeared that the fight was domestic in nature and may have involved a dispute over a woman.
‘It would appear that this is an isolated incident and that these two men were known to each other,’ RCIPS Chief Inspector Peter Kennett said.
The killing is the second to occur in the Cayman Islands in 2009.