Houseguest held at gunpoint

A break-in early this morning at a West Bay beach house owned by prominent real estate broker Kim Lund is being investigated by police.

Mr. Lund and his wife Ashleigh own the property on Boggy Sand Road but do not live there full time and said they use it as a vacation retreat.

However, Mr. Lund said one of his domestic helpers and her friend were staying there for a few days while looking for a new apartment.

A large, dark-skinned man entered around 4am Tuesday through an unlocked door, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

‘She didn’t know him, he was an intruder,’ Mrs. Lund said. ‘He said he was going to blow her head off.’

The woman told police the man was holding a gun in his hand which was wrapped in a towel. The suspect attempted to take the 26-year-old domestic helper outside with him, and was distracted when he saw the other woman sleeping in her bed, according to Mr. Lund.

The woman ran outside the house and crossed Boggy Sand Road to a neighbouring home and started pounding on doors, yelling for help. At that point, some flood lights came on and the suspect ran away.

Mr. Lund said he was shocked by the incident, and was glad the 26-year-old domestic helper escaped with only minor injuries.

‘He said he was going to kill her quickly and for her to do exactly as he said,’ Mr. Lund said. ‘She was convinced he was going to rape her as well.’

‘This was a hugely traumatic experience for the victim and we are making sure that counselling is available should she want it,’ RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell.

According to Mr. Lund, a pair of West Bay police officers arrived in the area where the break-in occurred almost immediately.

However, he said they were ordered to wait until an armed unit arrived from George Town police station. In general, police officers in the Cayman Islands are not allowed to carry firearms. Specialised officers from the Uniform Support Group are called in to respond to firearms-related incidents.

‘We’ve got the criminals that are armed and the police that aren’t,’ Mr. Lund said. ‘These first two officers were so close they probably could have caught this guy right away.’

Mr. Lund said he did not wish his comments to be taken as a criticism of the RCIPS in general. He said all officers who responded to the crime scene acted in an absolutely professional and courteous manner.

‘They made me proud,’ he said. ‘We need more of them.’

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call RCIPS Detective Sergeant Colin Oremule at West Police Criminal Investigations Department, 949-3999.

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