Police have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated burglary after a woman was attacked in a West Bay Road condo Thursday morning.
The offence was reported to the 911 Emergency Communications Centre around 3.50am Thursday and the suspect was arrested soon after a police pursuit on Seven Mile Beach.
Operators received a call from a man reporting that a woman had been attacked at Lacovia Condos. The man was a friend of the victim staying in another room in the condo. He said the victim had woken to find a man talking to her and holding a knife. He said the offender had threatened to assault her but her 8-year-old daughter, who was also in the room, screamed and the offender ran from the building.
The victim suffered a laceration to her arm during the incident.
Police responded to the scene, carried out an area search and located a suspect on Seven Mile Beach. After seeing police, the man ran into the sea to try and evade the officers.
The Maine Unit was deployed and Tornado patrol boat responded to the location.
The man’s actions were monitored by officers on land and sea and he was soon arrested by the Marine Unit. He was brought to shore and is now in police custody.
Assistance is being offered to the victim, who is a visitor to Grand Cayman from the United States.
“This was clearly a terrifying experience for the victim, her daughter and her friends who are traveling with her,” said Police Commissioner David Baines.
Police are looking into the possibility that this incident could be connected to an aggravated burglary which occurred early Tuesday morning at a beach house on Boggy Sands Road.
In that incident, a 26-year-old woman was held at gunpoint by a man who entered the home she was staying in through an unlocked door. The woman eventually got away when the suspect got distracted attempting to take her out of the home.
“We cannot immediately connect the two incidents, however, we will be keeping an open mind and following all lines of enquiry and that includes looking to see if there are any links between the two,” said Mr Baines.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Detective Sergeant Dwayne Jones of George Town CID on 525-6494 or 949-4222. People can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 800 8477 (TIPS).