US sailor attacked in George Town

 An American sailor suffered head
injuries in an attempted robbery in the early morning hours of Tuesday in
George Town.

Police said the 21-year-old man,
who is visiting Cayman, was walking in North Church Street with a friend around
2:10am when a man who jumped out from a side street near Burger King.

The victim fell to the ground after
the attacker struck him on the face and demanded cash.

The victim’s friend yelled at the
assailant who then jumped into a dark coloured Jeep Cherokee and sped off.

Police said the Jeep had a
quincentennial license plate and that the suspect was wearing a white t-shirt
and dark jeans.

The victim was taken to the Cayman
Islands Hospital where he was detained overnight for treatment to his injuries.
He was later discharged.

Detective Constable Dave Morrison,
of George Town CID, is appealing for anyone who may have been in the area and
witnessed the attack, or the Jeep fleeing the scene, to come forward.

Anyone with information should call
George Town police station on 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).


  1. I’ve been reading the Cayman Compass for years now and it’s just dawned on me that Cayman is no longer that safe haven it used to be.

    I’ll be vacationing in Antigua this year instead..What a shame.

  2. Seems to me like now is a good time to sell Cayman Airways. As soon as news like this reaches the international media we wont have to worry about counting overnight arrivals!!!!

  3. How unfortunate for the GOOD people of Cayman to let a few “punks” ruin it for everyone else. My family have been vacationing in Cayman for over 20 years. We will be cancelling our upcoming trip in which we were bring over 20 people with us on this trip. I hope everyone will do the same and MAYBE THEN WHOMEVER IS IN CHARGE WILL WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHING. If I was in charge of the country I would go door to door and check for these guys with their guns and knives and put them in jail for a looooong time!

  4. This latest crime is most unfortunate, but sadly what appears to be a growing trend. My family truly enjoyed the Grand Cayman several years ago while doing our annual winter “island hopping”. We fell in love with the people and the island but reading what’s been happening the past couple of years has been horrific. It all seemed to start with that poor woman who was murdered and then set on fire in her car last year and has become worse as time moved on. I would hope that the US ambassador/consulate would send a strong message of disappointment to the Cayman government over this incident. I sincerely hope the government has the determination and resources to break this senseless pattern of violence. Sadly, until then, my family and I will not be returning any time soon.

  5. Its time for all these fat cat in cayman government get off their rump do something now.Reach out to these unfortunate youth in Cayman.Crime can’t be swept under the rug anymore.The country is in a bad shape, you cant afford to lose tourist now.

  6. What a shame.A down right disgrace. Can you imaging the us is an ally of ours, and the only welcome given to this sailor was to hit him in the head? what kind of message are we sending the tourists?

    i do question whether the sailor whoever he may be was he properly trained in the military to sense when he is about to be attacked from behind. Its a part of training for the military.

  7. It is mystery to me why it is so hard to find these people; this country is so tiny, go door to door as suggested. How hard it is to find a Jeep Cherokee? Desperate time require desperate measures. It is so easy to lose reputation and it will take years, even decades to restore it. When we travel, safety comes first. I do not go to Mexico because of crime, and nothing will change my mind about it.

  8. As a Caymanian I’m shocked and deeply saddened by the state of affairs that my country is in and the seeming lack of control that our police department has. This does not mean however that I’m not hopeful nor am I giving up and throwing this country to these ‘dogs’ that are trying to terrorize us and I give my complete support to our police force and our elected officals, they need our help to turn this all around.
    I’d also like to add to the visitors that have left negative comments on this article that if you think Cayman is an unsafe destination then perhaps you should visit such places as Kingston Jamacia or Freeport in the Bahmamas where the only resorts that are safe lock you on a compound and do not suggest that guests leave the compound for fear of their lives. Don’t make assumptions of this country by the headlines of one newspaper and if you do then perhaps a visit to Disney World or Six Flags would be a better fit for you.
    The world is in a precarious state, not just Cayman, and to judge this country by the actions of a few is smallminded and ignorant.

  9. I am a property owner in Cayman and work for a Sheriff department in Texas. My county is twice the size of Cayman, has 4 times as many inhabitants, not including the cows, and has a murder and assault rate 1/10th that of Cayman. For the simple reason that the we the police, prosecutors and Judges do not see crime the way you do.

    From the outside it seems easy to point fingers at the police but really it is the philosophy that the Cayman police use, along with the lack of harsh penalties and swift justice, that allow this to fester in Cayman. I watch as soon as an incident happens the police wait for the scene to clear and then attempt to talk to the victims. Chase is made, roads are shut down, and someone is caught. Why not do this before the incident. Track the traffic at random times. Keep the criminals guessing when you are going to show up. Do not be so predictable.

    Then there is slow justice and light sentences. When the friends of the criminal see the light response and believe that “Crime Pays” you now have another criminal is spawned.

    Years ago we went to community policing in the US. In my opinion it was great lip service but a complete failure. No department does this anymore because it does not work. Those in the community that know of the crimes do not talk to those who don’t. And those who don’t are the Police. Instead we went back to, with aggression, interdiction. We stationed our patrols in areas where we knew the criminals were, made legal traffic stops for identification of the people in the area, and then kept track of them. We put uniformed police in areas where we were sure that the criminals expected sanctuary and investigated suspicious activity. All in all we made it really uncomfortable to be a criminal.

    This works.

    And we also carry guns as police. I know this is a touchy subject in the Caymans. But you really have to admit by allowing the guns to arrive through lax border enforcement you are sort of stuck. The criminals who take pot shots at Police in downtown Georgetown are doing that because they know you don’t shoot back. They also know that you will not catch them because those who may know who did it are either afraid of them or with them. Don’t kid yourself, this was a gang initiative, we now have that to contend with.

    In Texas we have a right to arm our citizens that goes back to our distrust of government under the Kings. Most, if not all, homes in my county have a weapon in them. Our burglary rate, especially the dangerous night time rate, is again 1/100th your rate. Why? For two reasons, first the criminal knows that he will be met by a sleepy armed homeowner, second our laws require jail time for burglary. And if the assailant is armed he is looking at 20 to life minimum.

    I respect Cayman, I respect Cayman’s laws, I respect Cayman’s Police. I love seeing unarmed Police with law abiding citizens and guest. But I think we are past that stage. Short of arming the Police I would like to see more of them in areas where the criminal element rests his head rather than more criminals in the area where I rest mine.


  10. A response to the poster decrying the “negative comments” that the “Cayman is an unsafe destination”:
    As I’ve stated before, this is a sad state of affairs and I truly believe these crimes are in no way indicative of the demeanor of its residents; however, violent crime against citizens and now foreigners has become too frequent. My confidence in the Grand Cayman as a safe destination has been shaken. I’m sorry, but to claim the Grand Cayman is safe by comparing it to Jamaica or the Bahamas is twisted logic. Simply put, we choose to visit the Grand Cayman because it is NOT the aforementioned destinations. Also, the free press (Cayman Compass)should not be criticized for reporting these unsettling incidents, this is akin to “shooting the messenger” instead of dealing with the root causes. To suggest we (tourists) visit “Disney World” or “Six Flags” as a solution to this problem is again twisted logic. I certainly hope this not the way the Caymanian tourism officials feel. Finally, I wish the authorities and the residents all the best as they attempt to bring the guilty to justice and address the ills that cause these incidents.

  11. Hey Caymanians-where is your country pride now? Maybe you should stop focusing on how rich you can get, or how many boats you have and start focusing on how many bullets are flying in your streets. Wake up or you will be a mini Jamaica in no time. America is watching and listening to the news and we are taking our dollars elsewhere.