A would-be robbery suspect fired a shot in an attempted hold up of the Grand Cayman Beach Suites late Monday night, but he did not get away with anything, according to the hotel’s general manager.
Police said late Tuesday that the man apparently laid in wait outside a hotel office prior to his attempted entry.
“We believe that the gunman had been waiting in the
immediate area for a period of time prior to the attack,” said Royal Cayman
Islands Police Inspector Collins Oremule. “I would ask diners who were at
Hemmingway’s or persons who frequented Bamboo or Grand Cayman Beach Suites
between 10pm and 11.30pm Monday night to contact the police. They may have
information which would be relevant to the enquiry.”
According to Beach Suites General Manager Bill Powers, a man attempted to rob the hotel around 11pm.
“There was a lone gunman and a shot was fired at the hotel security guard,” Mr. Powers said.
The incident occurred inside the hotel, but Mr. Powers was reluctant to say where – citing security concerns.
“We regard the area (where the attempted robbery occurred) as the back of the house,” he said. “This is not an area that would be frequented by hotel guests.”
Police said the security guard suffered a minor knee injury from the gunshot, but he did not require medical attention. There was no immediate word on any arrests.
According to the police report, the guard and two other members of staff were within an office at the Grand Cayman Beach Suites on Seven Mile Beach. As the guard left the room, police said he was suddenly confronted by a masked man armed with a handgun.
The would-be robber demanded cash, pushed the guard back inside the room and discharged a shot, police said. The guard quickly slammed the door, locking the suspect outside.
RCIPS officers credited the guard with foiling the robbery.
“We are treating this as an attempted robbery,” said RCIPS Detective Inspector Collins Oremule. “The guard was lucky to escape with such minor injuries and there is no doubt that his quick thinking prevented this incident escalating. The suspect showed no
hesitation in firing off a shot –we could have so easily been dealing with a murder this (Tuesday) morning.”
“The suspect is described as being in his mid- twenties. He has a dark complexion and is around 5 feet in height. He was wearing long blue jean pants, a blue short sleeved shirt and his face was covered with a ski mask.”
“It’s troubling of course; it’s an event that hits in the heart of Seven Mile Beach,” Mr. Powers said. “I hope that some action is taken by police.”
Mr. Powers said, following a spate of business robberies earlier this year, the Beach Suites had already taken steps to boost the hotel security.
Now, he said further measures – including the addition of armed guards and more security cameras – would be looked at.
A CCTV camera was operating in the area of the hotel where the attempted robbery occurred, but Mr. Powers said the suspect did not appear in the area covered by the camera.
Also, Mr. Powers said the attempted heist occurred “after the hotel receipts of the day” had been collected.