Hotel robbery suspect laid in wait

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. 


  1. Oh what, oh what is Cayman coming to? The force in crimes has escalated at an alarming rate here – please may this Caribbean Island not go the way of many others where visitors are hesitant to come ashore due to violent crime..!

  2. Man in a colored shirt, and pants, with a patch that says security on it. Who can do no more than the average citizen, and is armed with nothing but a flash light. Foils the robber. But if had gotten killed it would be a ‘shoulder shrug’ and an ‘oh well’.

    Now if you want to call him a security guard/officer. You have to arm him with a gun first.

    Calling someone with a sewn on patch with the words security guard on it, is no more of a security guard than my aunt mable.

    But of course. Can’t give ‘security guards’ guns, now can we.

  3. Sorry mate, no armed police, no armed guards.

    Its almost as if because firearms have only been used mainly as tools of intimidation in robberies, the authorities are counting on the good graces of the armed robber.

    ‘Pleaseeee, Mr. Armed Robber, we’re depending on your upstanding character as a good citizen to not shoot these poor, unarmed, innocent, frightened people that you are now robbing’ !

    Armed police and security guards alone will not solve the problem but the armed robber certainly has the advantage at the moment, doesn’t he ?

    What does the Beach Suites manager knows that no one else does ?

    If the 7-Mile Beach is allowed armed security guards, as he implies, what about the rest of the vulnerable areas of the Cayman Islands where armed robbers are now running havoc ?

    What a mess!!

  4. The recent robbery at Grand Cayman Beach Suites shows the danger that is now obvious in the Cayman Islands. Crime has escalated over the last two years to levels that threaten the foundations of the island and the community. Murders and violence in Cayman are out of control, and the murder rate per capita in Cayman is higher than in any major city in the United States. But the argument has always been that violent crimes are contained away from tourists, and that tourists who visit Cayman are safe.

    The robbery attempt at a major hotel shows that this is no longer the case. Tourists can no longer walk freely down the streets without fear. In fact, they cannot walk through the lobby of their hotel without fear. Crime is literally upon their doorstep.

    The question that needs to be asked by everyone in Cayman is, "what is the government doing to stop crime?" Tourism is one of the cornerstones of the Cayman economy, and it is essential to the survival of Cayman. On an island as small as Cayman, there is no excuse for the government’s failure to control the problem. Government’s ultimate responsibility is to keep its citizens safe, and it is clear that right now the government is failing at this task.

    Tourists, and expat workers, have many options regarding where to visit and where to spend their money. Why would a tourist want to come to Cayman when armed robbers are holding up their hotel? Why will expatriate workers want to come to (or stay in) Cayman when murder and crime is uncontrolled?

    Government needs to step up and address this problem immediately, and they need to communicate with the public regarding how they plan to solve this problem.

  5. I have been going to Grand Cayman for the last 4 years. It is my number one choice when traveling. However, I have had to choose a safer island to go to this year…and this news story shows me that I choose wisely.

  6. Seem there’s a war going on there and the law has lost, past history in the US shows that in the Wild Wild West it wan’t the law that controlled thugs it was the the Mob, maybe if Cayman is lucky the Mafia will come in take over and do the Job that the law couldn’t do, after all you can’t blame the cayman cops for being afraid of these guys when all they get to do is bring a flashlight to a gun fignt.

  7. Yet another very worrying news item from GC; we are increasingly anxious about our safety as tourists on what was such a lovely, sleepy little island.
    What are the Police doing???
    I stress AGAIN – urgent action is required before ‘regular’ vistors such as ourselves decide to take our well-earned holidays elsewhere.

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