Beach attacks raise concern

    Seven robberies reported in New Year

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    Cayman’s latest robbery, of a vacationing couple in a remote and peaceful area of East End, is the seventh to occur since the start of the year.

    Monday’s incident was also the second attack on a beach visitor to be reported since the beginning of 2011.

    “This is a very remote location and it’s extremely unusual for an incident like this to take place in the area,” said Royal Cayman Islands Police Sergeant Dwayne Jones of Monday’s attack.

    Around noon Monday, RCIPS investigators said a man and woman parked their rental car on a pathway off the Queens Highway next to Bare Foot Beach.

    A short time later police said the couple was suddenly confronted by three men. All three had their faces covered by T-shirts and two were armed; one with a baseball bat and another with a knuckleduster.

    Police said one of the robbers grabbed the male tourist, placed him in a headlock and demanded cash. The victims them handed over a wallet containing a small sum of cash.

    As the suspects were leaving the scene, RCIPS investigators said the men smashed the window of the couple’s rental car with the baseball bat and stole a camera.

    The man and woman were not injured in the incident – but police said they were left shaken by the ordeal.

    The suspects were described as follows: the first man approximately 17 years old, 5 feet 7” with a dark complexion wearing a dark blue NBA jersey; the second suspect was described as about 5 feet 10”, he was wearing short pants and carried the baseball bat; the last suspect was about 6’ and approximately 165 pounds, wearing a white shirt and short pants.

    The RCIPS has ordered additional patrols in the area following the incident.

    The man who was assaulted and robbed left his own account of the events Monday on an international snorkelling guide website.

    “We have the beach to ourselves,” the man wrote on ‘Testudo’s Snorkel Guide. “Soon afterwards a group of three young men came down the path and walked towards us.

    “We said hello and the next thing we knew the three of them surround us and one placed me in a headlock. [He said:] ‘This is a stick-up.’ I’m thinking ‘what the hell is going on here?’ Then I see a pair of brass knuckles and another robber brandishes a mini-aluminium baseball bat. ‘Give us your money!’ Now it sinks in, ‘Holy [expletive], we’re getting robbed.’”

    The man said the couple ended up losing about $20 and that the windshield of their rental car was smashed.

    He also thanked the Reef Resort staff and the RCIPS for their quick and thorough response to the incident.

    “I felt like we were in an episode of CSI,” he quipped.

    “Although the location is out of the way, it is entirely possible that someone travelling on Queens Highway saw the suspects either before or after the incident,” Sergeant Jones said. “If anyone has information that could assist the enquiry they should call Bodden Town CID on 947-2220 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).”

    Second attack

    Although what actually occurred has never been made public, a young American visitor has claimed in the US press that he was stabbed in what he took for a robbery attempt on 19 January along Seven Mile Beach.

    “I went around the side [of the bar] to try and call my girlfriend,” Brian Andrews told Phoenix14 News. “There were these guys there, one of them approaches me and it was literally just a normal conversation. Next thing I know, he’s lunging at me and it was really dark. I immediately spun around and I ran away. I looked down and realised I’m bleeding.”

    The Cayman Islands press has never reported the incident as a robbery, nor have police confirmed it as such.

    According to brief accounts of the incident, police said the 21-year-old man was assaulted on the beach near Calico Jack’s bar and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Calico’s owner Handel Whittaker said he was uncertain if the man had been attending the bar’s Full Moon Party that night simply because there were so many people around. However, he said the assault victim did run to the bar for assistance after being attacked.

    “We believe the individual walked down the beach and there were some guys down there…he must have put up a fight and they stabbed him,” Mr. Whittaker said. “This did not happen at Calico Jack’s, we take every step to keep our patrons safe and sound.”

    However, Mr. Whittaker also noted that the incident is a major concern for everyone in the country’s tourism business.

    “This is ridiculous,” he said. “It’s very concerning to us.”

    Mr. Andrews, 21, is a junior at Elon University in North Carolina where he was named a Dean’s list honouree for academic achievement in January. He was visiting Cayman as part of a study abroad group from the college.

    Robberies

    Without counting the 19 January incident on Seven Mile Beach as a robbery, there have been seven heists reported since 1 January on Grand Cayman.

    Those included Monday’s beach robbery in East End and a 1 February armed hold up at Timbuctuu diner in West Bay. It was unclear whether any money was taken in a 3 February incident where armed men entered the MoneyGram store in Meringue Town plaza, so that incident was not added to the total by the Caymanian Compass.

    Similarly, a reported armed robbery on 15 January at the Reggae Money Express store in Elizabethan Square was later alleged in court to be a planned theft and so was not counted in the final total.

    On 27 January, Joe-Ena’s liquor store in West Bay was robbed and there were initial reports that a shot was fired, but police never confirmed that actually happened.

    Four other robberies occurred last week within five days of one another. Those involved Gino’s Pizza shop on West Bay Road, the Timbuctuu diner, a hold up of a laundromat worker in George Town as she left her job and the robbery of a Bodden Town convenience store where a clerk was assaulted.

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    The rental vehicle that was damaged on Bare Foot Beach Monday. – Photo: Testudo’s Snorkel Guide

    1 COMMENT

    1. One victimized vacationer equals 1000 lost bookings to Grand Cayman.

      It is all our responsibility to bring these individuals to justice.

      Help the RCIP do their job!

    2. THE RCIP need to stop these guys before they commit these crimes…. i am sure they know who the thugs r in Cayman… it is a small country… Maybe we need some more aggressive patrols. The tourism industry gonna suffer real bad for 2012 if this keeps going on…
      time will tell………..

    3. The apparent organized crime in the Cayman Islands understated and referred to by RCIP Commissioner as gang wars and gang activity; is none other than local and other foreign criminal agents and operators that have emerged as strong, out of control and undefeated between 2005 and 2011. This loose association of criminal groups, gangs or syndicates share an apparent well organized structure behavioral pattern. These criminal groups known as the most feared usually in a small town, village, society or territory I which it operates its racketeering. Statistics show that this breed of home grown, local and international organized criminals have primary activity which is protection racketeering and they are involved in firearms trafficking, counterfeiting, drug trafficking, fraud loan sharking, money laundering, political corruption, and rum running. All of the above these criminals are involved with has already been accomplished by the Mafia or Mafiosa.
      The Cayman Islands r governor, the premier and Cabinet has recently announced their fresh look at deterring crime in this region of an Island that time once forgot. A place that was once innocent where the natives slept with their doors and windows open undisturbed and safe as can be. But time has changed all that.
      Off shoots of the criminal activity has now emerged in the Cayman Islands in the latter part of this last decade following waves of reckless emigration policies, generous immigration policies because of greed for more and more money raked in by high work permit fees, and the neglect of providing education for Caymans youth. Gang member is also employed to name criminal organizers operating under a similar structure, whether Caymanian by birth, Caymanian by Status grant as well as foreign organized crime groups including guest workers on an expensive work permit .
      Caymanians obviously object to organized crime in general: While there was a time when people were reluctant to acknowledge organized criminal activity, nowadays Caymanians have gone so far in the opposite direction that it has become an overused term and no solutions to the problem.
      We must no longer be willing to accept the habit of speaking of the Cayman criminal activity in descriptive and all-inclusive terms that make it possible to stack up phenomena that are indeed showing all signs related to the field of organized crime and then deny that it exists.
      The genesis of home grown criminals partnering with foreign criminal should not be hard to trace because criminals are very secretive However, it is widely believed that its deadliest seeds were planted in the 2003 Status grants population surge,a transition out of foreign sleeper criminals and their ability to easily assimilate into the criminal elements of Caymans local communities.
      . The result has been a huge increase in crime from 2003 to 2011. There must be a deportation plan put in place for those using status grant as a license to commit crimes and life sentences for those who are determined to continue committing crimes who are citizens by birth. We must rid our society of these detriments to our financial and tourist industry that is in jeopardy because of criminal activity in this region..
      The nobles such as the Governor and the premier of the Cayman Islands also released their frustrations and words of reform to stop crime with 0 tolerance policies. It is without question that the state must take over the task of law enforcement, which has also put at risk the Cayman Islands national security. However, the authorities seem to not be capable of properly enforcing the law to put these criminals away, largely due to their inexperience with this new and high level crimes Lack of manpower was not also a problem, but the quality of manpower is a huge problem.
      If the surge in high crime in the Cayman Islands is to be resolved, then it is hereby recommended that the Cayman Islands leadership in their desperation for peace, do something they have never done before. Millions of dollars have been wasted on consultants that have no relevance to the countrys needs, only political wants. Its time to pay someone with the caliber of Mr. Rudy Guliani at least 1 million dollars to clean up Cayman of its criminals and give the country back to its people put their money where their mouth is and hire RUDY JULIANI, former Mayor of the city of New York, A businessman, American Italian Lawyer and politician from New York. He served two terms as Mayor of New York from 1994 to 2001.
      A Democrat and Independent in the 1970s, and a Republican since the 1980s, Giuliani served in the United States attorneys Office for the Southern district of New York. He prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including ones against organized crime and Wall Street financiers..
      It is GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE THAT Rudy Giuliani was credited with initiating improvements and with a reduction in organized crime pressing the city of New Yorks quality of life initiatives. He gained notoriety and attention for his leadership, during and after 9/11 and received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.
      What better qualified individual worthy of 1million dollars to cleanup crime in a world Leading Financial center and tourism destination like the Cayman Islands.
      I recommend that if the premier and Governor Duncan Taylor are serious about fighting crime that they make Mr. Guliani an offer he cant refuse.
      We want our country back. .

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    4. Earlier i wrote about teaching your children that prison is no good ..and to show them prisoners in a cage in the middle of a roundabout…I read later in the day on yahoo news about 1 man and his teaching.. Ex-convict Michael TaBon is back in a prison of his own making. Literally.

      TaBon, who served nearly a decade behind bars for armed robbery, says divine inspiration has led him to preach a gospel of nonviolence from a homemade, outdoor jail cell in Philadelphia.

      He has been living in the cell since Feb. 1 and plans to stay there throughout the month of February.

      Instead of the young bucks going to jail to find out for themselves, Im bringing the jail to the young bucks, TaBon said.

      The gray structure, which took about 30 hours to build, is made of plywood and wallboard and sits in a vacant lot in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. The cell has some furnishings