Update: Reward offered in shooting of innocent worker

‘Pure evil’

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A Bodden Town gas station employee was shot by a suspected robber Wednesday night, Royal Cayman Islands Police said.  

Medsadie “Meddie” Connor, 57, had just left the Lorna’s Texaco station for the night and walked across the street to get into her car where she was attacked.  

Now Royal Cayman Islands Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the men believed to be involved.

“It is absolutely imperative that we get the men responsible
for this heinous crime off the streets before someone is killed,” Police Commissioner David Baines said Friday. “That’s why we are issuing the reward in the hope that it may just persuade anyone who
has information, but for whatever reason has not yet come forward, to do the
right thing.”

Police and witnesses said the 15-year employee at the petrol station was jumped by a masked suspect who came from behind some bushes, shot the woman and took her handbag.  

“She was shot for … a small amount of cash and, certainly, there was no need for violence,” Mr. Baines said. “This is just senseless, gratuitous … pure evil. There’s no other explanation for it. It was almost as if he got a kick out of inflicting pain, injury and harm.”  

Mrs. Connor was shot in the shoulder and in the knee. At press time Thursday she was still in the hospital, but was expected to survive.  

Gas station owner Osbourne Bodden’s voice shook early Thursday morning as he described the robbery to the Caymanian Compass.  

“He shot her without asking questions, shot her then took her little handbag,” Mr. Bodden said. “Enough is enough. I don’t know who is going to wake up and realise we’re no longer dealing with minor criminals here. 

“We’re getting to the point now where there’s almost no sense saying you can live here and do business here.”  

Mrs. Connor’s shooting is the second incident in the past two weeks that involved an armed, masked man attacking an unsuspecting person, apparently at random, in what Commissioner Baines believes is a disturbing pattern.  

On 29 June, Cayman Islands Brewery worker Kemar Golding, 28, was shot near a jerk chicken stand in Red Bay. Mr. Golding lost his eye in the shooting, but did survive. 

“Cash handling locations such as garages, restaurants, bars and fast food places are being targeted, often at the end of the night when it’s believed there will be a degree of cash to hand,” Mr. Baines said. Indeed, police said suspects may have believed Mrs. Connor had cash takings from the Texaco station with her when she was attacked. She did not. Kemar Golding was emptying a trash bag into a waste container when he was attacked.  

Mr. Baines said there is a degree of planning involved in these types of robberies, but they are largely crimes of opportunity.  

“Quite often it could have been any garage any fast food restaurant … if a person was going past one location and there were too many people, they would go to another place,” Mr. Baines said. “It is a worrying escalation. Shooting a young man in the eye when he has no money or a 57-year-old woman for a small sum of personal cash – is that what Cayman has become? 

“While we cannot definitively link the two incidents, the blasé manner in which people were shot, combined with the time and the modus operandi of the crimes, suggest that they may be linked,” Mr. Baines said.  

Shortly after Mrs. Connor was shot across the street from the Texaco, witnesses spotted a beat up blue or gray Honda leaving the area with two men inside. Police were seeking the vehicle and said officers would be conducting road checks around Grand Cayman over the next few days trying to locate it.  

According to witnesses, the suspect acted alone in the robbery and shooting of Mrs. Connor. However, it was believed a second person was involved – possibly as the get-away driver.  

At least two, possibly three shots were fired at the 57-year-old gas station clerk.  

Mr. Bodden said he could think of no reason why Mrs. Connor would have fought against an armed robbery suspect.  

“Trust me, she’s not going to struggle,” he said. “She just would have given up the bag. We go over this … over and over … at the store. We tell the employees to just let a robber take the money.  

“There was no reason at all to shoot that lady.”  


Police ask anyone who has information in the Bodden Town shooting to call the nearest police station, the RCIPS confidential tip line at 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers at 800-8477. 

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Texaco station owner Osbourne Bodden comforts a relative of Medsadie Connor. Mrs Connor was shot on Wednesday night after she left work. – Photo: Jewel Levy

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  1. This thug is developing a senseless habit, perhaps a serial killers habit if he is not stop and becomes successful in killing people with his firearm.

    All I know, they better catch him fast and incarcerate him, because he is sick – whoever he is!

  2. In my opinion, and please note that it is my own personal opinion. The reason behind these unprovoked shootings is that these guys are sending a clear message to the People of Cayman as well as the law makers that we are in charge now and there’s nothing you can do to stop us. And I have to say that it certainly seems that way, they are committing these crimes shooting and robbing people with absolutely no resistance. To them it must be like take candy from baby, the current laws effectively protect these crooks and insure that they meet no resistance when committing criminal acts such as this, the RCIPS is effective in keeping innocent civilians unarmed and unable to protect themselves while their own officers are just as unarmed and unable to offer any resistance. The push to have people turn in firearms only enhances this situation because only the law abiding people will turn them in, while the outlaws will keep their firearms to use against people they know are not armed. They must be looking at the RCIPS and saying thanks for making our lives easier. The Outlaws are obviously the most well armed individuals on the Island, soon people will be forced to pay them protection or face the consequences. The Mafia effect in its infancy.

    There’s a war going on in Cayman and the people are losing. It certainly seems it’s time to change Generals and put someone in place that knows how and is willing to fight and win this war. When the enemy continually come out of his hiding place to terrorize people, the only answer in to go into their den flush them out and eradicate them , it’s time to meet force with force. Unfortunately the RCIPS is not in the position to do this and neither are the people of Cayman. Until this changes, everyone will have to deal with this unfortunate and distasteful reality.

  3. If you check weeks back. I said this would happen. It’s going to escalate. Because even though the police are saying they caught 60% of the crime. Its’ the 40% that involve SERIOUS crimes. That they are not catching.

    And Dolly…why are you asking what are the police doing?

    They cannot do anything. They aren’t armed.

    What…rcip will disarm them by calling them bad names and shooting them with evil glances.

    Arm the police. what doesn’t every one understand about this.

    My next prediction is. These violent acts are going to start being done during daylight hours. Not yet…but give it a few more months. After a few more people get shot.

    You see, once one person does it. The others will follow suit.

  4. As a frequent Canadian visitor since 1986 with friends on the island, I have only seen the crime increase over the recent years. The island is still overall safe but it is worrisome that the police still try to keep a friendly image. This image is used by criminals to thier advantage. Unfortunately it is the politicians who control the image. When it comes to crime, political correctness is not the answer. Visitors these days are very comfortable to the image of police with guns as it is the norm. It is important for Cayman’s future to arm the police (it doesn’t create a police state).

    Unfortunately the situation will not be corrected until a person is killed during a robbery. I doesn’t matter of it happens to be either a Caymanian or a visitor. The damage to Cayman’s reputuation will spread.

    My wife and I visit often and hope to see change soon.

  5. You have a top cop that believes criminals should be prioritized via a rehabilitation system, police should remain un-armed, law abiding citizens remain un-armed, that USA constitutional gun laws is part of the root of the problem here in Cayman, and resists bringing in US based cops/detectives who are experienced and trained in dealing with armed robberies including being shot at. US cops/detectives should be brought in from Miami/LA/NY/Chicago to deal with this urgent situation and train the local police and detectives.

    The public should then be informed that this situation will get uglier before it gets better as they deal harshly with this situation. Because you can bet if some American/Foreign cops start putting a serious beatdown on these murderers, thugs and gangsta wannabe, there’s going to be a lot of public outcry about police brutality and whining, etc, etc, etc.

    I suspect that unfortunately, the problem will remain inadequately dealt with and crime will continue to increase as these thugs get bolder and bolder. These thugs can only be encouraged seeing what’s going on here at this point.

  6. the #1 issue at hand is guns!!
    How do we get these outta the hands of petty criminals?

    The last 2 shoots have been robberies, from people that I doubt even had more than 100 on them… (no offence).
    This tells me that these guys are super desperate for money for food, drugs, alcohol, gas money, rent??? who knows?

    The gun = money

    So what I think should be done is offer 1000 a gun.
    What is a 1000? They raised 20,000 for Mr.Golding… if this was done pro-actively he would have not been shot and 20 guns would be off the street.

    All I know is that this is no joke anymore, this is getting very serious and one day it is going to be one of your loved ones you are reading about in the paper.

    Everyone knows we can’t rely on the police with their gun amnesty.. it didn’t work.

  7. Now this is very sad. The individual or individuals that are doing this are being very selfish and senseless.

    It seems that they are just taking this for a joke, knowing that even if they get caught they will live a better life than most of us. The prison, the penalties for certain crimes, the so call Police staff are no deterrents to any criminal minor or major.

    We need to bring in some hardcore police that have no ties what so ever to anyone on the islands and unleash them so they can get in the trenches and start pressuring the known criminals for information and making it know if you are even thinking about doing anything wrong you will be dealt with seriously and I don’t just mean a few days in our hotel like prison.

    Standing around waiting for something to happen and depending on the public to give up information willingly before the police decides to act is not good enough.

  8. A vigilante is a private individual who legally or illegally punishes an alleged lawbreaker, or participates in a group which metes out extralegal punishment to an alleged lawbreaker.
    Members of neighborhood watch programs and others who use legal means of bringing people to justice are not considered vigilantes. For example, in 1979 Curtis Sliwa founded the Guardian Angels in New York City, a recognized crime fighting organization that now has chapters in many other cities.

  9. A legal vigilante would have to approved by the Justices of our Courts, and I don’t think they would permit one, because of rule of law, which states that a man is innocent until proven guilty. In third world countries you have vigilantism going on, but the acts of violence, are considered a crime as well.

    There is no political remedy to reduce Cayman’s crime. Society is just on the decline, producing more and more bad apples. God will judge the good from the bad, and that will be it – a time of Judgement. Somewhere down the course of history and the recycle of life, those who were the good apples, will continue – but the bad ones will receive their reward.

  10. @Old Hand – The silence is deafening. But not for long. He will speak. They spoke out before. More than ever, fighting crime should be seen as a community-effort and not a one man show. We need to get away from pointing the finger at just one person.

  11. While we cannot definitively link the two incidents, the blas manner in which people were shot, combined with the time and the modus operandi of the crimes, suggest that they may be linked, Mr. Baines said.

    Maybe try comparing the bullets? Surely they have some from both instances that they can compare. If they’re similar (or are the same, or whatnot) then start comparing, but don’t say that these crimes might be connected because they were done at night, and in the manner that these two people were unfortunately shot. The timing just means that some idiot is smart enough to do his dirty work at night. And the blas manner doesn’t mean it’s one person doing it…it is quite probable that there are more than one group of idiots on this island who don’t know how to aim and shoot a gun properly.

  12. It looks to me like they know how to aim and shoot a gun quite well enough…two people have been aimed at and shot and only lucky to be alive, imo.

    The problem is, these cowboys (outlaws) don’t have any sheriff and citizens shooting back at them!

    Any undersetimation of the intillegence and intent of Cayman’s gangster now is a dangerous denial and will keep people from doing the things they need to do to protect themselves from becoming these criminals’ victims…

    People need to wake up the the facts that Grand Cayman has become a very dangerous and unsafe island on which to live and visit…

    Anyone who claims that the RCIPS could and should not be doing more to bring this situation to more tolerable levels is simply hiding their head in the sand.