Arrest made in assault on cop

Police officers have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm and damage to property in connection with an incident in East End where an officer was injured early Saturday morning.

The arrest was executed Tuesday and the suspect remains in custody while the investigation continues, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Royal Cayman Islands 
Police Service.

According to initial reports, an officer who served in the Uniform Support Group was hospitalised after emergency 
surgery overnight Saturday with a serious head injury.

Police said the officer – part of an armed patrol team monitoring what was described as a “disturbance” involving a large crowd in East End – was struck in the head by an object around 1.45am Saturday.

According to reports received by the Caymanian Compass, the officer was hit with a rock during an altercation and was brought to the hospital unconscious with a skull fracture.

Police had been called to the scene near the Pirates Cove bar a few hours earlier, having received reports of tyres being burned and illegal drug use. Bar management said the incident did not occur on their property.

Police officers said a party was in progress at the location, with more than 100 people in attendance. Officers checked out the situation, then returned to their patrol car only to find their front tyres had been punctured.

Armed officers were deployed to the scene and it was in the same general area where the armed patrolman was struck 
in the head.

Cayman Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for this incident, from funds put forward by the Cayman Islands government for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone for murder, robbery or other serious or gun related crimes. The Cayman Crime Stoppers tips line is 800 TIPS or 800-8477.