Cayman Islands authorities were still searching Sunday for a burglary suspect who was struck in the head with a machete last week during what police described as a daytime break-in attempt in the Savannah area.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said the man was believed to have sustained serious head injuries Thursday as he entered a house on Sandy Ground Road in Grand Cayman and a resident struck out with the machete as he saw the suspect climbing through a first-floor window.
Police said the suspect was not thought to have approached any hospitals or clinics to obtain medical treatment.
Enquiries to date have suggested that the suspect left the house on foot. He then emerged from the Pedro Castle area onto Shamrock Road near to the Texaco gas station and Wendy’s at Countryside.
According to the resident burglary victim, who spoke to the Caymanian Compass on condition of anonymity, the suspect broke into the home on through a first-floor window just before noon.
“It cut him to the head, straight across, deep enough for you to see it,” the man said.
Police reported that the burglar who was injured was among three men involved in the incident. Officers said the other two waited outside in a vehicle, a green Honda Integra, while the other man attempted to enter the home.
The resident was unable to determine the seriousness of the injury to the suspect because the would-be burglar fled quickly.
The resident was not injured. He could not say whether the suspect got back into the vehicle or ran off on foot.
A police news release issued late last week said, “It is not clear, at this stage, just how seriously the suspect was injured, but it is believed that he will require medical attention for his wounds.
The suspect’s clothing will also be heavily blood-stained.”
The matter remains under investigation.