Man injured by machete during armed robbery

Police on Monday revealed details of an armed robbery in which the male victim was injured last Thursday when he was struck by a machete.

According to police, the robbery occurred around 3am on 15 August as the man was returning to his home in the Careenage area of Grand Harbour.

As he left his vehicle and walked toward his front door, he was confronted by two masked men armed with what appeared to be handguns and a machete, police said.

“The suspects threatened the man and struck him on his hand with the machete,” the statement from police read.

The robbers stole keys, an iPad mini, a BlackBerry and a bag containing diabetic medical equipment, before making off in a small white van.

The injured man was taken to Cayman Islands Hospital and was released following treatment.

Police said no descriptions of the masked men were available.

A police spokesman, explaining why the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service did not release details of the robbery until four days after it happened, said it had been “an operational decision” not to give out the information.

Anyone who was in the area or who has been offered the stolen items for sale should contact George Town police station on 949-4222, the RCIPS Tip-line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477(TIPS).


  1. It is time that we seriously consider some form of stand your ground law in the Cayman Islands. I am not talking about the type of law that would allow someone to pursue another individual and kill them. I am talking about a sensible law that would allow someone to defend themselves in their home (using deadly force if necessary) when faced with the same type of situation that Mr. Bowen encountered back in 2010.

    We also need laws that allow for residents to obtain concealed carry permits once the necessary criminal background checks and training/certification have been completed.

    I know that many people will not agree with my position on this issue and that many of the people that disagree have never owned a firearm or attended any firearms training. However, a firearm in the hands of a trained individual (with no history of mental illness) is of no threat to anyone.

  2. I could not agree more with Mack Boland! Being sitting ducks in a place where only criminals carry guns is about the dumbest thing I can think of! I split my residency between Grand Cayman and Austin, Texas and I can tell you that in Austin, people think before committing a crime because they know there may be several armed citizens and police around. We need to wake up and fix this ridiculous law.

  3. Some real well thought out comments. Having witnessed the skills of the average person behind the wheel, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with the thought of the average kind of person wielding a gun.

    Looking at crime stats it seems that guns aren’t always the answer – in Austin, TX, robberies, assaults, burglaries and thefts are above the US average, so the threat criminals feel isn’t particularly troubling.

    Possession of a weapon must be dealt with harshly, assaults involving weapons, likewise.

    A firearm in the hands of anyone, trained or not, will always carry a threat. It will be lessened in the hands of someone trained, but there are plenty of victims caught in crossfires that prove this. There are plenty of instances where police officers have hurt each other, or bystanders, through ricochets or poor shots.

    The one thing I think we can all agree on, is that the people who commit these crimes are completely cowardly scum.

  4. Section 16(1) of the Firearms Law allows residents who has been so licensed, to carry firearms for their personal protection and it reads: No person shall carry any firearm in any public place unless at the time when he carries such firearm he has about his person a Firearm User’s (Restricted) Licence authorising him to carry such firearm in such place.

    Section 18(1)(a) of the Cayman Islands Firearm Law reads: No person shall discharge any firearm on or within forty yards of any public road or in any public place except in the lawful protection of his person or property or of the person or property of some other person. So, S.18(1) means that it is unlawful to discharge that firearm in a public place for any reason whatsoever, EXCEPT, EXCEPT, EXCEPT, as specifically expressed in S.18(1)(a), or S.18(1)(b), or S.18(1)(c) of the Firearms Law, respectively. S.18(1)(a) is statuary permission to discharge a firearm during acts of personal protection, in accordance with self-defense laws.

    No amendment to the Firearms Law is necessary for residents to be licensed to lawfully carry firearms for personal protection. If you want to have a firearm for personal protection, then you should seek out firearms training and apply to carry one.

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