Two arrested in bomb hoax

Two men were arrested Wednesday in connection with what police determined was a “bomb hoax” at two local resort properties.  

Two Caymanians, ages 48 and 53, were arrested on suspicion of making a bomb hoax.  

On Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14, both the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and the Caribbean Club evacuated their buildings due to bomb threats that day.  

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and emergency officials have since held meetings with management and staff of both resorts to discuss emergency evacuation and traffic management procedures.  

RCIPS Commissioner David Baines said it was clear both venues and their staff had comprehensive plans in place and had trained their staff effectively for such an occurrence.  

“The hoax bomb threat resulted in considerable police and other emergency resources being deployed, as well as the ensuing police investigation that led to the arrest of the two men,” said RCIPS Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton. “There was also significant impact to the two tourist establishments that had … several hundred [guests], not including staff.  

“We take this very seriously and even though the threat was a hoax, this should not diminish the seriousness of the crime that is punishable on conviction to a fine of $10,000 and to imprisonment for 10 years.”