Police Commissioner David Baines will not face charges over his dramatic intervention in a New Year’s Day diamond heist in George Town
Cayman’s top cop had been under investigation since he chased down three masked robbers in his SUV following an armed raid on a downtown jewelry store.
One of the alleged robbers was injured after he “slipped beneath” Mr. Baines’s car during the chase. He has subsequently appeared in court in a wheelchair.
The commissioner was off-duty en-route to meet friends at the cruise terminal when he saw the robbery in progress at Diamonds International.
He pursued the men as they attempted to flee on foot in the direction of the Legislative Assembly, pinning two of them against a fence with his vehicle, injuring the third man in the process.
He was widely hailed as a hero for foiling the $1 million raid but a police investigation was ordered to determine if the “use of force” was justified.
The investigation was conducted by Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers, who are under Mr. Baines command.
A report was prepared by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which notified police on Thursday that “no criminal conduct was revealed or disciplinary actions warranted.”
Police said in a statement that Governor Helen Kilpatrick had reviewed the report from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“She has indicated that she now considers the matter in relation to the Commissioner closed,” the statement said.
Mr. Baines said he appreciated that the matter had been resolved and was “grateful for the support received from so many people.”
He said he was unable to comment in detail until court proceedings were concluded.
He added, “I can say a very public thank you to all those people who came to my aid on that morning. I have never been more grateful than seeing the members of the public running in to provide support and help in the detaining and arresting of those responsible.
“They were fantastic and have my complete admiration; they know who they are and have a right to be very proud of what they did.”
Three men – James McLean, Christopher Myles and Jonathan Ramoon – have been charged with the robbery. Ramoon, the man said to have been injured during the chase, was still in a wheelchair when the trio appeared in court last week.
Speaking to the Compass in January, Mr. Baines welcomed an investigation into his actions. He said, “The use of force by any police officer has to be necessary, justified and proportionate, whatever the context and circumstances.”