Police officer spots suspect on flight
A robbery suspect was arrested at the airport in Grand Cayman on Monday after being spotted on a British Airways flight by an off-duty police officer returning from holiday.
Dan Davar Kelly of Cayman, who has been charged in connection with the armed robbery of a West Bay bakery in 2010, was on a “red list” issued by Interpol of Cayman Islands criminal suspects who had left the jurisdiction.
He was attempting to return to Grand Cayman on a British Airways flight from London, via the Bahamas, when he was recognized by the officer, a fellow passenger. The officer confirmed the suspect’s name through the flight manifest and alerted authorities on the ground. The landing was delayed briefly.
Police Commissioner David Baines said, “The off-duty officer identified the wanted person on the BA flight and was able to forewarn officials, with the assistance of the BA flight crew, in the Cayman Islands, which resulted in the person’s detention and arrest without incident or danger to others on the flight.”
Kelly appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday afternoon on separate charges of common assault and failing to surrender to custody in 2013.
He was remanded to appear in Grand Court on Friday. He was charged and first brought to court in 2011 in connection with a robbery at Caribbean Bakery in West Bay.
The Interpol website lists Kelly as being subject to a red notice, meaning he is wanted by Cayman authorities. It lists the charges against him as robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offense.