Man 'stable' after downtown attack

A West Bay man remained hospitalized in stable but serious condition Wednesday after his throat was cut during a midday fight in downtown George Town. 

Blake Barrell, 31, was assailed after leaving the courthouse just before noon Tuesday by a man who rammed his vehicle repeatedly and who then chased him down in the midst of lunchtime traffic. Mr. Barrell’s throat was slashed when the two men fought in front of the Appleby building on Fort Street, about two blocks from the courthouse. 

The suspect in the attack, a 38-year-old George Town man, remained in police custody Wednesday. 

Both the suspect, who is not being named because he had not been charged at press time, and Mr. Barrell, had direct connections to the recent murder trial of Jose Sanchez. 

Sanchez was recently released after a judge determined the Crown had not proved allegations that he shot and killed Solomon Webster in September 2014. 

Mr. Barrell was initially charged with being an accessory after the fact to that killing in West Bay. The charges alleged that Mr. Barrell, knowing or believing that Sanchez had murdered or unlawfully killed Mr. Webster, assisted Sanchez by providing him with a telephone handset and telephone calls, with intent to impede his apprehension or prosecution. 

The accessory charges against Mr. Barrell were later dropped. 

The suspect in the attack on Mr. Barrell was accused of witness tampering during the Sanchez trial.  

RCIPS officers investigate in the wake of Tuesday’s violence. – Photo: Brent Fuller