Home invasion leaves scars for young victims

Companies and supporters raise CrimeStoppers reward

The children, a 5-year-old girl and her 9-year-old brother, had been tucked into bed by their babysitter Friday night. The sitter was doing the dishes and the girl got out of bed a little before 9 p.m. for a glass of water or to use the bathroom – she was in the hallway when three men kicked in the door of her home. 

They wore masks and carried guns, and they wanted to know where the money was. 

Hearing the commotion, the boy got out of bed and looked around the corner. The robbers didn’t see him, so he turned around and hid in his bedroom closet. One man guarded the door and the other two, who apparently knew exactly where to go, headed to the back bedroom to get the cash. 

The children’s parents, who had been out for the evening, got a call from the sitter soon after. They rushed home but police refused to let them into their Governor’s Harbour house. 

The parents told their story to the Cayman Compass this week. They asked that the family members’ names not be used. 

“I just remember my daughter standing in the doorway in her footie pajamas, crying, and the police wouldn’t let me go to her,” the mother said. 

“This was 8:30 at night in a well-lit neighborhood,” the father said, astonished at how brazen the robbers were. 

The dad, the sound of anger and regret in his voice, said he was keeping cash in the house that had been raised during the recent Rotary Sunrise car raffle. It’s unclear how much cash was involved – a Rotary Sunrise representative said it was just cash from the last day or two. “Everybody believes this was a targeted situation,” he said. 

“This is something the kids will never forget for the rest of their lives, something they will have to live with for the rest of their lives,” the mother said, adding, “This happened to us and that means it could happen to you, to your children, to your family.” 

“They can’t be carefree in their own home now,” the mother said. 

The father said both children now check the door locks and keep the blinds drawn. His son, he said, won’t play hockey in the parking lot anymore. 

“The kids ask every day, ‘Have they caught them yet? What if they come back? Is the door locked?’” the mother said. 

The father told the Compass, “We taught them that bad people go to jail. Baddies, we call them.” And his son wants to know, have they been caught? Not yet. But now his father’s mission is to make sure the man are apprehended and brought to justice. 

Writing this week to friends and supporters, the father called on people to help catch the robbers: “My family lived its worst nightmare and it’s one that we do not want to live again, nor do we want for any law abiding member of our community. Although likely to be scarred by this forever, my family will find a way to move past this traumatic experience but the harsh reality is that unless caught, these criminals will have prevailed.” 

Around 9 p.m. Friday night, 911 received a call about an armed robbery at a Raleigh Quay residence in Governor’s Harbour, where three persons armed with what appeared to be firearms stole a quantity of cash. 


Police released descriptions Sunday of the three suspects, all of whom carried guns. 

One was described as a dark-skinned, slim-built, short male, about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall, wearing a black hoodie jacket pulled over his head, a light colored bandana covering his mouth and deep blue long jeans pants. 

The second was a tall, dark-skinned male with braided hair, with green and red colored beads, silver earrings in both ears, about 6 feet tall, wearing a mint green and gray colored jacket with a hoodie and a grey bandana over his mouth and nose. He was carrying what appeared to be a long firearm. 

The third person was described wearing a black hoodie jacket that zipped up to the neck. 


The parents, along with companies and people in the community are raising money for CrimeStoppers to boost the reward for catching the men responsible, with hopes to offer a high enough reward so people come forward and turn the gunmen in. 

They are working with CrimeStoppers and, as of Wednesday afternoon, more than $110,000 had been raised as the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the home invasion. 

“What I have learned in the past few days is that the police alone cannot rid our country of these criminals and that unless we, as members of this community band together, then the crime and severity of it is likely to get worse,” the father said. 

Police are investigating a home invastion in Raleigh Quary.
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  1. This is something the kids will never forget for the rest of their lives, something they will have to live with for the rest of their lives, the mother said.

    Don’t allow this to happen.I recommend you have a session with Dr. Jon Connelly in Florida at Rapid Resolution Therapy. The sooner the better. The destructive force of the trauma like this one can have unpredictable and life altering consequences. There are ways to erase it permanently. The sooner you act, the better the result would be.

  2. I know that this must have been traumatic for the kids, and this should teach us parents a lot on how and when we leave our young kids, talk about been street smart. I wonder how the robbers knew where to go to find the cash . I think that when police are investigating, they should question each witness at lease 3 times by 3 different officers investigating the case . Or is too much work, then crime would continue and get worse.

  3. My heart goes out to the family and the babysitter. What those children and the sitter had to endure is shocking. Definitely, this was a targeted robbery. An insider, obviously, who knew where the money was kept, and planning to break into the house to steal it all with the help of two others. I hope that these bad people are caught and jailed! Witnesses must not be afraid to come forward.

  4. I guess if caught these guys will get Legal Aid for a lawyer who will probably find some way to get them off on a technicality. I commented on a story already about legal aid possibly being given to someone who is accused of burglary and I dont see how it is right for the public to have to foot the bill for these people who are technically terrorizing people and making lives miserable. I think burglary and any form of theft should negate said person from being able to receive legal aid. This would act as an additional deterrent because most of them know if caught they will get a free lawyer and stand a good chance of that lawyer who is free for them but being paid for by the same people they burglarized will get them off scott free. You don’t have to agree with me but I think anyone who has been a victim of these criminals will agree. My house was broken into before and I still have not been able to dig myself out of the financial hole they put me in but I know if they were caught they would have gotten that free lawyer but if I wanted to challenge any part of the proceedings I would have had to pay out of pocket for it. Legal aid should not be used to defend this kind of criminal. have two children of my own and would hate for them to have to go through what those two children did in what they thought was the safety of their home.

  5. Jonathan
    It is repugnant that criminals should benefit from free legal aid.

    But remember that under our laws people are innocent until proven guilty. Even that disgusting terrorist who blew up children at the Boston Marathon was entitled to a trial and a defense.

    Perhaps they could be billed for the cost if found guilty but not if found innocent?

    As for the crime itself, obviously targeted.

    Our islands do not get that many violent crimes numerically. But it proportion to our population I think it ranks up there with Chicago and New York.

    And sadly, while these small islands should make it easy to find the criminals, they are being protected by friends and family.