Police step up patrols after another indecent assault report in West Bay

Police say they are increasing patrols in West Bay after receiving another report of a woman being indecently assaulted by a cyclist, the fourth such report made by female runners or walkers in the area. 

According to police, around 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, a woman was walking along Batabano Road near the Church of Christ when a man ran up behind her and indecently assaulted her by grabbing her backside. 

“The woman reported that she had seen the man briefly when he rode past her on his bike headed in the other direction, after which he jumped off his bike and ran up behind her,” Royal Cayman Islands Police Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Carpenter said in a press statement. 

She said the woman reported that the man left when he saw an oncoming vehicle. 

The assailant is described as being around 5 feet, 5 inches tall, of small build, with short black hair and a dark complexion. He was wearing a sleeveless dark shirt and dark pants. 

Officers from the West Bay CID are investigating. 

In May, in three separate reports, three women told police they had been assaulted by a man on a bicycle while they were running or walking in the area. Two of the assaults occurred in May and the other last November, but that victim came forward only after reading of similar assaults. 

Following the reports in May, police released CCTV images of the assailant on a bike and urged the public to identify him. 

“We urge women with similar experiences who may have not reported them to police to come forward, as well as anyone with any information regarding these assaults,” Ms. Carpenter said. 

Police said they have increased patrols in the area and are urging women to “take safety precautions as much as possible, and not to walk or exercise alone in the area.” 

The earlier reports received by police included one from a woman who said she had been indecently assaulted by a cyclist as she jogged along Conch Point Road on May 11, and one from a female jogger who said she was groped by a cyclist on Birch Tree Hill Road around 7 a.m. on May 12. Another female jogger said she was indecently assaulted by a bicycle rider in November 2014 while jogging along Rev. Blackman Road in the early morning. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Morrison at the West Bay Police Station on 949-3999 or Cayman Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS). 

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  1. More patrols will only have a limited positive impact and my prediction is that this type of crime will only start to escalate in terms of frequency and level of violence. It is time that we wake up and realize that Cayman today is not the Cayman of the past and that our approach to crime has to change.

    What will it take (who will have to be the victim) for us to realize that the police are mostly a reactive force when it comes to these types of crimes and that we need to empower people with the ability to protect themselves and their families.

    New leadership and new thinking is needed if we are ever going to make any progress. We have thrown a lot of money at the problem thinking that money would be the answer; but time and time again this has proven to be the wrong solution.

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  2. Mack, you are spot on.
    This is not the Grand Cayman I moved to 33 years ago. And the past 5 years have been especially troubling.

    The police cannot be everywhere. We MUST be allowed to protect ourselves without the fear of prosecution.

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  3. We can defend ourselves without fear of retribution.. We just can’t shoot anybody! I think we’re barking up the wrong street here in that nobody out for a run at 5.30am is going to carry a weapon to defend themselves as it is just not practical! Until this pest is caught people who want to go running (women in particular) need to buddy up and not run in isolated areas alone! This is not targeted but opportunist crime – take away the opportunity! I know this is not the long term answer and that nobody’s civil liberties should be put out of whack but it would stem the problem for now.. Someone knows who this offensive little man is and needs to speak up!

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  4. Hi Jay,

    You have some good suggestions but I am curious to hear why it is not practical to carry something to defend yourself when going out for a run. This is done all of the time in different parts of the world and doesn’t present a problem.

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