MLAs' secretary arrested in home invasion case

Second suspect also taken into custody

The secretary for two George Town MLAs and a man were arrested last week in connection with a June 26 home invasion and robbery in which a baby sitter and a 5-year-old girl were held at gunpoint, while a boy, 9, hid in his bedroom closet. 

Officers arrested Christine Rae Smith on Thursday and a 38-year-old man on Friday, on suspicion of the home invasion on Raleigh Quay and a robbery at the Elegant Nails Spa on Godfrey Nixon Way on July 10. 

Smith is the personal assistant for Coalition for Cayman MLAs Roy McTaggart and Winston Connolly in their Shedden Road office. 

Police confirmed the arrests of two suspects, both of whom remained in police custody Monday afternoon after a court extended the time they could be held. 

The home invasion startled the community and prompted a fundraiser to collect the largest Crime Stoppers reward in Cayman’s history, topping out at more than $110,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the robbers. 

In the home invasion, the children’s parents were out for the evening when three men, all armed and wearing masks, broke in a little before 9 p.m. The girl was walking through the main hall on her way for a drink of water or to the bathroom, when the men kicked in the door. 

One man guarded the baby sitter and the girl, while the other two, according to the family, went directly to the back bedroom where there was cash that had been raised in a Rotary Sunrise raffle. 

“Everybody believes this was a targeted situation,” the children’s father said in an interview a week after the crime. 

On Monday, in an interview with the Cayman Compass, the father said the police had been in touch regularly with updates and he was “encouraged by the recent news.” 

The Compass is not naming the family because of the young children involved.