A man armed with a knife robbed three tourists while they were sitting on their back deck in Rum Point on Monday evening, police reported.
The robber punched a 77-year-old man in the face before making off with cash, jewelry and electronics.
According to police, a man approached the three, all from Kentucky, U.S., from the beach. He stole “a substantial amount of CI and US cash, jewelry, one iPad, three cellphones” and a watch, police said, before escaping back along the beach.
The victims, a man and wife, 77 and 76, and another woman, 61, have been on vacation in Cayman since Dec. 12. An ambulance took the man to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries to his face and eye and released, police said. The two women were not hurt.
The suspect is described as 6 feet tall, well built and with a dark complexion, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
In response to the incident, Director of Tourism Rosa Harris said in an email Tuesday, “This unfortunate incident is contrary to the usual Caymankind experience of our valued guests, as the Cayman Islands has a reputation for being a safe, family-friendly destination.”
The Department of Tourism, she noted, “will continue to work alongside the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to ensure all visitors to the Cayman Islands have the best possible experience.”
The department has a task force that reaches out to tourists impacted by crime, traffic accidents and other incidents. The department could not confirm whether anyone had met with the victims of the robbery.
In a separate incident, last week a man tried to steal a purse left on the beach by a swimmer at Smith Cove. A woman from a cruise ship spotted the 42-year-old man rifling through her and her husband’s things on the beach. The couple chased the man, who was quickly tackled by an off-duty police officer visiting from New York and a tour bus driver.
The two held the man, Al Handell Pearson, until police officers arrived and arrested him.
Police ask anyone with information about the Rum Point robbery to contact the Bodden Town station at 947-2220 or Crime Stoppers at 800-8477.