Arrest made in Rum Point robbery

A Bodden Town man has been charged with robbery and causing grievous bodily harm in connection with a robbery in Rum Point on Jan. 11 in which an elderly man was punched in the face.

The Crown prosecution, in a bail hearing Tuesday, accused David McLaughlin-Martinez of paying off a drug debt by scouting out a home and keeping watch while another man robbed three tourists at knife point.

A magistrate denied the bail request, citing the seriousness of the crime and the potential for the defendant to commit additional crimes while out on bail. The magistrate sent the case to Grand Court.

“This is a horrendous crime,” Magistrate Valdis Foldats said at the hearing.

If found guilty, Magistrate Foldats said, “the sentence would be in the double digits.”

The Crown alleges that McLaughlin-Martinez, 38, had worked as a plumber in the beachfront home in Rum Point and noticed valuables around the house. In order to repay a $2,400 debt for “several ounces” of cocaine, the defendant led the drug dealer to the home, the Crown alleged.

The other man, who police are still searching for, robbed the three tourists from Kentucky, U.S.

According to the prosecutor, a 77-year-old man was alone on the porch when the unnamed man came up and punched him in the face, fracturing his cheek bone. The man’s wife, 76, and a 61-year-old woman, the couple’s caretaker, were inside. The man forced his way into the house and robbed the tourists of cash, electronics and jewelry, including the couple’s wedding rings.

The two women were not injured. The trio had been on vacation in the Cayman Islands since Dec. 12.

Denying bail, Magistrate Foldats said, “This is so far beyond societal norms” that it “scares the court.” He said, “No bail conditions would satisfy me.”

McLaughlin-Martinez will appear in Grand Court on Jan. 29.