Police: Woman screams for help during robbery, no one responds

A woman who had her backpack cut off during an armed robbery Thursday night in Bodden Town screamed repeatedly for help, but no one in the area came to her assistance, Royal Cayman Islands Police said.

The attack occurred on Cumber Avenue just before 9:30 p.m. Police said the woman was robbed and assaulted as she arrived at her apartment by a man who was hiding near the stairwell and brandishing a knife.

“The victim struggled with her attacker who used the knife to sever the cords of the backpack and departed to the rear of the property,” the police noted in a report on the incident.

The struggle lasted several minutes, police said, while the woman “screamed repeatedly.” No one in the area came to her assistance prior to police response, RCIPS officers said, although 911 calls were made.

The victim was treated and released at hospital following the attack. The cords of her backpack were severed by the attacker, who ran off with the satchel, police said.

The suspect was described as bring about 5’5” tall, of slim build, dark brown complexion, a longish face with brown-colored hair and appeared to be in his early 30’s.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Bodden Town Police Station at 949-4222.  Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via a Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777 or via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online at the link: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=681.

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  1. Call Bodden Town Police station for what? The police officers in Bodden Town need to be sent to George Town or West Bay for a while and fresh vigilant officers sent up here. I have personally witnessed verbal attacks and threats to kill the Bodden Town police right to their face. So what are we going to call the Bodden Town police for.

  2. There is a general problem with others coming to assist a person who is in trouble. Perhaps people are more concerned about their own safety while getting involved to help the person being attacked. Or, maybe there is a feeling of “Its not my problem, why bother” so I mind my own business. On the other hand, people have intervened to help victims and their efforts paid off and prevented a disastrous situation. In this particular case, the victim “screamed repeatedly for help” but to no avail. It therefore begs the question, is it morally right to ignore requests for help when we are in a position to do so and do nothing? Who has the answer? I am glad the woman was severely hurt and hope the thug will be captured.

  3. Mr. Daniels,
    I believe that you would fine the answer in a comment I posted on, “Students raise thousands of dollars for wells in Africa”. But it’s a shame that we have lost our culture and moral and heritage. This kind of disgusting behavior didn’t happen in days gone by

    This kind of thing reminds me of , one day on one of my many boat charters I was passing around the guest and talking with the passengers , and one of them just found in the guest book who was their next door neighbor back in NY by the address . I would imagine that this now excise in Cayman today that all they know about their neighbor is that he or she is a criminals and they are dead scared to learn or say anymore about them .

  4. I know there is a shooting range in Cayman. How hard is it for a resident to get a CCW permit? (concealed carry weapon). With these islands having more crime as in the US, maybe they should allow responsible, registered gun owners to CCW. “An armed society is a polite society.”

  5. I have to agree with Ms Ponzetto . We need to ask our selves some questions . Are crime getting better or worse in the Cayman islands ? We have been living under the protection of the Police all these years . Are they still able to protect us from criminals ? not according to what I read, they catch them after the crime has been committed . But they aren’t preventing the crimes .

    Prevention is the best cure .

    I think that we should have good Citizens that are properly trained and qualified to use and carry a firearm , if we had 4 or 5 off those kind of Citizens around every place on the Islands . The criminals would be more concerned about their own safety.
    But the criminals are not concerned because they know that they have the only gun at the time of crime. Something needs to change .