​Man arrested for attempting to skip immigration line

Owen Roberts International Airport was jammed for both departing and arriving passengers on Saturday. – Photo: Brent Fuller

While travelers lined up at the immigration line at Owen Roberts International Airport on Tuesday night to enter the territory, one man apparently thought he did not have to go through that process.

Law enforcement authorities, however, begged to differ.

According to police, the man had refused to comply with immigration instructions and attempted to leave the immigration area before being processed. One onlooker said that the man declared he was tired of waiting to be processed, stating that he had paid $30,000 for residency in Cayman.

When an immigration officer attempted to stop the man leaving the processing area, a struggle ensued. Police said he allegedly assaulted an immigration officer during the struggle. Customs officers were called to subdue the man and brought him to the ground, where they then handcuffed him.

The man was detained and police officers were called to attend the scene.

The 42-year-old George Town resident was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an immigration officer, damage to property, and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Police said the matter is still under investigation.

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