Police arrested a man in connection with an apparent stabbing, the aftermath of which was videoed and disseminated widely on social media on Friday night.
Two videos were circulated, both apparently videoed and livestreamed by the perpetrator. The first shows a young man with blood on his bare chest stating that he “had to defend” himself and that he was going to be going to jail for life. The camera pans to a floor that is covered in blood.
The second video appears to show the man lighting a butane torch, just before police enter the premises shouting “Hands up, hands up” and tase him.
The Cayman Compass is not publishing the videos due to their graphic nature.
Police responded to the incident at an address off Frank Sound Road, North Side shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
“Officers entered the residence to apprehend the suspect, who armed himself with bladed weapons, started a fire inside the residence, and made threats against the officers,” the RCIPS said in a press release. “During the course of the arrest, a taser was deployed by officers. The man was arrested on suspicion of assault GBH, and remains in custody as investigations continue.”
Emergency Services transported the victim to the Cayman Islands Hospital for treatment, where he remains in stable condition.
The RCIPS said it is aware that graphic images of the incident are being circulated on social media, and requests that members of the public not further circulate these images, in consideration of the victim and family.