Man charged with attack on tourist

| 10/07/2009

(CNS): Ronald Rodney Ebanks (40) appeared in court on Tuesday, 7 July charged with aggravated burglary following an incident which occurred at Lacovia Condos on West Bay Road in the early hours of 2 July. Investigations into a similar incident which occurred at an address on Boggy Sands Road, West Bay, on Tuesday, June 30 are continuing, and police say they have not ruled out the possibility that the two incidents are connected.

Ebanks is accused of entering the condo armed with a knife and threatening the female occupant who was in the room with her child. He has been remanded in custody until his next appearance which is expected to take place next Tuesday, 14 July.

Police were alerted to the incident at 3.50 am on the morning of 2 July. Officers were told a man had entered the condo, made threatening remarks to the female occupant and ran from the room when her child screamed out. Police carried out an area search which resulted in the arrest of Ebanks.

In the Boggy Sands incident which occurred during the early hours of Tuesday, 30 June, a 26-year-old woman was seriously shaken and left with minor injuries after she awoke at around 4:10am to find an unknown assailant in her home holding something in his hand that she thought could have been a gun. The woman managed to escape from the intruder, described as a dark, tall man of stout build who was wearing short pants.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a very serious crime regardless of the other acts of gun violence which currently plague the country. To break into a tourist condo with a knife and confront a woman and child there is the act of a desperate and dangerous criminal.

    Needless to say this tourist family is scarred from this experience and it only takes the news media to take up an interest in an event such as this to cripple the tourist product.

    Look at what happened to Aruba with the missing Halloway woman, just the fact that all that read this submission will know of which I speak is testimony to the power of these crimes.

    Criminals need to learn that messing with the tourism product brings a stiff penalty. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is not that they are disposable but I think with the murders that occured in hte last week people have other things on their minds.

    • fairy nuff says:

      I can agree with your comments, but it is worrying that the rape of a 16 year old has also taken a back seat too….  maybe certain peoples behaviour is endorsed by the rudey ones among us…

  3. sleepless in seattle says:

    Interesting that a story about a ‘disposable’ tourist has generated no comments. That should illustrate the depth of how messed up your minds are.

  4. Anonymous says:

    He, and anyone else that threatens our Tourism industry in this way should be charged with treason – just like in England where the offence could apply to damage to a coal installation gioven the importance of coal to England’s economy.