Gunman targets barber shop customer

| 13/02/2010

(CNS): A customer’s hair cut was violently interrupted last night when a gunman burst into a George Town barber shop and reportedly threatened him as he sat in the chair. Police have now confirmed that at around 7:50 pm Friday evening (12 February) a masked man entered Mr. G’s Barbershop on Eastern Avenue and pointed what appeared to be a firearm at the head of a man who was in the shop. According to reports the man was having his hair cut at the time and angry words were exchanged before the gunman fled the store, when the manager closed the shop early. Police said no shots were fired and no one was injured but enquiries are ongoing.

A police spokesperson said she was unable to gvie any more details but investigators handling the case said that witnesses were being less than helpful about what had happened during the incident.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Wadd, I personally dont no you but you have the right idea. Why should we the public have to pay for these low life want a be thugs  that does these crimes. For them  to go to jail get fat earn a living while in there for the crimes that they do while we have to bust or A** out here to make a Honest living.Where is the justice.

  2. Anonymous says:

    maybe if big mac stayed on island more often instead of spending more government $$$$ on trips, he should be spending this $$$$ on how to resovle this crime issue.  does anyone in government know what is going on?  does anyone know who is even IN government seeing as how we NEVER hear from anyone on this issue or any others for that matter.  seems to me they are like the others who still have their job, but aren’t working but still getting paid!  AND FOR NOTHING.

  3. CaymanLover says:

    On another note…can anyone explain why the road we commonly refer to as "rock hole" was cordoned off with police tape this morning?  Also there were several police officers standing around with vests on.  Is this related?

  4. I Need Answers! says:

    Two questions;

    Did the barber finish the haircut before closing the shop early?

    If not, did he charge the man at a suitably discounted rate?

  5. Richard Wadd says:

     As long as ‘we’ fail to accept that this is a situation of our OWN making, and stop blaming everyone else but ourselves for it, things will not improve.

     The First step is to Accept Responsibility.

     The Second step, Identify the Root-cause. As a Doctor looks to treat the Ailment, and not the Symptom, so must we. This Violent Culture we are experiencing is the Symptom ….

     Thirdly, Stop blaming the Police ….. the major problem lies with a). Us, not being good citizens, and b). The Judicial system not applying the type of punishment that will discourage such behavior.

     Frankly, it is discouraging for ALL when the lightest of sentences is being applied to these ‘wanna-be thugs’, for Serious crimes against us.

     It is even MORE discouraging, when often they are acquitted on ‘Minor Technicalities’, even when there is overwhelming evidence to support a conviction.

     Frankly, I am a strong supporter of Corporal Punishment. Why? Because it works!

     The type of punishment that was most effective when I was growing-up was ‘a good Buss-ass’. It did me no harm, and left me with a strong appreciation for the Rules (Law) and Authority.

     If the Punishment was ‘Grounding’, I never hesitated to repeat my offence, but I thought LONG and HARD if I knew I would get a Thrashing if I was caught. Needless to say, I didn’t get too many of those ….

     My Point is, more Effective Deterrents are needed to Control Crime, and THAT means using Tried and Proven Methods, EFFECTIVE Methods.

     Six years in Northward for Rape, or 12 lashes with the ‘Cat-o-nine’. Which is a more effective deterrent? 

  6. Anonymous says:

    it is sad and also a disgrace in a way.—- criminals roam around and have taken their version of law and justice-

    I presume once again, no witnesses except for the barber– who probably is too afraid to speak.

    The police and the government cannot do it all– we the residents have to report any suspicians of criminal activity or even intent.

    The police image has to improve–rumours  in the past , of having money /assets beyond their known sources of income and indirect contacts contacts with criminal elements is know secret. That inhibited people from making contact with them. This is no fault of the present commisioner who has to under the negative image and regain the trust of the people.

    The Police Chief and the Government have my full support in dealing with this rot / menace in society where the majority of law abiding residents  have to live scared.

  7. inside job says:

    ‘victim’ and ‘suspect’ in this case are both well known to each other and police. good thing that nobody standing around was injured in any way. at that time of nite and that location if busy and full of people and interesting to see that nobody saw anything or knew any names.

    the government needs to really get off their behinds, pass some serious violent crime/gun laws, the police leadership needs to stop pandering to those forces intimidating the police into being a timid force, and bring in or train some experienced detecting capabilty.

     

  8. Anonymous says:

    its really sad but this is not really news now as this thing is happening all the time.

    • Anonymous says:

       

      I have for the past severalmonths listnede to all the comments in these forums regareing upsurge in crime.

      One major ane key element is missing from the discussions that could be the answer to our questions, doubts and fears.

      Is it a possibility that the reason these serious hineous crimeous are not being solved is because the police maybe paid off?

      what else could it be?

      money can do almost anything except buy salvation.

      If that is so, then it only means one thing. those behind the crime are big shots or higher ups wo are able to afford to pa off the police.

      Boy do we really have a problelm

      Maybe that’s why these operations ande tempurase can neer end because they can’t even trust themselves!   There has got to be some police involvement if a crime can not be solved and more suspiciously if there are too many unsolved mysteries.

      FOWL PLAY SOMEWHERE! (in the most trusted hands maybe?)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately the criminal element in this country have become emboldened and feel they can do as they wish and there is little being done to prevent it. Until the government of the day decide to work with our new governor to take real steps to dealt with the growing crime in this country it will continue to do just that, grow. Cut out the name blame guys and stop mouthing off and get into action mode!

  10. Fishing Expat says:

    A little off topic but relevant all the same…

    It is said that a high percentage of the guns come via the drug trading canoe’s from Jamaica… and of course the police and 95% of people know this.

    Why on earth is there not a radar system set up on the east end of the island that monitors those inbound waters? Surely even the presence of one – advertised well – would surely act as a deterrant to some degree??

    Gee it wouldn’t be that hard to setup, heck – they could mount it on the roof of the east end police station and go nuts with it!

    Think of the uses – narcotics, broken down boats, cuban refugees etc etc…

    Further, the island being resonably small could possibly cover all her corners with outward seeing technology at a reasonable cost and create a good few jobs for the island.

     The justification and expence to install it is has to be money in the bank?

     Add to that – the Americans would probably chip in a few bucks or even pay for the whole darn thing as we are likely on their inbound drug trafficing / illegal immigrant route. I’m sure they’d appreciate a little help!

    The fact we don’t have this already setup has to be from the Islands public perspective – very questionable.

     

    P.S – that "close shave" comment was a ripper!

     

     

    • Shock and Awe says:

      Good suggestion. I agree with the installation of radar.  As it would be easy to do.  Once there was training on how to use it correctly.  But I still believe a large portion of thearmament coming onto island is in container shipments.    It appears to be too easy to have something sent here containing God knows what. The Port Authority, when they’re not playing with BlackBerries, needs to get on it.  Even a dog would help.  And it wouldn’t need a pension.

      • Fishing Expat says:

        Shock and Awe – I agree. I recently had a boat imported from the USA. I had a pad lock on the console door where all the electronics etc etc were stored whilst in transit. On reciept of the boat at customs I was fully expecting someone would want to view the consoles contents, not to mention other compartments etc?

        Nope, although it was a Friday in fairness!

        So I theorietically just got away with my half a dozen guns and a box of grenades (self defense…) into paradise!

        Tell me one good dog wouldn’t have found me out…?

  11. kman sun says:

     Gun court, Gun Police, when they come U know that the person has been with a gun or is a gun man. and after that they are sent to CUBA or JAM to do the 25 years we have given them. simple !!!!!    Why should we pay to keep them.

     

  12. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I was just driving around on the WB road last night (Sat 13th) looking for a place to dine and honestly I let about five to ten people cross the road. 

    I never seen a Police Officer or Police car in site until we were on our way home, we saw one Police car parked off near the cricket field looking for speeders.

    Mr. Police man drive around the business places that is open and need your presenence.

    Help the public and stop parking waiting for speeders, let the speeders kill themself off. 

    • Anonymous says:

      That was a car accident by the cricket pitch, but I get what you’re saying

  13. Anonymous says:

    sounds like a close shave for somebody…..

  14. Cayman-Aboriginal says:

    I am amazed on the little response to this headline. Are we a society that has succumed to accepting that violent crime is a reality and will live with it as long as it doesn’t happen in our neighborhood? If such is the case, then these are truly sad times in cayman. it is my understanding that this gunman pulled the trigger several times but the gun failed to shoot for whatever reason. we were potentially looking at another murder had it not been for the mechanical failure of this gun. I am pleading with my caymanian people not to readily accept violent crime as a reality. We are too small of a nation to accept this. those persons from large countries accept this because they compare our numbers to theirs without stopping to think that it is virtually impossible to do so when you look at our population. 

    Come on Cayman we need to keep the pressure on the powers to be that can control these outrageous hooligans that are wrecking havoc on our beatiful island. We need to accept the fact that most of the violent crimes are being committed by our very own caymanian youth. Stop pointing fingers elsewhere and we maywell identify why this is happening and actually find some resolutions.    

    • Anonymous says:

      Blame the UDP for bringing this culture into Cayman. We did not have these problems prior to 2003, & no one can deny that. The UDP can say what they want, they can give all the excuses they wish, but no one will ever convince me, & the majority of Caymanians that this culture of crime was not imported into our country in 2003 & since! The status grants brought criminals into Cayman (no back ground checks were made), & because of the hundreds of new "Caymanians" (oh that hurt) coming into our country people have had to struggle to get work & make money. The status grants of 2003 has been the root of all our evils, & no one can deny that. Of course there are others factors as well, but those grants have caused most of the troubles we are now witnessing!  

      • Kracker says:

        Our draconian abortion laws are far more likely to have directly lead to the level of violent crime in Cayman.

        • Anonymous says:

          That and the loose morals of young Caymanian girls that sleep around to try and get pregnant by a gangster

        • Anonymous says:

          Abortion is itself a violent crime. However, I do get the drift of your comment which is truly despiccable. Legalizing abortions in the U.S. has really reduced crime in the U.S., has it?. No it has led (note correct spelling) to even less respect for human life. Of course what you mean is many *Caymanians* should have been murdered in the womb.   

          • Facts speak louder than fantasy says:

             "Legalizing abortions in the U.S. has really reduced crime in the U.S., has it?. No "  WRONG.  The single biggest factor in the massive downturn in violent crime in urban America from the mid-1990’s onwards was the impact of Roe v. Wade on removing from the population individuals who were most likely to commit violent crime (states which liberalized abortion laws ahead of Roe saw an earlier drop off in crime).  The evidence in support of this is overwhelming.  You may find it distateful but it is a fact that available abortion is one the most effective long term protections for the community against violent crime.

            • Anon says:

              abortion is all to do with biopolitics…for regular people it’s the "easy" way out but nothing is easy about it…parents take care of your kids…don’t give these crazy people any more reason to presure this community with ridiculous forms of "freedom" that isn’t freedom at all

            • Anonymous says:

              That is a load of speculative nonsense masquerading as a serious study. There is no "overwhelming evidence", just a simple correlation with crime declining in the 1990s when these kids would have reached their late teens and early twenties.  This is based on the simplistic idea that poverty and single parenthood sometimes leads to criminal offspring. If abortion rates cause crime rates to fall, crime rates should start to fall among the youngest people first and then gradually be seen lowering the crime rate for older and older people. But instead the opposite happened.

              There could be any number of causal factors, e.g. the adoption of the Three Strikes Law in many states in 1993-1996. 

              One cannot know what those aborted children would have become. We may well have had Nobel Prize winning scientists among them.

              Where do you get these ideas – Mein Kampf? Amazing the number of idiots on here who would actually gave you a thumbs up.  

              • H. Blackmun says:

                The statistical and criminological evidence in support of the argument that abortion has direct effect of violent crime levels is so strong as to be beyond credible argument.  Yes, the fact may seem unpalatable but the causative impact is there.  One can isolate other factors such as the three strikes law and other increased sentencing measures (which did have an effect on reducing US crime) and increased police numbers (which did have an effect on reducing crime), and the result of the analysis points strongly to the link between the greater availability of abortion and the drop in violent crime. 

      • Anonymous says:

        So you think some enterprising criminal element setup shop here to train our "youths" to become gangsters? Listen based on the "crew" of out of work gangstas that just walked by my office on their way to rock hole, there is no doubt they are Caymanians and very hard headed and I find it impossible to even think they are listening to some Jamaican gansta (as that is what you are implying)  or are you referring to the outside influence as coming form the USA and England?

         

         

  15. Anonymous says:

    Gunman strikes here, strikes there and strikes everywhere in the Cayman Islands these days. It’s becoming such a common occurance these days that these type of offences will soon be viewed the same as having one’s bicycle stolen or our home’s burgled on a daily basis.

    I say, hold the UK so called experts accountable. They came here with their so called "Strategic Plans" since 1995 to put everything in order at the RCIPS and have been in charge since then. Not to mention the extra tens of millions of CI dollars provided to them in their budget to accomplish it with. 

    They are ultimately responsible according to their oath of office to the Crown for the Preservation of Peace and Good Order, Protection of Life and Property, Prevention and Detection of Crime and the Prosecution of Offenders against the Queens Peace.

    Have they failed in this regard, you be the judge and jury on that !!!! 

     

     

  16. Commons Sense 101 says:

    Pants on the ground looking like fools!

  17. Anonymous says:

    so this is what Cayman has become. Well I hope when either one of the "bad man" get shot and dies we won’t hear their families crying out " oh my son/husband/babyfather/cousin (you get the drift) was killed and he was a good person and he doesn’t deserve to die."

     

    Lets not blame the police for not investigating this one.

    "A police spokesperson said she was unable to gvie any more details but investigators handling the case said that witnesses were being less than helpful about what had happened during the incident."

  18. Anonymous says:

    It sounds like a personal problem to me that likely will end in violence, no surprise that no one knows anything. You know words were shared in that barber shop that identify this man and that he is known by the respondent.

    The previous macho response is not helpful or constructive in dealing with the social problems here. Pretending to be tougher isn’t the answer, supporting rule of law will lead to much more positive results.

  19. Billy D says:

    Yes Cayman Da Gangsta Paradise we now live in, as i read Stuart Bostock’s valiant stand to certain Elitest & aloof members who want to leave it up our so call Police, funny enough it is the same phrase visitors to this island use( Leave to the Police). I was never so proud of him as he too has obviously come to recognise and realise that we have a bunch of well to do persons in the island who simply do not give too hoots about what happens to people and the community so long as they are living well in their little lock up, believe they are safe world. Thats why people like Stuart should be on these NSC’s instead of these out of touch couldn’t give a Damn Politicians and their cronies.

  20. Anonymous says:

     Yes they are a bunch of jokers until someone gets killed, then itbecomes serious business.  This is just disheartening to read every day. Just disheartening.  Where is my beautiful Cayman Islands. 

  21. G Dawg says:

    Someone’s been watching far too many re-runs of "Scarface".

    I swear – these Cayman gangstas are a bunch of jokes.

    Anyway – just a matter of time until both of them are found dead and belly-up in some back alley … and guess what guys – the only memory left of you will be the tacky t-shirts that your "bredrens" and cousins had printed up for your funeral.

    Damn asses!

    Make me sick … just die – the bunch of unna.

    No more pampering!