Cops arrest teen after shots fired at East End home

| 14/02/2011

(CNS): Updated Monday 11:30am Police have now arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the shots that were fired at an East End house on Saturday. The property was damaged by bullets fired by one or more gunmen during the early hours of the morning. An RCIPS spokesperson said that they had arrested the teenager on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm after a police operation in East End on Saturday night. According to the police report, at around 2:40am on the morning of 12 February shots were fired at a property along Sea View Road, East End, but no-one was injured. Other sources told CNS that three shots were fired at the house and at least one was fired through the windows. (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

Police said that enquiries are continuing into the incident and the suspect remains in police custody.

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  1. Joe Bananas says:

    The police are there to HELP the good people of Cayman. they are not there to make the people good. If the people aren’t good, the police have no chance. All they can do is clean up the peoples messes. The best police force in the world would do no good if it has to fight thevery people they work for. Right now the police on Cayman have an impossible job. And the good people all suffer because of it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    12:47.
    I feel that the Royal Cayman Island Police Force should employ a Tough No Nonsence Commissioner of Police from Jamaica..

    That is one of the biggest jokes I have ever heard – let us take things from bad to worse. That is all we need is a Jamaican at the wheel. No dis-respect to them as there are many fine people from that country, but over-all the Law Enforcement over there is so poor and currupt that percentage wise, that will be a bad idea. We will ALL BE SWINGING FROM THE TREES AND HAVE TAILS LIKE THE REST OF THESE CRIMINALS.

    • CAYMANIAN says:

      15:12 There is corruption in all police force, but the Jamaican Police dont skin up with criminals. And how I see it now that is exactly what we need. Why would’nt we want a Jamaican Commissioner? Should I guess what else is on your mind.

      • Anonymous says:

        The Jamaican police are known for corruption and for abuses of human rights. They have not been shown to be effective crime fighters. Does that answer your question?

  3. Despairado says:

    Dear Commissioner,

    Logic would dictate that the highest GDP by far in the region, coupled with massive over-employment (remember that the economy provides gainful employment to over 20,000 expats), should have yielded NO unemployed Caymanians and a correspondingly low to non-existent crime rate.

    But it hasn’t and we are not getting any value for money from the RCIP.

    So why don’t we just give the RCIP’s annual budget of $50,000,000 directly to the criminals? Assuming there are no more that 500 full time gangsters and crack heads, an average annual salary of $100,000 for each one should be enough to get them off the street!

    Yours in despair………

    • Joe Bananas says:

      So that means all you have to do is get rid of all the expat skill and replace them with all the unskilled fresh out of school unemployed Caymanians? Would that really solve Caymans problems or just yours? There is a huge diffference between unemployable and unskilled, and experianced and skilled. But no surprise that you can’t tell the difference. Hence the high crime rate. Education and skill is what Cayman needs. First in your leadership, Then they can help the rest of the island. See that happening soon? Until it does you really should not get rid of the skill that keeps Cayman runnning. Oops! Too late.
      Once again hence the high crime rate. Too bad it takes education to see this.

    • Anonymous says:

      Massive over employment? The 20,000 expats actually make thier companys money on their work. And they contribute a great deal of the money goes to pay for the
      civil service payouts which by the way have been documented as bloated and lose much more than they make. Hence the need to borrow. I don’t think logic means what you think it means.

  4. Anonymous says:

    22:33 We can never forget that we are a British Territory but unfortunately what the British government has been giving us for commissioners of police in the past few years have not been up to the task at hand. All wewant is someone that can do the job for which they are highly paid . Not lip service and excuses.

  5. visitor from nj says:

    So what should one do that has worked hard to earn their money for a lovely vacation to Grand Cayman and now there is nothing but crimes being posted daily?  Should I be cancelling and going elsewhere?  I understand there is crime everywhere in the world but I choose not to put myself out there to get shot at, mugged, be in a local store when it gets robbed, etc.  It is pretty scary!  I booked my vacation 9 months ago and I am starting to get worried.  The thugs are laughing right now.  They are the ones in control at this point!  I am honestly getting nervous about coming to a beautiful Island.  I am not getting the warm fuzzy feeling anymore.  I am sure the residents are starting to feel the same way.  Should I be going to Brac or Little Cayman instead?  Are they having a crime spree also, with only 1800 residents?  The police in Cayman are not giving visitors a safe feeling.

    • Anonymous says:

       visitor from nj:

      Rest assured there is no crime spree going on in Little Cayman or Cayman Brac.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please name one crime free country for the tourist nj.

      • visitor from NJ says:

        I said there IS crime everywhere.  If I want to be worried about getting shot at at night, I might as well go to NYC.  This does NOT happen in my community in NJ.  Never has!  Honestly we have never had a robbery, so where I live is virtually crime free.  The occasional pot smoker gets busted, some DUI’s, but NEVER horrible crimes against others.  As I read this article it would be safer for me to stay at home, at least I know I won’t get shot at. I could save $5,000. This happened on the East End.  I specifically go to the East End or NorthSide because I don’t want to be in a busy area.  It is more secluded, but now there are "drive by" shootings going on.  Not sure I can handle that thought.  Can I sleep with the windows open?  Do I have to look behind me on the beach?  Can I even go to the beach without a worry of getting robbed?

  6. MER says:

    The police have their minds set on all the wrong issues, wasting time, resources and money on minor BS rather than concentrating on the more important, devastating issues taking over our islands!

    First of all, the writings on the walls in the police station jail cells have clues about these crimes and criminals, for goodness sake there is a fricking HIT LIST with about 10 names written on the wall of one of the cells!!!

    Our officers are only here to collect salary and wait on retirement to get their pensions!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Are you forgetting that this is a British Territory? It means that the Governor and the Comissioner of Police have to come from there. They will continue to set the pace as long as we remain a colony of the UK.

    • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

      Colonialism should be a crime and voluntary servitude is even worse!

      • Anonymous says:

        This is our history, embrace it or leave.

        • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

          Unfortunately colonialism is not just our history, it’s our present also, and neocolonialism appears to be our future.

      • Anonymous says:

        Can’t help but wonder, do you hold a British Passport by chance?

      • Anonymous says:

        You can walk away from Great Britain anytime you choose by a simple majority vote.

        But would things in Cayman get better or worse?

        • Anonymous says:

          They would get worse but the BIG problem is then Cayman can’t blame everybody else for their problems.

          • Kung Fu Iguana says:

            Here is a ready made Cayman News Service blame generator.  Roll a dice and blame:

            1) Expats

            2) The PPM

            3) Rollover

            4) The UDP

            5) The Mother Country

            6) A minority nationality grouping of your choosing.

             

  8. NJ2Cay says:

    Seems like it’s the East Ends turn at bat, Crime is quickly taking over the whole island. Tourists robbed on east end beaches, Drive by Shootings at homes on the beach. There could have been kids in that house sleeping.

    People used to say avoid the West End, But with all this, people will just start to say avoid that island.

    • Anonymous says:

      For your information NJ2Cay, the persons that did the shooting were not from East End. Also the person being shot at was not from East End. The incident only happened in East End Get your facts before you write.

      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous 06.53 – apparently you know who did the shooting? I hope you do your duty and make sure that information gets to the authorities if you haven’t already.  If you don’t then you’re part of the problem.

      • Hmmm says:

        So if you know so much, why are you not assisting the police with their enquiries?

      • Anonymous says:

        So 06:53…. since you know that "the persons that did the shooting were not from East End", have you told the police that? SInce as far as I can hear the person arrested and being held without release, is in fact from East End!  Have you been a good citizen and reported what you know?

      • Evidence says:

        So let me get this straight. If you know for a fact that the person that did the shooting isn’t from EE and you know the person being shot at isn’t from EE then that means you obviously know for a fact who did the shooting and who was being shot at. That then also means that you are concealing evidence from the RCIPS which then means that you are indirectly aiding a possible attempted murder. So now I say this to you…think about what you write before ‘you’ write it!

        • Anonymous says:

          Engage your brain first. You should always engage your brain before you put your mouth—-er, your pen into gear.Be careful what you say. The fish would’nt get caught if it did not open its mouth. Mind you talk yourself into trouble

        • EVIDENCE says:

          Evidence!! 13:04, Yes I know for a fact who the person that was shot at, and Yes I know who shot at him, and the person who was shot at was not from East End, and the person who shot at him does not live in East End. And no I am not concealing evidence, and No I am not aiding a possible attempted murder. And yes I have thought about what I am saying because I know what I am talking about. Now is that enough for you Evidence or you want to hear more?

          • Evidence says:

            To: Mon, 02/14/2011 – 18:52.

            All you did is repeat exactly what you wrote the first time…how is this any more evidence?

      • Anonymous says:

        What does it matter if the person who committed the shooting was or was not from East End or the person being shot at was or was not from East End…I think you missed the point completely. I think NJ2Cay hit the nail on the head!!!

        Ps I’m Caymanian should you try to use the expat card.

  9. Anonymous says:

    14 police officers from UK were sent over last April on a four-week detachment to, "supplement and assist local officers – especially in ongoing investigations into serious crimes."

    At the same time two former employees of BGP Training and Consultancy were recruited as full-time members of the RCIPS.

    I don’t suppose the CoP would care to comment the cost/effectiveness of these moves.

     

     

     

    • Hmmm says:

      I could be wrong, but I thought they were brought here to assist in the evidence gathering exercise against the 14-15 individuals that Baines talked about as being responsible for the various killings that were taking place at the time.  Same individuals are reportedly now in Northward.  Job done, assistance gone home.

      Perhaps they should be looking at more long-term assistance rather than temporary?

  10. Anonymous says:

    "crime is intolerable" 

    • Married to a Caymanian says:

       Who owns the souped-up black Honda parked in the vacant house across the street front me on Prospect Drive?  It has a young man reclined in the seat, sitting in the dark, and is parked with the front end of his car facing out of the driveway.  My husband thinks he is a "look out" so I called the police.  If we ALL call the police and give our names for suspicious activity, then we have a reason to complain if nothing is done.

      Crime will only be solved by grass roots neighbors working together to make sure our streets are safe.  Your street, my street, your auntie’s street….

      Someone KNOWS who these thugs are.  STOP protecting them, doing their laundry, feeding them, topping up their phones….No good reason for this activity 8PM Sunday night in a residential neighborhood.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are absolutely correct, good for you, I completely agree with you.The police are almost helpless with out the support of John Q Citizen out there, speak up and get rid of these hoodlums before something more serious occurs.The law of averages is at work here and it is only a matter of time before someone is murdered or maimed for life.

    • NOT!!!! says:

      You wont hear him saying "crime is intolerable" because it only involved us commoners and not tourists!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Just another day in paradise. I thought with the recent good police work(if even they weren’t aware of it and it was a was a matter of right place right time) these things would at least have slowed down a little. I was wrong. Things really are that BAD. At least no one was injured. The RCIPS needs new leadership.

    • Anonymous says:

      I feel that the Royal Cayman Island Police Force should employ a Tough No Nonsence Commissioner of Police from Jamaica.. Police from England is too soft and cannot deal with these hot sun sun mix breed tugs we have on this Island., and I think the police needs to form a” Radication Squad” Things are getting out of hand and the English police cannot handle things.

      • Hmmm says:

        Crap.

        The crime in Cayman fades fades into insignificance when compared to the organised and petty crimes in the UK.  English policing could effectively deal with these criminals with a smaller force if the police here really were following the UK’s style of training, discipline, regulations and policing and only if the entire police force (as opposed to some of the force here) wereon board and dedicated to their chosen profession.

        Its a well-known fact that corruption in the Jamaican police force is rife.   Drop them a tip and they will turn a blind eye.  Or if you have enough influence, drop them a tip and they will arrest and have jailed someone you don’t like on false evidence of a non-existent crime, or as scapegoats for another persons crime.  

        No thank you sir. Our police force just needs to tighten up their act and become a force to be reckoned with, which anyone can see is not an easy thing to achieve in a short time, but it needs to happen, and soon, before its too late for Cayman.

      • Anonymous says:

        Because as we can see from their crime rate Jamaican policing is ultra effective.

        What is “Radication”? Did you mean “Eradication?”

        • EVIDENCE says:

          09:42 Oops!! my other language will cause that. You hit the nail on the head.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think it is time we wake up and stop blaming the police .We know what over children is doing stop being in denial and talk to your kids.The law need to start charging the parent,my son is grown and I still have a fair idea of what he do.I know what is in my house because I am a nosyperson.Wake up and do your part when the police do there job we curse them,when they don’t we still curse them what do we want,If it mean kicking down your doors let them do it,but don’t say not my child,kids that have cayman status that get in trouble depot them.