7MB street robber arrested

| 22/04/2014

(CNS): A suspected mugger is currently in police custody thanks to the actions of an off-duty customs officer and another man. Police say that a 23-year-old woman was walking near Royal Palms along the West Bay Road in the heart of the Seven Mile Beach tourist area about 10:45 pm on Easter Monday night when she was mugged by man armed with what appeared to be a knife. The victim reported that she was on her way home from work at a business on West Bay Road when the robber struck, stealing her bag and injuring her hand in the struggle before he ran towards the beach area.

Shortly after the incident, an off duty customs officer and his friend who were driving on West Bay Road noticed the woman in distress. They stopped and spoke to her about what happened, then the two men went to Royal Palms and spoke to people in the area where the suspect was believed to have run to. They got back into their car and drove along West Bay Road searching for the suspect, whom they spotted on Helen Drive and apprehended him. 

The man was later handed over to the police and was arrested on suspicion of robbery. He remains in police custody while the investigation continues, an RCIPS spokesperson confirmed.

The police said that during the incident the victim’s hand bag was stolen and she received minor injuries to her hand, which was swollen as a result of her struggle with the suspect.  Her handbag contained credit cards, a CI driver’s license, insurance cards, just over US$250 and CI$100 cash, a Blackberry charger and a small flash light. The Blackberry charger and the flash light were recovered on Helen Drive by the police.

The RCIPS also extended their thanks to the customs officer and his friend "for their tenacity and bravery in assisting them in successfully apprehending the suspect without any injuries to themselves or to the suspect.'"

George Town CID is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact DC Laura Ryding at 949-4222, or to remain anonymous, are asked to use CRIME STOPPERS at 800-8477

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Great job! We need to take back our Islands one crime at a time! all criminals would think twice because they don’t know who would act on it! Give those guys a reward of Bravery!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great jobs guys! We need more heros like you all out there! Enough is Enough with these bandits! A Proud Bracka that would do have done the same!

  3. Right ya so says:

    Thank you to the brave Custom's officers. It's people like this who remind us that there is still good in this world.

     

  4. Anonymous says:

    They were very brave and should be given a double salary next month.  People need money for these acts of bravery not just a big thank you.  It may encourage others to come forward with many things they know in assisting the police in Crime Soppers..

  5. Anon says:

    We need to have severe penalties for these types of robberies, especially if a weapon, of any sort, is used. These crimes undermine our tourism product, and are nothing short of economic terrorism. This person happened to be a local, but what if this happened to a tourist. (Not to downplay what this poor woman endured, XXXX).

  6. UHUHUH says:

    YEEAAAHHH!

    Now lets take back that OBE from you know who, and give it to the Custom officer and his friend. 

    GOOD JOB GUYS!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Great! Let's see some more of this!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Cayman Islands, another step closer to only ghettos and gated communities.