Tourist robbed by two men

| 01/09/2010

(CNS): Police have confirmed that a visitor from the United States was reportedly robbed along the West Bay Road on Tuesday. At about 10:20 last night officers on patrol came upon a 38-year-old man at the Owens Roberts international airport, who reported to them that earlier on he had been robbed on the West Bay Rd in the vicinity of the Hyatt hotel. He said that at around 9:50pm he was approached by two males who knocked him to the ground. They then took his metal clip which contained a Verizon incredible phone, ID, stamps and various cards and ran off. No cash was involved. He received minor injuries to one of his knees but did not require medical attention. (Photo Dennie WarrenJr)

He described both suspects as white males between the ages of 26 and 30 about 5’8” tall with short haircuts. The man said one robber was wearing a blue shirt and white shorts, the other, had a green shirt on the police did not say if either of the men were armed. The man who is from Oklahoma in the United States will be leaving the islands tomorrow, police said.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and might have witnessed the men leaving the scene are asked to call the George Town CID at 949 4222 or Crime Stoppers at 800 TIPS (8477)
 
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  1. Anonymous says:

    CNS, my question is unrelated to the story but I can’t find the appropriate place to lodge it.

    I recall some months ago (8, 9), a man’s body was discovered in the forest near the Linford Pierson Highway. Since then there has been no word on any attempts to determine his identity and how he died. Any chance of chasing down an answer with RCIPS?

    I would like to think that a human life in Cayman has more value than being discarded and forgotten like garbage.

     

  2. Anonymous says:

    its amazing how stupid you people are, i mean really, you got time to sit here and argue about caymanians being called "white or red or light brown"? but let me clean up this story because this is cayman and aint nothing unna like more than to carry gossip and mix up a story. this gentleman was first officer on a comercial carrier. hence why he went back to the airport, thinking he could get on the next flt out. the poor guy was scared to death! and it was then and there the an airport offical convinced him to call the police. i wish you people would acutally read the sad story and taken in and imagine what he went through instead of being here arguing about something that doesnt have anything to do with this story.

    • Jujujitsu says:

      How dare you try to tell us what is true.  Children of the soil know everything about everything and their opinions count as FACT even if based on wild supposition.

    • Night Flyer says:

      We are not all stupid, ok? and something STILL stinks about this story.

      Sorry,but that’s just how it reads.

  3. Anonymous says:

    So  now tourists get robbed and we just deny it?  Hmm sounds familiar as in Cayman has no gangs, drugs, guns, etc.  Oh excuse me, I forgot our criminals have strict moral standards. They do not attack and rob tourists.  Just remember once our reputation as a safe tourist destination is gone, we are left with banking/financial services which the U.S. and others are trying their best to destroy.  Imagine being attacked in Miami or London.  Would you know where to go or what to do?  The man might have been stressed out of his mind and all we can do is argue about what "white" means.  This is sad. 

  4. Kevin says:

    BINGO… this case is as simple as it looks …. one tourist was robbed by two tourists who needed some money to buy some pints on WB road. just like it happens on  scoobie- doooooooooooooooooooooo !

  5. anonymous says:

    To Post 12:58 West Bay Road as described most times in these Police reports,  is NOT West Bay.  Factually speaking West Bay starts from the Governors Residence.  The Hyatt in this case is considered in George Town.                                                                                                                CNS Please when reporting insidences along 7 miles Beach Road, please make the proper description, since everyone is quick to blame the West Bayers for everything. I am a West Bayer and I am offended.

    • Alan Nivia says:

      I know that West Bay Road is not in West Bay.  I was under not misapprehension.  But we all know that the bad eggs of Caymanare concentrated in West Bay and we need to address that to protect everyone, especially visitors on West Bay Road. 

      It does not mean everyone in West Bay is a criminal.  Texans are concentrated in the America.  That statement does not imply that all Americans are Texans.

      By the way West Bay starts at the Fire Station/Cemetary.

       

    • Anonymous says:

      We in Cayman are known as "teasing brown" not white, thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      The report says West Bay Road.  The incident occurred on West Bay Road (its not called 7 Mile Beach Road).  The news report is accurate – it doesn’t say the incident occurred in West Bay at all.

    • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

      Actually, someone decided that West Bay should start just before the Ritz; therefore, the Ritz is legally in West bay.

    • Anonymous says:

      After reading this article and also being a tourist myself, I am wondering if the victim was robbed by expats? Also, there are some very light skinned Caymanians who I have thought were "white" and later found out by speaking to them (getting to know them) that they were actually locals(Caymanian born and bred).

      I also find it hard to believe that this man found his way to the airport as after many visits to GC, I still find that the airport is hard to find except for following the many signs. It would not be the first place I would go if I was just robbed, but that is just me. Police stations are not easily labeled in GC though if I remember correctly.

      Regarding the weapons…the article did not say that there was no weapons involved just that the police are not saying if weapons were involved. Another fact that may be of interest is that this man is from Oklahoma and he may not be a "world traveler" or from a city and he may have felt that the airport was his only option if he was shook from just being robbed and especially if he was on his own.

      I would not judge him or his story. People usually do not go on vacation and make up stories of being robbed (IMO) especially if he is not claiming expensive material loss. It sounds to me like he was very frightened.

      I am sorry this happened to him as I love GC and have travelled there many times. I hope the island’s crime settles down and becomes a peaceful oasis again where people can live and holiday together in harmony without fear.

       

  6. anonymous says:

    White shorts!!  Lord help us.  Which Caymanian white boy would wear white shorts in Cayman?  This report sounds very fishy.  LMAO!

  7. anonymous says:

    Maybe the Tourist are robbing their own.  The location and the lackof weapon….Hmmmmm.  A Caymanian would have some kind of weapon for their attack.  Just my spin on this.

    • Sheerluck Holmes says:

      My guess is that:

      1) They were tourists; failing which

      2) They were Jamaicans on a work permit; failing which

      3) They were status grant holders; failing which

      4) They were work permit holders; failing which

      5) Where else can the finger of blame be pointed. . . .

  8. Anonymous says:

    we need one gate at the wharf, one on the bypass and one at the cemetery in west bay NOW!!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Obviously the police need help.

    Perhaps someone could start a system of civilian Public Safety volunteers like we see in other countries. They could do street patrols and contact the police in the event of emergencies.

    Ref: Guardian Angels http://www.guardianangels.org/safety.php

     

  10. Black German says:

    yea boy this one kinda diffrent,can’t wait to read the rest of the comments on this one.Have any one considered that these two could be white Jamaicans?,hold on for one minute unno long jumpers,i jus kidding…. but unno should know that most things dat appen a Cayman a de Yardies get de blame.This one will certainly be a  hot topic, CNS,i am expecting nuff comments on this one!!!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is unreal. Are some of you people this stupid – it is hard to see how a person got robbed  in Cayman – yeah seems hard to comprehend, LMAO! 

    I do find it a LITTLE strange that they were not armed as they are more rational and carry guns these days. Maybe they were trying to level the playing field with the Police?

     

     

  12. Anonymous says:

    "White" also refers to Caymanians. To most foreigners light light brown complexion does not really register as a color of a person.

    • Anonymous says:

      To most Americans "white" means no discernible degree of mix whatsoever.  Hence "light, light brown" does not qualify  as "white".  

    • 10 years says:

      White…..really? Caymanians are called "RED" everywhere I’ve been to in the Caribbean

  13. whodatis says:

    This is guaranteed to turn into a VERY interesting thread.

    :o)

    • Anonymous says:

      Indeed. Suddenly Caymanians are being classed as "white" when all along we’ve been told that they are at best ‘near white’. 

      It is an odd story to say the least.    

  14. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see what doesn’t add up here.  He got robbed and then probably went to the airport to change his flight or report his passport missing and was told to make a police report.

    Safe to say that’s another tourist that won’t be returning or recommending Cayman to any of his friends.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmmmm, two white males??? Not the usual report, is it??

    • Night Flyer says:

      Reply to 08.39 / 01/0910

      Yes it is, same crap description "White short hair" ! Feck, could be half of GCM. Also, something just dont add up here, he gets mugged then go;s the Airport? I would have gone straight to the nearest Bar / restaurant and asked them to call police, there are restaurants in that vicinity. Its strange behavior unless there is something the police are not telling us. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder if he was listening to the song Two White Girls on a Minibus before he came on holiday and somehow got the lyrics mixed into his statement?

      The only other thing that I can come up with is that it was a couple of European waiters here on work permit.

      Whew. What a relief that is. Now we can all be happy to know that still none of the crimes are being committed by Caymanians.

  16. Anonymous says:

    He was robbed by the Beach Suites and yet 30 minutes later he was at the airport?  Why wouldn’t he go to the police station, or report what happened at the hotel.  All sounds very fishy

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps the airport was the only place he knew to go. If they took his passport, I know it would be one of the first places I would go to report my passport being stolen. No passport, no way to get the H#**L off the island. Perhaps they should provide tourists upon arrival with a list of emergency phone numbers in case they are robbed, beaten up, etc… The crime in Cayman has to be reduced against foreigners and Caymanians or it is going to further reduce tourism arrivals.

      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe its easy to sit in judgement in the cold light of day, but it said his ID was stolen, not his passport, I read that as driving license. 

        My first response is calling for help, that’s why I make a point of knowing the emergency service number in any country I visit, its even easier if its the same as my home country and speak the same language.  However, if I didn’t have a phone I would usually try and find one somewhere brightly lit, open and staffed – like a gas station. Failing that a restaurant, or bar, I know there’s a couple on Seven mile somewhere near the Hyatt that might have been open at 9.50pm.

        No come to think of it I would walk for half an hour past Caymana Bay, down the bypass and through industrial park to the airport following the signs in the dark. No, maybe a walk back to my rental parked (at a restaurant, bar, hotel?), past the gas stations and restaurants and bars and hotels, and then drive to the airport.

        I’m not trying to blame the victim here, or at least that wasn’t my intention, if it was as he said then shame on the criminals.

        Looks like they got away with nothing – credit cards and phone can be cancelled and worth nothing, no cash. A little odd.

        • Ex-pat Eric says:

          Just to clarify — a passport is a valid form of Identification (ID). The story is not explicit in the type of ID stolen.

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps her had a flight to catch and decided it was easier to sort out the missing ID and deal with the Police at the airport?  Just guessing – could be completely wrong!

      • Night Flyer says:

        Reply to 09.29   01 / 09/10

        No departing Scheduled flights at that time of night,so he was not going there for that reason.

        • Anonymous says:

          Maybe the guy was in a panicked state and just wanted to get the "F" out of GC and that was his best option, to him, at the moment. As for why he didn’t stop anyone- it was dark, he is in a foreign country, he just got knocked down and robbed. I am not sure I would have gotten myself to the airport, but I certainly would be leary about stopping people on the road to ask …anything! Who does he know who he could trust! BUT…he does know how to get to the airport.

          Another thing that may have crossed his mind is …get to the airport and square away all details and get on the first available flight. How does he know that there aren’t any flights out at night. He is not from GC.

          Why are people picking apart his story? There are white people in GC. There is crime in GC. There has even been robberies as of late that have not used weapons. I think people should be more compassionate for this man and what he went through and worry about the results on tourism and that it may be the new trend.

           

    • Anonymous says:

      He went to the airport as that was the one place where he knew there were police officers.   He had his phone stolen, so he couldnt call 911, and figured going to the airport was the fastest way of getting police attention.   He is a tourist, so he wouldnt know where the police station is.  

    • A Tourist before a resident! says:

      Ahh… Someone that thinks like a local and not a tourist…. 

      If you are a tourist, you pretty much know two things for sure… Where the airport is where you started your vacation holiday (where you hope there will be some sort of law enforcement) and the hotel where you are staying at, where there is only security guards, if you can find them.

      Ask any tourist on the street where the police station is and I bet you will not find too many that can tell you.  But ask where the airport is, where there are signs on the street to direct you to?  I bet quite a few can get there!

      Picture yourself in a strange surrounding and then put yourself in this circumstance.

      I really don’t think it is so strange at all.

    • Anonymous says:

      Let’s not lose focus. I’ve underlined the important parts for you. The issue here is that a tourist was allegedly physically attacked and robbed.

      Where he reported the incident and the race of the perps is less relevant.

      You cannot always expect logical decision making after someone has been through a traumatic experience. Perhaps in his shock and instant desire to leave after this experience he went straight to the airport.

      The fact is that this incident occurred in a zone that is supposed to be one of the most safe areas in Cayman for tourists and locals is very disturbing.

       

       

       

       

      • Anonymous says:

        I think you are missing the point, which has to do with whether this is a reliable account of what transpired. You have simply taken it for granted that it occurred exactly as alleged.    

        • Night Flyer says:

          Reply to 13.30  01/09/10

          Well, we can only speculate on the televised and written story, the way the the story reads is suspicious.If its not a true account of the facts,and you know this to be so, then please enlighten us. 

  17. Patrol West Bay Road says:

    The police must be very visible on patrol on West Bay Road between 8pm and 2am.  It is so important to our economy and too close to West Bay to not ramp up the patrols. 

    • Alan Nivia says:

      We should also follow through on a permanent road block and police check at the West Bay 4 way stop, certainly at least between 8pm and 2am too.  Most wrongdoings in Cayman either start in West Bay, end in West Bay or both.

      • Anonymous says:

        XXXXX Crime of all levels are happening island-wide. Therefore a permanent road block and police check could be implemented in your district in the sky as well!

        Please tell us about your crime free district Alice in wonderland.

        • Alan Nivia says:

          My district has less crime than West Bay.  Not really saying much, since everywhere has less crime and criminals that West Bay.

      • Anonymous says:

        That is a bit ignorant Alan to say that most crimminal offences start or are tied to West Bay. I trust that you have the evidence to support your claim. Crime occurs in all parts of Cayman and isn’t just a West Bay issue. We need to have a Police Station on West Bay Rd and more vigilant officers on patrol and CCTV cameras to deter crime.

  18. au revoir says:

    Something just does not add up about this story…

    • EzBreeZee says:

      Maybe you should expand on what the "something does not add up" really is.  Could it be that the perps were white?

      • A Guy says:

        And the fact he was at the airport at 10.20pm, when he wasn’t flying anywhere?

        • Anonymous says:

          Uh, maybe he thought he could find a policeman there. Uh, maybe he didn’t bring his cell phone on vacation (have you see how much those calls can cost?)

          • Anonymous says:

            If you read the article thoroughly you will see that they allegedly stole his phone. 

            If you are looking for the police you have to pass many, many establishments before you get to the airport. Why not go to your hotel and make a report there? Presumably he would have had some stuff in his hotel room, like his passport. Did he retrieve that before going to the airport? He showed no sign of seeking help from the police since it says they "came upon"  him.   

            It is difficult to judge but somehow I don’t see myself acting like that in a similar situation in a foreign country.    

          • Anonymous says:

            Uh, maybe you didn’t read the article.

          • Anonymous says:

            He reported his Verizon cell phone stolen… Didn’t you read the article?

      • Anonymous says:

        STUPID!!!!! NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE WHITE, WHY WAS HE AT THE AIRPORT AND DIDN’T CALL 911?????????.

        • FedUpCaymanian says:

          They took his phone!  They took his credit cards!  How many public telephones do you see on this Island?  A couple still near the port terminal and they require credit cards.  Have you ever seen a street sign telling where the police stations are? 

          • Anonymous says:

            So, there are no hotels (in the vicinity of the Hyatt), no restaurants, no bars and no people with phones in that area……

      • au revoir says:

        ummh, gee, i don’t know, maybe why he would go to the airport instead of calling 911 immediately.  or why not go to a gas station and tell them that he’s been robbed…or go back to his hotel and tell them that he’s been robbed.  i don’t know, if that was me, i’d call the cops A.S.A.P. (as in within 2 minutes) not walk to the airport, etc. the airport isn’t all that easy to find now, is it?  not unless if you’re from grand cayman…

    • Michael says:

      I agree.