2 New Year’s Day muggings

| 02/01/2013

crime-scene-tape.jpg(CNS): Updated 3pm – Two victims were assaulted and robbed by gangs of robbers in George Town on New Year’s Day, the police have reported. An RCIPS spokesperson confirmed early Wednesday that a 21-year-old man was the victim of a street mugging at about 4:15am on Tuesday, 1 January, as he was walking in North Church Street close to Kirk's Supermarket. He was approached by three young men who assaulted him and stole his jewellery and wallet. It is believed the robbers fled the scene in a silver Honda Integra, in which a fourth man waited. The second robbery happened on Tuesday night at around 9:20pm near the junction of Goring Avenue and Miss Kippy Lane, also in the downtown area of George Town.

The 38-year-old victim was also approached by three men, one of whom was armed with a knife. They demanded that the victim hand over all valuables. Despite cooperating with the gang of robbers and handing over his possessions, the men assaulted the victim before making their escape on foot.

Although police said there was no immediate evidence to suggest the robberies were connected, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department said they were keeping an open mind and will following the relevant leads. Both victims received minor injuries and police said the robberies appear to be random opportunist attacks.

The descriptions of the robbers in both of the incidents are different, police said. The victim of the first mugging in North Church Street described his attackers as all being aged approximately 21. One had a brown complexion, with medium build, around 5'6", with low cut black hair.

The second had a clear complexion, with medium build and was about 5'7" with a small moustache and beard around the chin. He described the third man as having a brown complexion, brownish coloured hair in braids with a small moustache, while the 4th man had a brown complexion, black hair in single plait braids and styled cuts to the eyebrow.

The second 38-year-old victim described his attackers as being aged between 17 and 20 years old. The first was around 5'10", slim with a brown complexion, wearing a white marina. The second mugger was said to be about 5'10" with a dark complexion wearing a black pullover hoodie and black washout jeans. The third man was said to be 5'5" with a dark complexion, wearing plaid long pants and afro style hair.

The two street muggings come in the wake of a robbery of a visitor on the beach in East End last Thursday afternoon and a gas station robbery on Walkers Road in the early hours of Friday morning.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call George Town CID at 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 800-8477.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Cayman is going to become a no go tourist spot if something isnt done about this and fast!

    It has always been a safe island to visit and that is what attracts visitors . However if this carries on it will become the same as another poster mentioned ! All inclusive resorts surrounded by barbed wire!

     

    Come on RCIPS please do something and lock up these wasters for a long time to deter other muggers from repeat offending!

     

    I have been travelling to GC for 20 years and never have i felt unsafe! However the last couple of years im looking over my shoulder especially at night when we leave restaurants or i also think twice about going out for gas or even to collect a pizza at night! My wife gets worried when i sugges having dinner at one of my favourite restaurants as it has been robbed so many times!

     

    Save this wonderful island before its too late 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Coming to an island near you….all inclusive resorts surrounded by razor wire.

     

    So much for our tourism product.

  3. Anonymous says:

    cops dress as civilian couples and walk downtown these hours and you are bound to catch some of these guys. and give them a unpleasant surprise.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Economy need a boost.
    House insurance need to reduce.
    Health insurance need to reduce.
    Taxation “duty” needto reduce.
    Population needs to increase slightly.
    Most importantly money needs to circulate and politicians need to understand monetary circulation and the benefits of higher cash flow.
    Otherwise you have criminals or just general citizens doing odd things to put money in their pockets to provide for their families etc which = money switching hands to circulate once again. If the money doesn’t flow then crime and unrest will grow and economy becomes stagnant. Economic stimulus like increased govement spending only creates a bubble, basically a bandaid. Decreasing the taxes on certain items needed by local businesses however is a longer lasting stimulus.

    • Anonymous says:

      Only the criminally-minded can rationalize crime.  We enjoy nothing like the true poverty and squalor seen in some parts of the world with 10 or more people living in the same room.  Yet they aren't going out to club people like seals and snort cocaine like our local animals do.  There is no way anyone can convince me that crime is a necessary part of socio-economic circumstances.  It has everything to do with whether or not you were raised with a moral compass and whether there was any parenting.  People that are upset about this should spend a day at Big Brothers and Big Sisters and start being part of the solution.

    • slingshot says:

      Population needs to increase? Are you serious? You must not have been around when the population was 15,000 and Cayman was Heaven. Yes it was. 

  5. Anonymou says:

    What is disturbing is the growing trend for young people to use violence against those they believe they can bully or hurt.

    There has been something lacking in their upbringing to allow them to behave in this fashion is what calls itself a christian country.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Clear complexion? What is it?

    I am sure the attacks are related and now organized. And "local" people know exactly who they are, as well as many local policemen. You can EASILY find them, if the police had  little intelligence (…how can you fingertip a chair???..).  They prefer to act dumb, I believe..

  7. Anonymous says:

    These awful idiots are just a revolting blot on our otherwise 'safe' Island.

    RCIP – I used to hear of the police dressing up casual and walking into such areas as a sting, with their support in hiding.

    Get out on North Church Street, Eastern Avenue, Marquee Plaza, Night Club Car-Parks and do something pro-active about this mess. Why is it acceptable for our police to just keep saying that they are too busy?

    • Anonymous says:

      They are too busy because they are 99% expats.  The local (caymanian) police woul know who to look for and where tto find the perpetrators.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Description? 5' 7" male dark complection and slim build…what else?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Senseless!  Teach your children to live a basic life and not one of things.  If they never had it, they won't have a need for it.  Teach your children that stealing is a sin and if you do, there will be consequences if they are caught. Parents if you see your child with something that you have not bought for them, question them, as to where they got it from. Don't receive anything from someone if you know that person is not working, as the receiver is just as bad as the thief. On the otherhand, I urge the Police to please do not license anymore Silver Honda Civics. They have been sighted in many, much too many crimes on these Islands.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Island wide CCTV I think would be a deterrant – other than that, I'm not sure what can help prevent these types of crimes, asides from not going outside your door after dark!

    • Anonymous says:

      I'm sure Security Center will spend the whole day down loading video off of the poles.  I thought this would all be recorded at a central location…my bad.

    • Anynomous says:

      10:23  Yes these crimes can be prevented.  Maybe the police is not using their heads to think of ways to stop these types of muggings.

      The muggers are looking for tourist and fair skinned people to rob or persons who are walking the streets looking for you know what.

      The police need to send out some of their own dressed like a tourist walking the streets those hours of the morning.  When they are stopped  to be robbed by these hoodlums with knives and machetts, the police put a 38 special in their nose and arrest them.  If the police does not do something,  undercover, I guarantee that we are going to get Vigilantee force.  Someone else will do their dirty job for them.   It is starting again !!  so why should people be afraid to walk the streets of Cayman at nights.   Of course the police cannot be every where; but they can surely do more than they are doing.   Further more, the Commissioner of police only put guns in the hands of he kniow who !!!!  like Caymanians are idiots.  Commissioner please stop sending the Caymanians and Jamaicans police to go out there and arrest a man with a batton and a flash light, while the Criminal has a gun.  Select a group of trained Caymanians mixed with Foreign police . Mr Commissioner the public is quite aware of what go on in the police force.  You may think that we do not know, but we do. 

    • Anonymous says:

      CCTV was just a way to make a certain company's pockets filled.  The money they spent on the CCTV and still not finished was just another show of wasted monies.

  11. Anonymous says:

    With the newly installed cameras it shouldn't be a problem to identify silver the car, shoud it?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Welcome to the Thugman Islands, tourists.

    Remember the old Capital One commercials?  Our tourism ads should feature a smiling pirate saying "Where's your wallet?"

     

    • Anonymous says:

      This is what happens when we turn a blind eye to the small crimes, they escalade and then turn into cronic crimes.  Turn a blind eye to riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the road without light at night, graduate to driving a car without insurance and license, result in lose of driving license, job loss no income and money to survive, graduate to mugging of people.  No excuse, we need to refocus, we need to return to the days of law and order. 

  13. Anonymous says:

    Descriptions?

  14. NeoSurvivor says:

    I hope the victims of these muggings recover well.    Better to have given up your money than your life.  

     

    I'm not suggesting that people should resist, particularly in an environment where only the criminals have weapons.   However……… it would seem that the only legal tools still available to the law-abiding citizen is a cane.    When I walk with a cane, it is a very sturdy one made of cured Sea Grape, and is a tad longer than most canes.   

     

    Be safe, and hope that the RCIP can make a dent in these brutal criminals, because each and every one of the senseless crimes changes the perception by visitors (and us!) of the relative safety of The Cayman Islands.