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Police gang crackdown yields five arrests

Police make good on their promise making their presence felt in West Bay and beyond last night following the recent spate of violent gang crime.
Heavily armed officers, with the assistance of the RCIPS chopper, kept watch over the area hours after a shooting on Tuesday which left two men in hospital.
Police say they made five arrests yesterday to prevent gang-related activity.
Just before midnight police say they confronted a belligerent man who appeared to be in possession of a handgun. The 17-year-old suspect released a dog at the officers who shot and killed the dog.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent, resisting arrest and possession of ganja. He remains in custody.

Also relating to this matter a 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assaulting police and possession of an unlicensed firearm in connection with an incident on Sunday (30 October).
A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja and consumption.
Earlier Wednesday (2 November) a 25-year-old George Town man was arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm and breach of court bail relating to an incident on Sunday near Public Beach where a man was punched, beaten and threatened with a firearm.
And around 6 p.m. 2 November, a 24-year-old West Bay man was arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm after a man was beaten Tuesday on Birch Tree Hill Road.

Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis says the criminal activity may not only be the work of homegrown gangsters as he says some work permit holders and illegal migrants are also perpetuating Cayman’s gang culture.

“There is a collaboration taking place and people should be ashamed of themselves,” Mr Ennis says, calling out those within the community aiding and abetting gang activity in Cayman. And its something he says he’s going to deal with especially rooting out people coming into the islands on work permits and engaging in criminal acts.

“We will bring all resources to bear. So you are here on a work permit, but you are involved in criminal activities, you will be deported because I am going to make sure I am working with other party agencies to address this problem,” he says.

On Wednesday (2 November) the RCIPS issued an alert on escalating gang activity in West Bay after a spike in gang activity with three violent incidents in the space of 18 hours culminating in a shooting at Super C’s Restaurant where gunmen shot indiscriminately into a crowd.

“I’m not gonna just sit idly by and not do anything and my officers have decided they are going to respond as instructed,” he says. And Mr. Ennis says women will be dealt with in the same manner as the men.

“If they are going to get themselves associated with these lowlifes then they are gonna expect the full force of the law as well,” he says.

Mr Ennis assures his officers will act within the law, adding only those on the wrong side of it need be in fear.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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