Tourist mugged by cyclist in George Town

| 27/08/2016 | 80 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS): A woman visiting the Cayman Islands was attacked Friday night on the street near to Sunset House by a man on a bicycle. Police received the report yesterday evening at about 9.20pm from the victim, who said she was robbed as she walked along South Church Street in George Town. The 26-year-old tourist said she was approached by the cyclist, who took her handbag. She received minor injuries in the mugging.

Police are asking anyone else who was approached yesterday evening in the area or who may have any information on the incident to call George Town CID on 949-4222.

Anonymous tips can be made via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 (TIPS).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    12:15 I don’t agree with anyone stealing. But people need to understand these people are not high school graduates or college level. They are not any different then any other poor person with not many choices in any other part of the world. We would have to agree if you have travel as I have you have seen people stealing in other countries, have you not?
    Is there anybody teaching any of these people anything to solve their problem? Central America has killed people after robbing them. Do we want things to escalate? Then lets stop playing the fool and solve the problem. The solution is jobs.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac didn’t think of those things when he granted status to 3000 of them, who have now bred another 300o of their own kind.

  2. anonymous says:

    Wow,
    So in times of hardship robbing people is justifiable?
    Crisis creates opportunities and many thrive under any economic conditions. Those folks who make shopping bags from recycled feed sacks did just that for example. There are many just like them here. Lots of truly hard working decent human beings.
    Many good money making ideas were mentioned in the comments here. You have endless supply of iguanas to make money of their skin and meat; starting essential oils distillery was another brilliant idea.
    Ask professional accounting firms to help you with market analysis, business plan. I am sure no one will turn you away.
    So your comment (11.14pm) is rather disturbing.
    CIG should also help people with implementing totally new ideas which in the long run would benefit everyone.

  3. Anonymous says:

    New York 9/11 (thousands dead and injured).
    London 7/7 (hundreds killed and injured).
    Paris November 2015 (hundreds dead and injured) .
    Brussels airport bombing (dozens of casualties).
    Munich mass shooting (multiple deaths and injuries).
    Madrid train bombing (deaths and injuries).
    Norway mass shooting (over 70 dead and more casualties).
    Nice, France: truck rampage (100+ deaths and injuries combined).
    Orlando mass shooting (dozens dead and injured).

    Yes, clearly Cayman should be placed at the top of world’s most dangerous tourist destinations.

    There is no question crime has increased in recent years but some of us really need to put things in perspective. Personally, I am thankful to be discussing the incident of an unarmed robbery as opposed to the above or an assassinated local politician in the name of Caymanian-ness.

    For example, if any of us touchdown in any of the aforementioned tourist destinations tomorrow we will face the threat of being randomly blown up, shot, beheaded, mowed down and all other sorts of wicked acts – in addition to the regular everyday higher crime rates of robbery, assault, etc.

    Amazing how this world works eh?

    – Who

    • anonymous says:

      @Who
      You are comparing apples and oranges. Terrorist acts to regular crimes. You also forgot to calculate per capita figures.
      When pretty much every business in Grand Cayman has a security guard(s) and doors are locked during regular business hours (open on demand), that means something is fishy here. Go pay your electricity or internet bill for example, can’t get in unless they allow you to enter.
      Yes, removing the Cayman Islands from the safe territories list would make visitors more vigilantwhen they decide to visit.

      • Anonymous says:

        No. I am comparing safety to safety!
        What difference does it make how a tourist is killed? Dead is dead.

        When all is said and done, Cayman remains a VERY safe tourist destination.

        Rass …

        – Who

    • Anonymous says:

      Once again, your response fully shows why Cayman is spiraling down, because Cayman continues to compare itself to worse off situations/places, rather than striving to improve. So you and others keep on with a “head-in-the-sand” mentality, pacifying yourselves into believing that all is dandy.

      As often as you post, one would think that you are well aware of the sexual assault on a horse, man half beaten to death, various arrest related to fire arms possession, home invasion with rape, coach accused of sexual assault on teenagers etc etc. all in the span of what, less than a week?

      I am sorry, but I can go to other places with a 60,000 people population and read half of the crime related news in the paper I am reading here.

      You are making excuses, and you compare apples to oranges. There is NO excuse whatsoever that the crime rate in Cayman is what it is, given its size and small population.

      With your logic, its ok to steal a $ 100 because elsewhere they rob a bank? Come on!

      • Anonymous says:

        You are incredibly dull and boring.

        – Who

        • Anonymous says:

          I would invite anyone to check out the ctime figures for the Isle of Man. Roughly the same size, bigger population yet not even 10 per cent of Cayman’s crime happens there.
          There are a few other countries that can be compared too.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well things are changing a lot in Cayman? Why would this man do this? Let me make a prediction, you haven’t seen nothing yet. New way of life less fishing ,cost of living going through the roof, medical insurance now a law too expensive unless you have a job. Then you can get group. Pension scheme robbed 1/2 of pension. A pack of grapes can be $11-13. Elect. still too high. Plus no jobs for new Caymanians or old.
    Projects by Gov’t taking too long, Ironwood road still not started, it could give so much money to Caymanians and their families, plus Gov’t. NCL needs a letter from owners to explain why they should be choosed for selection for Gov’t to purchase or lease their property ? I guess there is no one qualified that knows ? The list goes on and on.
    But keep blaming unqualified people for not having a job it sounds good in polite conversation.

    • Anonymous says:

      I lost my 70,000 dollar job due to reduction in force 3 years ago and instead of robbing I am working 2-3 jobs(they are temp jobs). They are not in my career field and they are not what I am educated to do (I have 3 certificates and a master’s degree), but at this time, after 3 years of job searching, this is what I have to do to keep paying my mortgage and putting food on my table. Robbing someone has never entered my mind!

  5. anonymous says:

    This is terrible!! Thank God she wasn’t injured!

    As a local I tell every tourist I speak to when they approach me to be very careful because Cayman is not how it use to be.

    Had friends of my daughter visiting just few weeks back, and I warned them to keep a look out and be alert. Sad state of affairs but I just had to, my conscience would not allow me to do otherwise.

    People we can no longer pretend that Cayman is the peaceful tranquil island of yesteryear. Something need to be done and now, to deter these scumbags!!

    This is yet another negative blow for tourism, and sad to say it, but I truly believe it will only get worst. They will continue to rob locals residence and tourist.

    Politicians…all of you…and RCIPS…what is the plan?!

  6. hamburgler bars says:

    You obviously haven’t been paying attention. This isn’t the first crime in South Sound. Break ins on the increase, bodies, or parts thereof dumped in the bin, eco-pillaging of the waterfront and the interior, hit and run murder. How is it this handbag is the big deal?

  7. SSM345 says:

    Can we just put these a**holes on the same plateau as the green iguanas and eradicate them?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Cayman is on the safe list of a very select FEW islands in the Caribbean that are considered safe to visit. I’m sorry, but Cayman is about to be kicked off of that safe list and put on the big list of all the other Caribbean islands that are not safe to visit meaning “travel at your own risk”. It’s best for Cayman to be put on the unsafe list now, so as to not fool the Tourists into thinking they are coming to a safe island. At least this gives them the awareness and knowledge that they MUST be alert and careful at all times and take no chances. It is cruel to advertise Cayman as safe, it is no longer safe for locals nor tourists, nor animals!!

    Cayman should now be on the sh*t list!

    • Anonymous says:

      A mugging still makes the news in Cayman. It is such a rare occurrence that it makes the news – that makes Cayman still pretty safe.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This needs to go viral. Cayman has a deceptive culture of hiding the truth,
    I hope this person hits all the social media possible and shouts from the rooftops what kind of a crime problem we have here.

    Yes, we have a crime problem in the Cayman Islands. Our law enforcement does not have it under control. If you are thinking about coming here on vacation, be absolutely sure of your safety.

    • Anonymous says:

      This has been reported in the first newspaper after it occurred so what are you ranting about? Any chance to bash Cayman no matter how irrelevant.

  10. Sunny says:

    The Judicial system should implement some harsher penalties when crimes are committed against our tourist. As a matter of fact no matter who it is.

    • Diogenes says:

      Why? Because they represent 30% of our GDP? You may as well extend the rule to crimes against members of the financial services industry on that basis. A crime is a crime – same penalty irrespective of victim. Of course, for there to be a penalty you have to catch them first…

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have long ago suggested that in addition to stopping cars, police aggressively and randomly stop also people on foot and on bikes to ID them and to also link back with immigration regarding their immigration status as applicable. In this day and age, they should be able to do this right then and there before they let the person leave again. Officers on bikes or foot can carry the respective software to undertake these checks via Ipad (or other tablet). There are soooo many people lingering around Walkers Road, Eastern Avenue, BT public beach etc and you got toa wonder why they can hang around during the day and during the week with seemingly nothing to do…..

    The responses I received back then when I made these suggestions is that people thought that this would lead to profiling and “innocent” citizens don’t want to be harassed in this manner.

    If you have nothing to hide then why is it an issue if police undertakes an ID and immigration check on you randomly if they are doing this to keep the Island and its resident safe? But no, we rather allow all kind of people lingering and loitering around all over the place rather than “inconveniencing” anyone!

    • anonymous says:

      You have got to be kidding.

    • Anonymous says:

      A police state? Scary.

    • Diogenes says:

      And how do Caymanians demonstrate their status?

      • Anonymous says:

        Easy. The Immigration Law sets out the process. The CIO is required to confirm the status of any Caymanians within 14 days and at no charge.

        • Diogenes says:

          So in response to 8.43ams suggestion when a police officer stops you and asks you to confirm your immigration status so he can check it “there and then”, you say you are a Caymanian and the police officer does what – waits 14 days for the response? You see the point – 8.43ams police state will only work if everybody – Caymanian or non, has to carry an ID card at all times with a real time database available to check it against. We cant even get a CCTV system that works properly, quite apart from the civil liberties issues.

    • So says:

      If I have nothing to hide, why do I need to reveal anything to anyone? As a Caymanian in Cayman is it not my right to be left alone in peace? If I was accused and connected to an incident I would provide what I need to resolve the situation but whether I’m enjoying a walk along the beach, or a jog in around my neighborhood, mind your own business and leave me in peace. It’s not my fault the place is over running with criminals. It’s not my fault our government has failed us.

    • Al Catraz says:

      But who will protect the police from having their iPads stolen?

  12. MM says:

    Not good, not good.

  13. Anonymous says:

    it would help if cops cracked down on all night time ‘cyclists’ who go around with no lights/reflectors……

  14. Anonymous says:

    Description? I know two guys who are known thieves and always ride bicycles in that area as i live nearby. (I have advised police before). A decent description and i could easily say whether it was one of them and give their names…..again.

    • Diogenes says:

      or you could just give the police both names.

      • Anonymous says:

        One of them is well known but is the druggie son of a prominent member of society. Ask anyone on Point Four who they think it was. The answers will almost be the same.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Once again where is this improvement of policing in Cayman that so often quoted since Baines left in May? Get real as crime is endemic on this island!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Here we go. Cayman will soon be like the rest of the Islands in the region. Tourist will have to stay on the compound and not venture off to the rest of the island.

    • Brian says:

      Soon? Take a look around you bud….there’s security guard at every restaurant and supermarket, there’s gated communities hurricane shutters over Windows for those that cannot live in gated communties. I think we are already there.

      • Anonymous says:

        Tell me where your from: There is not security at the restaurants & grocery stores in my neighborhood ( in US) or bars on my windows.
        I do have to say I was just on holiday in Cayman- felt safe, had a wonderful holiday, but there were incidents going on that week that were quite disturbing. (pony, fete).
        Also do realize purse snatching happen everywhere & police can not be at every corner. It does hurt tourism so best to stop that from happening quickly & best way for that is community to get involved in turning these people in.

        • anonymous says:

          7.48 is talking about Grand Cayman. You can’t even walk into a business, to pay a bill for exampe or a hair salon without them unlocking their front door if they find it is a safe thing to do.

        • Anonymous says:

          The US is worst than here guaranteed lol

          • Anonymous says:

            I (6:33 am) live in the US and my neighborhood does Not have security guards, locked doors etc.
            There are many places in the US where safety is not a major issue

          • Anonymous says:

            @6:03 pm
            The police in the US, UK or Canada actually does its work well. People in the US do not tolerate sexual (or any) abuse of children, animals and there are draconian laws for such crimes.
            There are no security guards at every establishment in the US as it is in the Cayman Islands.
            So it is NOT worse taking into account the population and territory of the US vs. The Cayman Islands .

            • Anonymous says:

              7:29 am That is so of some areas but not all so stop please.

              Yes Cayman is far from perfect and crime is rising which is terrible for us all, locals residents and tourist. But I tell you what, despite that, I rather be right here on this rock than in the US and especially if that Persian cat hair man running gets in.

              Naturally with the US having such a huge population and being so vast, there will be areas with little to no crime. But the US as a country is far damn far from perfect and have sick shit taking place all the time.

              Day in an out child molestation still take place violence robberies, and the other crap you spouting takes place and go unnoticed and unsolved too. Kidnaping, rape, murders and hate crime takes place every second daily and consistently.

              Racist police killing off nonwhites for simply rolling a cigarette or walking grafting a bldg. How about the one where the black teacher held up his hands when he was attempting to assist the child with mental issues.

              Idiot people of all colors including blacks perpetrating all types of crimes including going into schools, workplaces, cinemas shooting students, colleagues or you or me because they feel wronged, were terminated or upset because of your and my ethnicity. Or simply because its a place where someone different from them gather, like a black church or a gay night club.

              Do you recall how many in the US have murdered their own children, siblings or parent?! Break down on the road if you bad in some areas, especially if you nonwhite. For christ say the KK is alive and demonstrating in some areas. Two nuns were murdered last week! But its everyones right to bear arms… so what else can be expected.

              Thank you, but I will take my chance on this rock. Because while it is a lot worst than it was here, and drastic measures need to be put in place to put a stop to it, it is still better than many places.

              It is also very unsafe in many of these countries especially the US and more so now with all the cowardly terrorist attacks. Worst thing happen there combined with the same things that take place here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ritz folk already do that. I met some on a flight out recently. I inquired how they liked their stay.They did nothing outside what was arranged by Ritz organizers , including boat outings. Did not rent a car & drive to Rum Point , didn’t walk down West Bay Rd , although they said they did walk down the ‘short 7 mile beach’ in their words , when I inquired they meant the beach in front of the Ritz, directly. They golfed also, on the Ritz course and not N.S. / Dart land golf.

      • Al Catraz says:

        The Kimpton is going to be the same way. Closing off West Bay Road and getting a deeper swath of beachfront property is ideal for setting up the sort of closed compound resorts one finds on other islands.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Dog eating your supper.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Caymankind ?

    • Anonymous says:

      Tell us more about where your from?

      • Anonymous says:

        I would bet they are from the UK or from the Commonwealth and works in the tourism sector and was told about their ass at Starfish Beach by me.

        Waterlogged Driftwood !!

    • Anonymous says:

      Your contribution is as usual…….useless

    • Anonymous says:

      The government cannot tag-line its way to a safer island.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is terrible. It could well be a Caymanian who did this, but it could also be a Brit, a Canadian,, an American, a Jamaican, or any of the other representatives of all the countries/ islands incarcerated at HMP Northward. You idiot who always comes up with your Caymankind crap really should remember that. All countries have there diviants and yes many of them are home grown but please do not forget that many washed up on our shores as well. The difference is the washed up ones steals much more than a handbag. I hope whoever he is will soon be caught.

      • Anonymous says:

        @7:34 pm – Are you saying that Caymanian thieves/robbers/muggers only steal items that are equal to or less than the value of a handbag?

      • Anonymous says:

        Can you name any Brit in Northward for mugging, burglary, sexual assault or drug dealing – these elite crimes seem to be rserved for our elite homegrown talent.

        • Anonymous says:

          Trust me ALOT are there

          • Anonymous says:

            Define alot? My understanding is that approximately 95% of the inmates are Caymanian…….now that is ALOT of Caymanians or is this another set of statistics that our local people deny is true?

    • anonymous says:

      9.58pm
      Are you a parrot who memorised just one word?

  19. Sharkey says:

    I wonder when would Government wake-up and see that these crimes are destroying the Islands Tourism industry .

  20. Anonymous says:

    6:38pm – Doubt it

  21. Anonymous says:

    Where were cops on their bikes?

  22. Michel says:

    I hope they catch this scum of the earth. Robbing a tourist is a serious issue. When you do catch him , no leniency please.

    • Anonymous says:

      @5:34 am
      “Robbing a tourist is a serious issue.”…
      is robbing a local less serious?

      • Anonymous says:

        Bluntly, yes. Robbing a local hurts a local. Robbing a tourist hurts EVERYONE!

      • Anonymous says:

        No, is not, but the minute the island becomes a crime paradise them there will be no locals to rob. and yes, like it or not, when the headlines say “tourist” is worst. get out of the bubble and back to reality.

        • Anonymous says:

          9:25 don’t you mean, “the minute the island becomes a crime paradise then there will be no tourists to rob,” ?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Caymankind – giving visitors to our shores that special kind of welcome.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I believe this is a first – handbag snatching on South Church Street, crime is definitely on the rise.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Yes CCTV footage please, if no then what is their purpose.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Idc?

  27. Cheese Face says:

    CCTV?

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