Police on hunt for suspected killer

| 07/03/2018 | 81 Comments
Elmer Wright, Cayman News Service

Elmer Wright

(CNS): The police have put out an urgent appeal for information on the whereabouts of Elmer Watler Wright (24), who has been described as armed and dangerous. Police have not indicated why they are seeking Wright, who is from George Town, but CNS has learned from other sources, he is the prime suspect in last night’s murder in Prospect. The victim, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, is understood to be the suspect’s uncle. Wright is currently on bail, wearing an electronic tag, as he was recently charged with firearms-related offences.

The RCIPS is requesting urgent public assistance in locating Wright, who is often seen in the Prospect area. He is just under 6’ tall, weighs about 165-175 lbs, and is of light complexion. Police made it clear that he is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached or followed. If anyone sees him they are asked to call 911 immediately to report the location and time of the sighting.

Wright is understood to be suspected of shooting his uncle dead on Prospect Drive last night at around 10pm when, it is understood, witnesses heard several gunshots.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the RCIPS Major Incident Room at 649-4502. Anonymous tips can be provided to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Section 7 of the Conditional Release Law 2014 (get out of jail when only 60 percent time served) and the earlier section 29 of the Prisons Law contributed to these events. Neither makes any distinction between persons convicted of violent offences and those convicted of non-violent offences. Persons convicted of violent offences including rape, home invasion, armed robbery, etc should not be eligible for early release except in very exceptional circumstances. Repeat violent offenders should NEVER be eligible for early release. These laws need to be changed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Probably just out hunting wabbits.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Maybe for the sake of clarity someone should explain that the Police do not grant bail. Those type of orders are strictly with the court. Even if the Police is against it, after risking there life on such criminals. We must remember we want the police to run in the front of a bullet for the public and we want the police to protect us, while same time we calling them Dogs and disrespecting them. (Not all public disrespect the police).

    Every time there is a criminal on criminal murder we try to say its somebody’s fault. The blame is on the Criminals and we are quick to say that the criminal is somebody’s child.

    Well I have news for all of you.

    The Policeman or Woman is somebody’s child as well and they are the ones up at night and dealing with the real life situation while we can sleep behind closed doors.

    Time to respect the Police and learn the Justice system.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    We have a CCTV system that is a failure, license plate tracking which is a failure and now parolee tagging failure, is it any wonder criminals laugh at the police, and incompetent governance.

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  5. Good over Evil says:

    Stop blaming the police and politicians.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Very sad and very unfortunate. Sounds like it could have been prevented.

  7. Da Bracster says:

    I am not surprise this govt run by Alden Franz and Mckeeva is guilty of so many things that is destroying Cayman and its people nd all the while praising themselves yet not one peep out the Deputy leader and his underlings too busy sorting out their very own financial status and wealth. While the island goes to hell. You voted for them Cayman and you need to embrace it

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  8. Anonymous says:

    When you have a parole board consisting of expats seeking PR and well to do Caymanians appointed by the DG who are totally out of touch with the reality of our streets these unfortunately are the outcomes you get extremely dangerous criminals back on our streets. Its time changes be made to these types of boards where plods and disciples of those in leadership don’t get to pick their friends and minions to these crucial positions who threaten our safety and well being. Reduce Crime now Cayman call your MLA to make these necessary changes.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Am I the only the person left scratching my head about the ridiculousness of this situation. If the authorities can’t find a suspect who is wearing a monitoring tag, how much confidence can the public be expected to have in their abilities. In a modern world we would have been monitoring him and should be able to put him at the location when the murder occurred. Once again it would appear that we have very outdated equipment for which we as a country paid a premium price very similar to the CCTV cameras. Could it be that the same company provided both sets of crime fighting equipment?

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    • Anonymous says:

      That’s right blame the parole board for upholding the law. God forbid we blame the low life POS for his own behaviour. Vote to change the law if you don’t like it, most of us can’t.

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    • Fred the Piemaker says:

      Why would Expat’s seeking PR have any interest in letting dangerous criminals out early? Not exactly popular and not in line with improving the community in which you want to live. Or is your point that they don’t understand the streets?

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Mandatory early release for violent criminals has to end. As a previous comment notes this guy was sentenced to 9 years 6 years ago and was released back onto our streets. He then ends up on bail due to other firearms offences and is again released back onto our streets. Even our current politicians ought to be able to see that there is a problem here.

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    • Noneyah says:

      Well at the time he was sentenced the prison law was different being that a prison year was calculated at 8 months which was the equivalent of a calendar year, so his sentenced amounted to 72 months or 6 years which he had served, so he had to be released. So @ 7:17 its certainly nothing to do with mandatory early release it was mandatory to release him due to him serving his time. The law has now changed to 60/40 which every prisoner must do 60 percent of whatever time they are sentenced before they are eligible to sit the conditional release board, they can opt not too do so as well. Him ending up on bail has nothing to do with the politicians but rather the courts. The courts are responsible for granting bail and its the defense attorneys job to persuade the courts that bail should be allowed while the prosecutor is supposed to convince the judge that bail should not and that allowing bail the individual poses a real threat of committing further offenses, clearly the DPP did not do so or even if they did the judge may have found reasons why he/she should have. I am not sure what sort of legislation that the politicians can bring that is a balanced approach so as to not infringe on the rights of individuals or natural justice. Its the law that’s how it works they sometimes get it right other times they get it wrong, sad but true.

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  10. Dunz says:

    All of those below and above asking why he can not be traced by his Tag, the reason is that he can not be traced if he cuts it off.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Then tag are useless then, if you can just cut it and move on from it.

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      • Fred the Piemaker says:

        Cut it off and it should trigger an alarm. When the police find you your bail is revok d and you go to jail pending trial. Of course if you are being hunted by the police for murder you may be a little more concerned about being found than losing your bail!

      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe he cut his leg off and tied it to a billy goat.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Let’s take time to reflect on Aldens rant about reducing the amount of guns being smuggled in. We can’t hold any of these politicians to their word today, after all they lie just as good as the hardened criminals. A corrupt government and failed democracy to blame.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    You can read the anger and frustration in the system that allowed this murder suspect back on the streets.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned that he’s wearing an electronic tag and should be easy to find.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    He was given 9 years, 6 years ago. Therein lies the problem.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Time for 20 year minimum for gun possession. Sentence to be served in UK or US.

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      • Noneyah says:

        @6:55am , exactly why should they have to serve the time in the US or the UK? Just trying to figure out what difference it makes. Because for one to the best of my knowledge serving a sentence in the UK is calculated as night and day meaning if the sentence is 20 years they serve 10 years so they still serve the maximum sentence that would be imposed here, so again whats the point in shipping them off, further to my point prisons elsewhere are far worse than here hence the real possibility of them becoming even worse criminals than they are now, save for the possibility of not being killed by another inmate they will come right back here. Plus the our government still has to pay for it. Just my two cents

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        • Anonymous says:

          Sentencing done here. Just serve time there where it’s cold and miserable. There’s a precident.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why should he go to the US? They have enough problems, don’t need to take in anyone elses.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Question: If he is wearing an electronic tag, why don’t the police know where he is?

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Nice job cops how about some risk assessment before bail. It never ceases to piss me off with the incompetent justice system here. Our police always complain about lack of staff and budget as an excuse for laziness. If I see Elmer I’ll leave him alone. These police need to stop expecting us to do their job for them. As if having him in jail will make any difference. Police need to start shooting these crimminals in the face and stop letting them shoot first.

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    • alaw says:

      You should know that’s not how our laws work

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    • Anonymous says:

      These foreign cops are not going to expose their asses to dangerous assignments, they want to stay healthy so that they can retire in their country of origin with a fat CIG pension which will give them more buying power than their fellow citizens and probably that of the average Caymanian.

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      • Anonymous says:

        You obviously don’t hire American cops. Maybe you should consider it. Tell me an American gang crime unit wouldn’t make mince meat of these wannabe gangsters? You would see them running and cying to immigration and politicians whinning about police brutality .

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        • Anonymous says:

          Amen to that. These punks might think twice about idolizing gangster rappers once hard-core cowboys ride south with easy triggers.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This says it all “wearing an electronic tag” – just as helpful as the island wide CCTV system

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Electronic tag ? And you can’t find him ?
    Guilty of firearm related offences ? And he walks a free man (boy) ?
    This has to be cayman at its finest.
    Pathetic.

    Caymanian !!! The gays are coming. GET YOU PRIORITIES IN ORDER !!!

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  19. Anonymous says:

    wearing an electronic tag???

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Well, that bail decision worked out well.

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    • Rick says:

      In the Cayman Islands, you are entitled to bail. You are not given bail. To remove you entitlement, you have to go to court and face quite a high bar.

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      • Jotnar says:

        What, like being out on licence for the remaining time on your sentence of imprisonment when you are then arrested for firearms offences? Doesn’t seem that high a bar to me – hell, I thought if you got early release and were arrested for spitting on the sidewalk before the time on your original sentence elapsed you would be on remand.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Whar high bar— this is a repeated gun and drug offender. Is this not enough of a safety issue to go to court with. Charge them and let them ask a court for bail. If you never try it how do you know its a high bar? The police bail concept is just useless especially when cash bail is never required.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t the police be able to track him if he’s wearing an electronic tag?

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  22. Junior says:

    Tick tick tick, the countdown begins

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  23. Anonymous says:

    I guess “wearing an electronic tag” should read “used to be wearing “?

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  24. Anonymous says:

    should be easy to findsince he is wearing a tag

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  25. Anonymous says:

    He is wearing an electronic tag! How hard can it be on an island of 80 sq miles to find him?

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Jeez, you couldn’t make this stuff up…

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  27. Anonymous says:

    I am sure he has washed his hair by now, and will look totally different.

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  28. Anonymous says:

    What the hell am I reading!? We need Rodrigo Duterte (Filipino president) to teach our spineless premier and CoP how to deal with these scumbags!

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  29. Anonymous says:

    Not an expat. What the xenophobes gonna say now?

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    • Anonymous says:

      He’s Honduran.

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    • Pit of vipers says:

      They’re going to say that you’re a bigot and an antagonist. Why not help find solutions instead of being part of the problem? After all, you are part of this community too, aren’t you?

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  30. Anonymous says:

    If he’s wearing a tag, surely the police can track him?! – If not someone needs to lose their job

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  31. Anonymous says:

    “Wright is currently on bail, wearing an electronic tag, as he was recently charged with firearms-related offences”. All you need read to understand what is wrong with our system.

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  32. tetueliv345 says:

    So he is wearing an ankle monitor but the Police cant find him? Did he cut it off?

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  33. Anonymous says:

    So what is the use of an electronic tag?

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    • Barry says:

      Another waste of the Cayman Islands and governments money! Fancy government vehicle that’s only getting destroyed and useless equipment that you can’t rely on. What a waste!!!

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    • Dunz says:

      For people who it is felt are able to live in the community with strict guidelines such as a curfew. No use if they cut it off.

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