Cops attacked with pepper spray

| 28/05/2020
Cayman News Service
Simon Julio Newball

(CNS) UPDATED: Police have now revealed that the George Town man they are looking for who threatened officers with a machete and attacked them with pepper spray on Wednesday is Simon Julio Newball (43). Police are now asking the public to help police track him down.

Newball is around 5 feet 6 inches tall, slim build with a light brown complexion. He is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached by members of the public.

He is wanted on suspicion of threats to kill, possession of a restricted weapon and other offenses relating to the incident yesterday,

Anyone who sees him is encouraged to call 911 immediately.

Newball is accused of fleeing from police at an address off Walkers Road after they were sent to the location in response to a report. When they arrived at the location, a man who is suspected to be Newball attempted to obstruct the officers in their duties.

It is not clear what type of report the police were responding to, but Newball was said to have brandished a machete and pepper spray then assaulted officers with the spray before fleeing the location.

The RCIPS said the affected officers have undergone decontamination, and efforts are currently underway to locate and apprehend the man.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Most Cayman judges have been unserious about violent criminals for years. This is one of the results.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s concerning that trained police officers, who have undergone pepper spray exposure, or should have, were taken so unaware and unprepared to fight back. Oleo-capsicum is nasty, it burns and hurts like hell. But officers need to be able to fight through in case of self contamination and not only adequately defend themselves, but also able to overcome an attacker. This could have ended an lot worse for these officers considering it would appear that they were immediately incapacitated.
    From personal experience, RCIPS training is based upon ensuring low standards are the normal level of qualification because they are training less than adequate candidates in the first place.
    Stop hiring the mediocre and raise the bar, competent training saves lives.

    • Anonymous says:

      @ 10.34 I have it on good authority that officers don’t get exposed to pepper spray in training now. So they have no idea how to ‘fight through it’.

      • Anonymous says:

        And I rest my case. To not expose officers is just plain stupid. Different people respond to OC spray in different ways. How the hell will they ever learn their own tolerance unless they experience exposure.
        Another example of a snowflake mentality at the top. Get a grip and toughen up Chief!!!

  3. Junior says:

    Mad as a box of frogs

  4. Anonymous says:

    @2.58pm At 43 he could have taught himself and learnt something more positive to do with and in life. Some just don’t want to.

  5. Str8Talk says:

    Read the Yolanda Forde report and you will understand many of these men and women from that generation.

    Some of you self-righteous people would never understand others.

    CNS: The link you left didn’t work but the report is in the CNS Library here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can you summarize your view based on that report, 8:18, on the issue of understanding “many of these men and women from that generation”?. I suspect it would help people if you did because reports like the Forde Report tend to be big on the whole “society failed them/fall through the cracks ” scenario so prominent in our western liberal world.

  6. Anonymous says:

    that shotgun wasn’t close enough and had the wrong grain of pellets, he got sprayed with a few pellets, next time he might not be so lucky, but the poster is right he never changed

  7. Anonymous says:

    Just like how they past CoVid law they need pass repeat offenders get 20 to life law stop let these waste people roam this Island

    • Anonymous says:

      Can’t do that, the Cayman human rights commission would have an fit!

      it really highlights their priorities given their silence has been defining for all these laws curfews and infringement on our rights recently…

      • Wan says:

        Your Grammar teacher would have a fit…

        • Anonymous says:

          Product of the government school system!

          • Anonymous says:

            Product of his mother and father. The govt school not responsible for him.

        • Grammar teacher says:

          The capital G is wrong here; teacher is a common noun and grammar is a regular adjective. The ellipses are unnecessary.

          • Anonymous says:

            The grammar police never learn to quadruple spell check, scan with word, phone a friend and say a little prayer for perfection before they post their useless comments…lol…

      • Anonymous says:

        Silence started round about the time the got rid of James Austin Smith. Jut shows. Not even a Caymanian and he cares more about our rights than the great and the good in our society do.

    • Anonymous says:

      We don’t have a big enough jail for that…it would literally need to be triple current size, no joke.

  8. Ex-police says:

    Newball has been in and out of prison for over 30yrs.
    He is one of the worst crimals in the Cayman Islands.
    He is renowned for assualting law enforcement officers.
    He is known to carry a firearm and isn’t scared of using it.
    He also allegedly has committed some very serious crimes which unfortunately there wasn’t enough evidence which would have given him a life sentence.

    I usually don’t say this but there are the occasional person that doesn’t belong on this planet and he is one of them. He survived a shotgun shot to his face and of course the police and medical staff saved him, but of course he hasn’t changed.

    Not the smartest criminal, he always goes back to his mother’s when wanted in the early hours of the morning, his mother has never and will never hand him over and protects him.

    He’s a nasty piece of work, if you see him, just call the police and leave.

    • Anonymous says:

      @ 4.04 So homegrown talent then?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think they’ll probably put him in long term storage after this one. And yes, a condom would have helped 43 years ago. Let’s make those more available to would be single-moms and their deadbeat absentee fathers. Why are those still locked behind the counter?

      • Anonymous says:

        Why are plastic gizmos and tshirts given away at the drop of a hat but condoms have to be bought?!

    • Anonymous says:

      Newball wasn’t even given a chance in life and this is what you get. Sad story.

      • Anonymous says:

        Can you substantiate that claim, 2:58? Or is it just the usual “society did not blah blah blah”? I ask as an old teacher who tried to help him from his very early primary school days and found him to be unusually vicious, disruptive and unresponsive to help at an age when children are not usually like that but I could not discern that his background was any worse or even as bad as many many other children at that time.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t pepper spray illegal here? Oh, not, that’s mace. Wait, what?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Governor and Commissioner taking action? Man you sure are funny!

  11. Anonymous says:

    pepper spray…mmmm…incapacitated

  12. Anonymous says:

    700 plus curfew tickets, prosecutions, and arrests for “crimes” such as paddle boarding alone outside ones home or visiting a loved one in hospital… its hard for me to have much sympathy for these officers when we are forced to live in a police state with arbitrary and capricious infringements on our rights, zero accountability, and no plan

    If the Governor and Commissioner don’t come to their senses soon, I think this unfortunate incident will foreshadow far more tragic events…. people are financially destroyed, hungry, and getting desperate

    • Anonymous says:

      You know why they were after him, right? Nothing to do with curfew breaking, or being unemployed and stealing to put money on the table.

      • Anonymous says:

        0 % success rate apprehending violent criminals, exceptional success rate harassing people on the beach or in the water, or at the grocery store!

        Time to reset he priorities…

        • Anonymous says:

          Gotta love it when people pull statistics out of their ass. So you think all those violent criminals in Northward just walked themselves in?

        • Anonymous says:

          Bully’s are often cowards when confronted.

    • Anonymous says:

      A two second Google of this recidivist trashes your hard luck theory.