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Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019

TCI Police photo from the Bight crime scene of ninth murder, August 31 2019

#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – September 4, 2019 — Police patrols will be beefed up following yet another murder and this time, the man killed is a visitor to the Turks and Caicos Islands; for many it is a worst fear realised.

Magnetic Media is informed that the man was residing in Cooper Jack Bay in Providenciales; the guest of an attorney working in the Turks and Caicos Islands on the SIPT trial.  The victim was one of two people ambushed in the house in this upscale neighbourhood and villa rental district. 

TCI Police reported: “According to reports, two masked men, armed with guns entered the home and demanded money from the two occupants of the home. During the Robbery, the male victim who is a visitor to the Island, sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to Hospital by EMT’s where he later succumbed to his injuries. The second male received non-life-threatening injuries.”

Residents are reacting strongly once again to the report and now with baited breath as to the potential negative and international backlash this sinister incident will create.

Violent crimes, involving guns against American tourists have resulted in a Level 2 Alert for the TCI by the US Department of Homeland Security for 2019; which despite its low crime rate is cited for being unable to identify criminals, solve cases and make arrests.

New Police Commissioner, Trevor Botting confirmed that this is the tenth murder.  A record-breaking figure and the second homicide investigation launched in just four days. 

“While our Officers are working hard to combat crime, we are asking the public for help with information they may have, to call Crime Stoppers anonymously. In light of the recent incidents over the last several days, the public should expect to see a further increase of Police patrols throughout Providenciales, specifically in the hot spots. We are asking you, the public for your patience in the event you are randomly pulled over by one of my Officers”.

The commissioner of police offered “deepest sympathy” to the family of the victim.

Trevor Botting, TCI Police Commmisioner

Magnetic Media learned of the shooting early this morning; the crime happened around 11 pm on September 3, 2019.

The TCI Police Serious Crimes Unit is working the homicide, explained the police report. 

“Taken from the victims were an undisclosed amount of cash, a ring and a watch. Anyone with information into this incident please call 911 or call Crime Stoppers.”

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