The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continues to investigate the shooting of Mr. Kevin Newman in Grace Bay in the early hours of Friday 23rd June 2017. Mr. Newman was a visitor to the Islands and has returned to the US where he continues to receive medical treatment. Detectives from the RT&CIPF Serious Crime Team are actively following lines of enquiry to identify those responsible for what was a callous act in shooting Mr Newman. In addition, Detectives are also investigating other offences of robbery that have occurred in Providenciales although there is nothing to connect them to the assault of Mr Newman at this stage.
Acting Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said this morning:
“The shooting of Mr. Newman was a callous and cowardly attack and my thoughts are with Mr. Newman and his family as he recovers in hospital. My detectives are doing all they can to bring those responsible to justice. However, they need the help of the community. Someone knows or suspects who may have committed this act and I urge you to speak to one of my officers or, if you wish to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers on 1-800-8477 or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901.
I know the community and those visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands are concerned about the attack on Mr. Newman. To reassure the community, visitors and those who work within the tourism industry, addition visible policing has been deployed to key locations. My officers would welcome a chat with you if you are concerned. I myself worked with my team Saturday evening and I spoke to a number of tourists and partners providing security at the hotels and resorts in order to provide support to my teams and so that I can see for myself how we are seeking to reassure and engage with the community and visitors.
I would again ask that people remain alert and vigilant but not alarmed. Sensible precautions should be taken when walking around the Island late in the evening. These include taking licenced taxis where possible and walking together in groups. I would also advise not carrying more valuables than you need and to make use of safes and where they are available.
I am grateful for the public’s support and patience during what is a worrying time for the Islands. If you are concerned, speak to my officers, they are here to serve, support and assist you. My officers are working hard to keep you safe and we will use all available tools and tactics to prevent offences and bring those who seek to commit crime to justice. ”