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Monday Morning Attempted Bank Robbery foiled by victim, but we still haven’t heard from TCI Police

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#TurksandCaicos, May 27, 2022 – Four days on and there has still been no official report and no announcement of arrests in the case of a wild, wild, west alleged attempted armed robbery in the vicinity of CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank on Leeward Highway in Providenciales.

Officials have allowed speculation to lead the narrative of this disturbing crime which happened at the start of the work week and work day on Monday May 23.

We still don’t know at this hour whether it was an armed robbery ambush thwarted by an alert, quick thinking business man but we do know that the gun shots fired by alleged assailants were so powerful that people living in Kew Town heard the blast off of bullets.  Customers said it made the entire bank building shake.

Police officer Lauralee Jagroop confirmed that indeed shots were fired but nothing more; that was Monday morning.

The bank was barely opened, just minutes after 9am and already, it seems, an armed robbery was in train.

Residents who were stood outside the bank waiting to enter for service, ran inside out of fear at the frightening scene playing out just feet away from them.  That’s what we were told by a person inside when the shots rang out.

It is said a company cash deposit was on the way to the bank, when the carrier of it noticed a vehicle approaching head on in the wrong direction.  A voice note, widely circulated on social media explained the people in that threatening vehicle were masked and the man being targetted got suspicious and tried to get away.

He tried to dart past the suspicious vehicle and that’s when shots were recklessly fired after his car, shattering the rear windshield, the employee with the cash plowed through the median in a desperate attempt to escape but was somehow injured and turned up at hospital.

Our news organization was told he was admitted.  It was never reported that someone was injured, how severely and whether the individual was hit was a bullet.  We also enquired at the TCI Hospitals.

Residents had a variety of reactions after the news was posted.  A church pastor offered up a prayer for heavenly intervention and strategies to beat back the crime wave; another called for police to be stationed at all of the banks in Provo permanently, there are only four of them and another hoped for a thorough investigation so the culprits could be caught due to reliable, compelling evidence.

The bank was closed temporarily, the CIBC FirstCaribbean parking lot turned to a crime scene.

CIBC FirstCaribbean, like everyone else in the case offered no comment on the alleged crime to the general public and its customers.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Assistance Needed in Identifying Murder Victim

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June 16th, 2024.

The Serious Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police yesterday (June 15th)  evening responded to a report of a shooting death.

Upon arrival at a location along Five Cays and South Dock Road, Providenciales, officers observed the body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The victim is approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was found wearing red shorts, blue underpants, and a pair of black and white slippers and was shirtless. The individual had a dreadlocks hairstyle.

There were tattoos on both his arms and a cross under both eyes.

The estimated age of the victim is between 25 to 40 years old.

We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this individual.

Anyone with information that may help in this investigation is urged to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information on this murder anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app to share information anonymously.

 

Murder scene photo by Wilkie Arthur, Eagle Legal News Media

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Male Charged With Murder

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#TurksandCaicos, June 7, 2024 – A 29-year-old male has been charged with the murder of BUTLER BRAVE PROPHETE. KERLY AGENOR, of Dock Yard, Providenciales, was charged today (June 06th) following advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In addition to the murder, the accused faces the following charges:

  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Discharge of Ammunition

The charges against Mr. AGENOR state that on March 05th, 2024, in Providenciales, he murdered Mr. PROPHETE, Contrary to Section 3 of the Offenses Against the Person Ordinance Chapter 3.08.

At the time of his death, Mr. Prophete, 22, of Wheeland, Providenciales, was exiting his workplace on the Lower Bight and was shot dead.

Mr AGENOR remains in custody pending a Sufficiency Hearing.

In a brief statement, Superintendent in charge of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection, and Intelligence Dean Holden said: “I wish to thank the officers of the Serious Crime Unit for their dedication and commitment in bringing this case to a charge. Further, I wish to reassure the public and families that the RTCIPF is committed to bringing prosecutions against perpetrators and, when possible, closure to persons who have lost loved ones to these senseless homicides”.

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