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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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Deandrea Hamilton

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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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Aggravated Burglary

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#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2024 – The recent aggravated robbery targeting a five-member household is undoubtedly distressing for both the victims and the community at large.

Superintendent (Division A) Willet Harvey said, “Around 11:21 pm yesterday (April 14th) evening, the Police Control Room received a report that four masked males, three of whom were armed, entered a residence at New Subdivision, Grand Turk, and proceeded to rob the occupants.

The armed suspects managed to flee the scene on foot and escaped.

“Following the report, officers were dispatched to the scene, conducted extensive searches and interviewed individuals. Based on the information received, we are actively pursuing several leads that will lead to arrests in the shortest possible time.

“The incident highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and proactively safeguarding homes and families. I advise people to enhance their home security by locking doors and windows when inside, investing in a CCTV system, and ensuring adequate outdoor lighting. Should you have any information on this burglary or illegal activities in Grand Turk, please call 946-2299. ”

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information.

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

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#TrinidadandTobago, April 15, 2024 – Heinous crimes continue to plague the Caribbean region, the latest the beheading of a four year old girl in Trinidad on Tuesday April 9, leaving a deep sense of shock and sadness over her town, Fifth Street, Five Rivers, Arouca in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago.

The little girl whose life was severely cut short is identified as Amarah Lallitte and her killer is reportedly her step-father.

Reports are saying he killed her between 10 pm Monday and Midnight Tuesday.  Her mother Tricia Villaruel, 41, who filed a domestic disturbance report, expressed deep grief and disbelief at the fact that the stepfather, 39, would hurt her.

Villaruel reports the events before her daughter was killed.  She recalls the stepfather acting strange which she said is unlike him.  She expressed that he was acting like he was schizophrenic, as if “he was a different person, and different personalities were talking to me that night.”

She said she left to get help from the police out of fear that he would harm her and going she tried to bring Amarah, who she highlights wasn’t coming.

“but she not coming.  She was laughing like she thought we were playing so I had no choice.”

Following the mother’s report to the police, they went back to the house to find it locked up and in darkness.  The officers called for the stepfather who came out calm with no blood on him.  Villaruel was then told to get her daughter.  It was at this time that she was found dead by her mother who screamed at the sight of her daughter’s headless body.

Her head was reportedly stashed in a barrel at the back of the house and her body in another room.

At the sight of the decapitated four year old, some officers were moved to tears according to Richard Smith, Senior Superintendent of Police, in reports.

In fact he says they may need counseling from the Victim and Support Unit and they were deeply affected, as would any human being.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the station for questioning.

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Male Charged with Robbery

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#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2024 – A 30-year-old male, charged with robbery offences, is expected to appear in the Magistrate’s  Court tomorrow (April 16th, 2024). 

FRANDY MERONE of Downtown Providenciales was charged on Friday, 12th April 2024, with the following offences: 

* One Count – Robbery 

* One Count – Taking Motor Vehicle Without Authority 

* One Count – Using Offensive Weapon So As To Cause Fear 

The charges against Mr MERONE followed a civilian arrest on Sunday, 7th April 2024, and,  subsequently, a police report. 

The report was made on April 04th, 2024.

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