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Warning! Pedophile loose in Provo; Hunt on for child sex stalker

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, May 15, 2022 – A man, posing as a jitney driver, has sexually assaulted a school girl and now warnings are issued and police are on the hunt for the pedophile.

The information from the Royal TCI Police has been a double shocker; firstly because a letter was leaked exposing that officials were aware of the situation but there had not been more urgent notice the public and because the suspect is among us and is still at large.

The leaked communication was dated May 12, 2022.  It came from woman police, Irene Butterfield, Assistant Superintendent of the Royal TCI Police and was issued to Edgar Howell, the Director of Education for the Ministry of Education.

On Friday, that notice was shared with parents in English, Creole and Spanish.  It was leaked the day prior.

From the Police issued WARNING:  “The Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit is actively investigating a report of an unknown male who is operating what appears to be an illegal jitney.  H e picked up a school girl and subjected her to a sexual attack.  The victim is now safe and being cared for.  We are seeking the assistance of families and communities in disseminating this information that is of vital importance to both government and private schools to put measures in place for the safety of children after school.  Parents and guardians are asked to be aware and take precautions and make provisions for their children to be collected safely from schools by someone who is trusted and to desist from allowing their child / children to ride home in illegal jitneys.”

The original letter said the “Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit is actively investigating a report of an unknown male, ‘pedophile’ who is operating what can be an illegal jitney and frequents schools, picking up children and committing sexual acts.”

The Police was asking the Education Department to disseminate the information to all public and private schools so that parents were put on the alert.

While the letter is dated May 12, which was on Thursday, what  the public does not know is how long ago this investigation was opened; how many children would have been sexually assaulted and how intrusive were those attacks.

On Friday, the Royal TCI Police issued a statement and its contents lent more insight, but were extremely disturbing as the public now has official notice that a girl was sexually assaulted and it seems the attack was enormously traumatizing.

The victim is now safe and cared for says the Safeguarding unit and the male is unknown and was operating a jitney when the unsuspecting child climbed into the vehicle for what now can only be called a ride from hell.

“Se les pide a los padres y tutores que sean conscientes y tomen precauciones y hagan provisiones para que sus hijos sean recogidos de manera segura de las escuelas por alguien de confianza y que desistan de permitir que sus hijos viajen a casa en taxi colectivo ilegales. También se les pide a los padres y tutores que escuchen a sus hijos y les enseñen a no guardar secretos inseguros.”

This is the warning in Spanish and it also asks parents to ensure their children are not keeping secrets about what may have happened to them.

Make sure whoever is around your child, says the release, is a trusted person and to desist from allowing your children from riding in illegal jitneys.  You get in the tone of the statement, it is simply not worth the heartache and damage which can be done.  Specially trained officers are on standby to deal with these cases, when they present themselves and this includes confidentiality.

Sadly, in the absence of proper or sufficient legal public transportation, illegal jitneys, which are manned by unregistered and unknown individuals are a customary go to for thousands of residents who need to get around the island.  These jitneys are an illegal mode of public transport, but they operate unencumbered.  Legal community cabs are now in service, but the sector is slow growing, unable to meet the current transportation demands.

“Nou mande paran ak ak moun ki responsab yo tou pou koute pitit ou yo epi anseye yo pou yo pa kenbe sekrè ki pa an sekirite. Pifò abizè kiltive relasyon solid ak timoun yo anvan yo pwogrese pa yon ofans seksyèl. Souvan, yo kòmanse teste limit yon timoun lè yo aji nan yon fason ki pa apwopriye avèk yo tankou achte kado pou yo, ba yo lajan epi fè yo santi yo espesyal. Paran ak moun ki responsab yo ta dwe fè atansyon ak siy sa yo epi avèti lapolis. Inite Sovgad RTCIPF la gen ofisye ki resevwa fòmasyon espesyal ki pral trete nenpòt rapò avèk anpil konfyans. Yo pral koute w epi sipòte moun ki pi vilnerab yo.”

The largest portion of the expatriate community in Turks and Caicos is of Haitian origin; the warning in Creole calls for better stewardship of children even as parents try to get them to school and while there was no information provided on the perpetrator, there were numbers provided to contact the Unit.

Contact 232-6696 or 338-4013. 

“Parents and guardians are also asked to listen to your children and teach them not to keep unsafe secrets. Most abusers cultivate strong relationships with children before progressing to sexual offences. Often, they start by testing a child’s boundaries by being inappropriate in other ways such as buying them gifts, giving them money and making them feel special. Parents and guardians should look out for these signs and alert the police. The RTCIPF Safeguarding Unit has specially trained officers who will deal with any reports in strict confidence. They will listen to you and support those most vulnerable.”

Schools have now posted and issued the warnings to parents.

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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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Tragic Shooting Death of Frantz Fleurimond Rocks Five Cays Community

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Wilkie Arthur

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#TurksandCaicos, May 31, 2024 – The tight-knit community of Five Cays was left reeling following the tragic shooting death of Frantz Fleurimond, a 34-year-old resident, on the night of Friday, May 24th, 2024.  Exclusive insights from family members, friends, and neighbors shed light on the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of Fleurimond, known affectionately as Frantz by those who knew him.

According to accounts from family members, including his outspoken father and mild-mannered stepmother, the harrowing incident unfolded around 10 pm.  The father vividly recalled the terrifying moment when loud gunshots rang out, with one bullet piercing through their wooden home, which housed both the family and Frantz in separate sections.

This wasn’t the first brush with violence for Frantz.

Several years prior, he had endured a brutal assault in Blue Hills, leaving him with severe head injuries that required months of recuperation in Jamaica.  Despite his resilience, Frantz’s mental health had been fragile ever since, with episodes of erratic behavior and struggles with substance abuse.

Described by many as a highly respected chef at prominent hotels across Providenciales, Frantz’s life took a dark turn following the traumatic incident.  He returned to live with his parents after his marriage ended, grappling with mental illness and addiction.

Neighbors recounted hearing the fatal shots on the night of Frantz’s death, followed by a chilling silence. Rushing to investigate, they discovered Frantz’s lifeless body in his own home, prompting them to alert the authorities.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force confirmed the tragic incident, expressing condolences to Frantz’s grieving family.  Superintendent Dean Holden of the Serious Crimes Unit assured the community that the investigation into the shooting were underway, emphasizing the urgency of finding justice for Frantz and his loved ones.

While details surrounding Frantz’s death remain murky, speculation swirls about a potential motive stemming from his troubled past and reported confrontations with others in the community.  However, no official statements have been made regarding suspects or arrests in connection with the case.

As the Five Cays community grapples with shock and sorrow in the wake of Frantz Fleurimond’s untimely passing, loved ones remember him fondly for his culinary talents, kind spirit, and resilience in the face of adversity.  As investigations continue, hopes remain high for answers and closure for those left mourning the loss of a cherished friend, family member, and community member.

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Two Firearm-related incidents are being investigated; one ends in MURDER

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#TurksandCaicos, May 30, 2024 – The Serious Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating two firearm-related incidents that occurred yesterday evening and this morning in Providenciales.

Head of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection and Intelligence Superintendent Dean Holden said, “Last evening’s shooting incident resulted in the death of a 34-year-old male from Five Cays.

“The victim has been identified as FRANTZ FLEURIMOND. Based on preliminary reports, Mr. Fleurimond was at home when a gunshot was heard. The police were contacted and, upon arrival, discovered his body. The RTCIPF extends condolences to Mr. Fleurimond’s family.

“In a separate incident that occurred today (May 25th), a 48-year-old security guard was on duty at a bar located off South Dock Road when a lone gunman entered the establishment and proceeded to rob the patrons.

“While fleeing the scene, the gunman fired two shots, one of which struck the security guard.

“Officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene, and the guard was transported to a medical facility for treatment.”

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 this incident or any other illegal activities.

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

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