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Lots of CASH; Tourists & Residents Robbed at Gunpoint, one man shot

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By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 24, 2023 – The firearm crises in the Turks and Caicos Islands has reared its head once more with reports three gun related incidents, all robberies, occurring in the Turks and Caicos over the weekend.  Concentrated in Providenciales, the incidents left one man nursing a gunshot wound.

Police say the first incident happened at 10:08 pm on Friday January 20th, they received reports that a man had been attacked by two masked men in School Hill, Five Cays.  The criminals pulled up alongside the victim in a silver Toyota, hopped out and proceeded to rob and then shoot him in the leg.  He was rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre (CHMC) where he received medical attention.

On Saturday night around 8 p.m. another man was robbed of around $1,800.  The male victim told officers he left a marina in Leeward and proceeded to a gaming location where he won a sum of cash.  When he collected the money, three men came up to him, one of them with a weapon and took the cash.

The robbers drove off in a black Honda Accord.

Around 8:50 p.m. Sunday, a group of visitors occupying a villa at a Resort in Grace Bay were robbed, once again the finger was pointed at three masked armed men.  A large sum of cash and electronic items were stolen from the guests.

The crime spree is eerily similar to how the 2022 year began, with a spate of robberies and home invasions that landed the TCI a travel warning from the US.

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PRESS STATEMENT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Ministry responsible for Education confirms that a recent report of alleged sexual abuse was brought to the attention of authorities at a particular school. For the protection of the child, we will not divulge details of this matter. We do acknowledge that there were issues experienced which resulted in less than appropriate response to the incident.

 The Ministry is continuing its investigation of the incident, in its totality and has since requested a comprehensive report on the response from all involved. Several meetings, visits and discussions were held. The key is to ensure that the minor involved is afforded additional counselling and care and that other students within the institution are also afforded the relevant support needed. The Student Support Services has been active in coordinating this response which is currently in operation.

 As an immediate further action, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) entities will convene and existing protocols will be reviewed and investigations conducted to determine the consistency of the response, exactly where the established protocols were not followed and the subsequent actions to be taken.

 The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services considers its responsibility for the Safeguarding of children of utmost importance. In so doing, the Ministry of Education has instituted a number of measures over the years to ensure that allegations of abuse to children in schools are treated with urgency. The creation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was created to ensure that teachers, leaders, Social Workers, and Police can respond to allegations with the child’s safety and protection as the core consideration. Child safeguarding remains the Ministry’s primary concern.

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Murder Victim Identified

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#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have identified Ervin Glinton of Sand Bar Street, Five Cays, as the male who was shot dead on January 24th .

Based on preliminary reports, at around 3pm, the Police Control Room  received a call from a resident stating that gunshots were being heard in Five Cays.

RTCIPF officers responded to the given location at Reece Street and found Glinton’s lifeless body lying face down on the ground, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this murder or  any illegal activity anonymously.

Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.

The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.

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Kew Town Shooting

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#TurksandCaicos, January 26, 2023 – Two persons received gunshot injuries last night (January 25th) , when gunmen opened fire  in Kew Town, Providenciales.

Initial investigations has revealed the victims were – a 49-year old female and a 40-year old male.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm the shooting occurred at a property on Black Crow Road around 10.02 pm.

Based on intelligence reports, the offenders used a Honda Fit and Nissan March vehicles in their attacks.

Officers from Serious Crime Branch are appealing for anyone with information, who was in the area between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday 25th  January , to contact the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters.

The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this incident or  any illegal activity anonymously.

Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.

The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.

 

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