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Man killed in Grace Bay in broad daylight; Murder No. 12

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, August 4, 2023 – A towering hotel, a cheerful golf cart, and next to them, a young man sprawled in his own blood; that was the scene in Grace Bay Providenciales on Wednesday afternoon, when gunmen in the Turks and Caicos Islands once again, carried out an execution in broad daylight, feet from innocent residents and visitors.

Magnetic Media began to receive frantic calls just before 3 p.m. on August 2, reporting a caravan of police heading quickly toward the tourist centre.  Minutes later, residents confirmed that once again, a young man’s life had been taken in a brutal shower of bullets, and this time the murder took place just outside the entrance to a few resort.

Photos of the scene show residents peeking over perfectly trimmed hedges at the body as blood seeps onto the street. Police swarmed the scene soon after, cordoning off the area and conducting investigations.

The killing also impacted traffic as motorists were rerouted away from the grisly scene.  The shooting terrified those in the vicinity because of the sheer amount of shots, we are told by one resident.

“OMG!!!! IT WAS LIKE A MOVIE, AT LEAST 50 SHOTS.”

Police have not confirmed who the dead man is, the nature of the killing, how many spent shells were recovered or the possible motives behind the murder, which marks the 12th for 2023.

Our efforts have determined though he is Guilene ‘GB’ Baptiste, 26 years old and recently relieved of a battery of illicit drug charges at the Magistrate’s Court this past June.  Baptiste was most known as the man arrested when alleged infamous gangster and wanted murderer, Brandon Rahming was killed in a Police take-down last November. Now, ‘GB’ is gone.

What is concerning is that ‘rare’ can no longer be used to describe the nature of these daylight killings that put innocents at risk, as they are escalating in frequency and reckless in nature.

In the past three months alone, men have been gunned down near schools, businesses and a nightclub.  It is a situation that residents say is making them increasingly heartsick.  A letter to the Government; last month said: “We desire a better Turks and Caicos culture and reject the path of violence and diminished quality of life.”

The incident once again elicited a statement from the Governor; Her Excellency Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Washington Misick, TCI Premier jointly released the plan of the National Security Council hours after the reckless shooting.

A day later, the Commissioner of Police offered his comments on the Grace Bay shooting and another, involving Police in the community of Kew Town.

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Male Succumbs to Injuries

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July 05th, 2024.

The Serious Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force has launched an investigation into the tragic shooting death of a male resident in Five Cays this evening.

Preliminary reports indicate that the incident occurred shortly after 7:00 PM.

The 38-year-old victim was at his home located along Five Cays Road when a lone gunman approached and shot him.

RT&CIPF officers and emergency services were promptly dispatched to the scene, and the victim was rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for treatment.

The victim succumbed to his injuries shortly after 8:00 PM. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time.

Residents of Five Cays and surrounding areas are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or information about the incident to the RT&CIPF.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged 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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TCI Police identify 14 Criminal Gangs headquartered in Dock Yard, Five Cays and Blue Hills

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Danae Dennie

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#TurksandCaicos, July 5, 2024 – “There are 14 mapped criminal gangs in TCI” said TCI  Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of the Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit.

In a press conference on June 24, 2024, the RTCIPF shared information on traffic arrests, migration mitigation issues as well as their plans to stop crime, after the four deadly killings that took place within 24 hours of each other and the two traffic deaths.

Superintendent Holden shared that the 14 mapped organised gangs are only the ones that they know of but there is possibility for there to be more.

“..that’s as far as we know so, unfortunately I’ve known that we probably have more organised crime groups operating. We need to really humble around the extent of our intelligence… we need people to support us around that”.

When asked about the ages of these gang members, Superintendent Holden said “The profiles for our gang members are usually males between the ages of 18 and 26. Now, that’s not to say that there are not people outside those ages.”

Holden says these gangs are commonly located in Dock Yard, Blue Hills and Five Cays.

According to Holden some of the murders that happened last year were undoubtedly a dispute between gang members from the Dock Yard area and Five Cays. One of these gangs has now been disbanded from the Five Cays area and the other gangs’ members have been remanded for conspiratorial offences that are fire-arm related.

When asked about how firearms are getting into the country, Holden said “when we have an illegal migrant vessel coming from Haiti it is not only carrying individuals… but it’s probably also carrying criminals and probably contraband as well as firearms, in particular ammunition”.

The RTCIPF has set a National Intelligence requirement for all partner agencies to provide information surrounding these crimes

When speaking on the effectiveness of the Gun amnesty, Holden says personally “anybody who gives up their gun usually gives it up because they know it’s not involved in criminality. If it is involved in criminality, my concern then is , if we are saying to people you can give up that gun without any sort of police investigation. If that firearm is linked ballistically to murders or other serious crime, where do we stand? So I have a personal concern of  its effectiveness.”

“The vast majority of the illegal firearms entering the Caribbean space seems to be disproportionately coming from the US” said Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin

“A lot of the weapons that are arriving in the Caribbean region are actually being perpetuated by individuals who are from the respective domestic states and sending them out as well…… there are persons from our state… that are a part of the apparatus of sending firearms to us and causing the significant evil that it is causing us”.

As it relates to the issue of capacity, Martin said, “ the RTCIPF, is trying to build capacity within the force through training , the development of resources both vehicular, mechanical as well as manpower resources to be able to combat the situations that we are approaching at this time”.

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Two men found dead on dirt road in desolate area of Providenciales

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Wilkie Arthur

Eagle Legal News Media

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, July 3, 2024 – Pleasant, respectful, helpful, and humble was the way the dark man with dreadlocks that we saw lying on the ground, in the depths of Snake Hill was described by many Residents of Back Road, Blue Hills and Dock Yard.

The body of Haitian Ras or lil Haiti was discovered along a secluded bush road that leads into the troubled community of Dock Yard in Kew Town.  His body lay twisted, and not far away, another male, this one a more bright skinned, clad only in his boxer shorts.

The second man has less flattering comments made about him.

Happy photos of Haitian Ras were shared with Eagle Legal.

The discovery on the morning of Friday June 28 marked the fifth and sixth murders for Providenciales in as little as a week; the 20th and 21st killings for the country this year.

Eagle Legal conducted its own investigation and inquiries as to the identity of the two individuals, having visited the scene early Friday morning, arriving shortly after police got there.

We were unable to ascertain any legitimate identification and status of either.

Both the police vehicles and this news network Eagle Legal’s vehicle was lost and had to turn around twice and enter another way in order to find the crime location of the bodies. Without the assistance or had we not followed the police speeding vehicles with flashing lights and sirens heading into the depth of the bushes, we would have never found where the deceased bodies lay motionless.

Both men were said to be residents on Back Road in Blue Hills but frequent the Dock Yard area.

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