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Two men check themselves into Hospital after Friday Night Shooting in Blue Hills

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, August 11, 2023 – As the new week began, residents of Providenciales were still waiting for official information on what witnesses had described as a “serious” Friday night shooting.

Magnetic Media received several reports late August 4th, of a barrage of gunshots heard in the Blue Hills Community that promoted a significant police response.  Videos of the nighttime flurry of activity not only showed traffic being briefly diverted as police rushed to the community but confirmed that at least “49 shots” were fired into the area.

That area, we are told, was close to a resident’s home and a number of those bullets made it inside, but thankfully no fatalities were reported.  Residents who were near the area described the event.

“They just shot up [redacted] house— boy some big ol guns!” one said.

Another witness account shared with the news team, described the scene as a number of police vehicles laid in wait. Included in that number was one of the new armored trucks said to be able to withstand the heavy artillery gangsters are known to have in their possession.

By Monday afternoon, police released this account of the incident which marred the start to the weekend.

“Based on preliminary police reports, at around 7:47 p.m. last Friday (August 04th), the Police Control Room received multiple calls that gunshots were being heard in the area of Old Bay Road, Blue Hills.

A team of officers from the Tactical, Beat and Patrol, and Air Support Units responded.  While at the scene, officers received information that two males-ages 23 and 25 – were at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center seeking treatment for gunshot wounds.

At around, 8:43 p.m., the Police Control Room received calls of another shooting and proceeded to the location of Residence Yard, Five Cays.  Investigations are ongoing.”

Motive remained a mystery in the shooting; there has been no announcement since on the condition of the men shot and whether police have any suspects.

A call for assistance in the investigation was made however, “The public is being advised to notify the closest police station, contact 911 or TCI CrimeStoppers at 1-800-8477 and give any information on this shooting and other illegal activities anonymously.”

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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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