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Avalanche of Armed Robberies, Residents on Edge

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Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 

Since the start of 2024, a rolling avalanche of robberies in the country has put residents on edge. Now the unknown robbers are staking out people’s homes following them home, which locals say is adding to the fear felt by law-abiding citizens.

A serious spike in robbery reports shared by the police was observed in March. Since the 8th of the month, police have confirmed back-to-back robberies, often with a new victim being hit several nights in a row.

On March 22nd police revealed three back-to-back attacks by armed men; one in the Lower Bight on March 21 around 9 p.m., where a man was robbed of his car and other valuables. Two more were recorded on March 22 at 1:56 and 3:28 a.m. respectively; the first in Kew Town where a man was followed home and robbed; and the second where a man was robbed at his home, both committed by four armed men. 

On March 15 police again revealed that a man was robbed by two males in Kew Town after midnight and a woman robbed by four men less than two hours later. 

On March 14 three armed men robbed a Crockpot kitchen on Leeward Highway. The day before that two armed men robbed Gabriel’s restaurant located along Airport Road around 9:38 pm.

On March 12 police confirmed the 10 a.m. robbery of a woman at a gaming lounge; that incident followed the March 11 holdup on another woman at gunpoint. Before both of those was a robbery at 2:45 a.m. the Friday prior when a man was accosted near Dock Yard by five armed men

“Sounds like a SAS unit needs a vacation” said one resident on the most recent robbery post shared by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police, highlighting the frequency of the reports.

With the increasing random hits, residents are antsy and some want more personal protective measures. 

Head of Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection Superintendent Dean Holden has advised, “In light of recent incidents in Providenciales, I wish to emphasize the importance of staying aware of your surroundings and taking the necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. 

“If you believe you are being followed, please do not panic. Remain calm and drive to a well-lit, populated area or the nearest police station. It’s crucial to avoid stopping in isolated or poorly lit areas or driving home. 

“Immediately dial 911 and, if possible, try to obtain a description of the vehicle following you and its license plate number. Above all, prioritise personal safety. I want to assure the public that the RTCIPF is actively monitoring the situation and remains committed to ensuring all citizens’ safety and security.” 

Residents are asking, “So when are you guys going to legalize tasers? Pepper spray for public use?” One asked. A different resident took it even further “Why don’t they give law-abiding citizens the right to bear arms?” He questioned. 

Others wanted more proactive measures like the removal of vegetation in which criminals are known to hide in wait for their victims.

At least one suspect has been held regarding stolen property, Demetrie Williams, 32, of South Caicos. He was remanded in custody following a court appearance on March 15 two days after he was allegedly caught handling stolen goods. 

So far police have not managed to sniff out the armed thieves though it was said, the RTCIPF are actively investigating three armed robberies.

Caribbean News

Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 

#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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Chalk Sound burglar caught on illegal sloop; Police make arrest slap him with multiple offences

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

MACKENSON CHARLES was one of the 31 alleged illegal aliens trying to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on Friday March 8th, 2024 when officials intercepted their boat at Muddy Point, Kew in North Caicos. 

He had been previously sent or returned home to Haiti on more than one occasion, but being presumptuous and arrogantly persistent; he tried coming back but was caught at sea along with Identified Haitian gangsters and a Bahamian on the said boat.

Police authorities were pleased to have captured MACKENSON CHARLES as his fingerprints were allegedly found at two CHALK SOUND dwelling homes, one was burglarized on 28th July, 2023 and the other on December 9th, 2023.

Female Police Detective Stelisa Hall slapped the accused CHARLES with four criminal charges, two counts of burglaries, and two counts of unlawful entries.

The charges read that he entered unlawfully between Saturday, April 1st 2023 and  January 31st, 2024. The next count said he illegally entered on Friday, March 8th, 2024 (the date of his captured).

The burglary allegations read that the Residence Yard, Five Cays, Providenciales alleged illegal Haitian burglar entered the dwelling home of Ms. Susan Bristow and Mr. David Leveaux, on Casa De Isle, Ocean Point Drive in Chalk Sound, Providenciales and steal an apple iPhone 14pro value at $1,086.24, $100.00 UK pound sterling, $400.00 in US cash and among other items. 

This was on Saturday December 9th 2023.  A second burglary was committed on Friday 28th July 2023. 

This was also in Chalk Sound, Providenciales at Villa View, Harbor Gates. 

The home was at the time occupied by Ms. Elizabeth Strauss. Stolen from her was a wedding band value unknown, one green Bum Lulu Lemon bag, value unknown, an apple watch value unknown, $560.00 in cash and more.

The accused was brought before the Magistrate’s court on Wednesday March 27th, 2024 and the cases were adjourned for mention on Tuesday 02nd April.

To date, Magnetic Media has received no further update on the outcome of these matters.

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