Man Fatal Domestic Incident

FIREARMS INCIDENT Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday 7th July, police received reports gunshots heard in the Happy Valley Road area Pembroke. Not long after they received a call that a 29-year-old-male had been shot in a parking lot just east of Fort Hamilton. The victim was transported via private vehicle to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where at last check, he was undergoing surgery for his injuries which were not believed to be life threatening.  FATAL DOMESTIC INCIDENT At around 12:05 a.m. on Wednesday 8th July, police received a report of a domestic incident at a residence on St. Mary’s Road in Warwick. A second caller reported one of the individuals believed to be involved, was carrying a knife and that another person may have been injured. As police headed to the scene they observed a male lying bleeding, in the roadway on St. Mary’s Road and requested an ambulance. The 52-year-old male was transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead. A 26-year-old male was taken into custody in connection with this incident.

Man Arrested For Impaired Driving Following Collision

Shortly before 4:45 p.m. on Sunday 5th July, police received a report of a two vehicle collision on South Road in Warwick. Upon arrival officers observed two motorcycles were involved in a head on collision which left one man requiring emergency surgery for what is described as a serious leg injury and another was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst impaired. Reports suggest the suspected impaired rider was traveling in an easterly direction along South Road, Warwick attempting to overtake two taxis while negotiating the series of bends just to the east of Warwick Camp.  He reportedly entered the opposing lane and as he approached the junction with Camp and collided with another bike which was traveling in the opposite direction. Both men were transported to KEMH via ambulance. The suspected impaired rider was attended to and subsequently transferred to the Hamilton Police Station where he was processed and detained pending bail.  The second rider remains warded at KEMH.

Death of Lavonte Williams

The Bermuda Police Service can now identify the victim in yesterday’s fatal marine incident as Lavonte Williams. Mr. Williams was thrown from his jet-ski while out on the Great Sound at about 7:00 p.m. on Sunday 28th June. He was taken by boat to the dock at Jews Bay, where a waiting ambulance conveyed him to the King Edward the VII memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist the family of the deceased during this difficult time. The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to the relatives of Mr. Williams.

Statement from Commissioner of Police on DPP Decision

Following a complaint of serious sexual assault by a serving police against two other serving officers, a criminal investigation was commenced, alongside employment matters of gross misconduct to which the officers were suspended.  A file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Office for charging consideration.  An assessment by the DPP decided upon examination of all the evidence presented that there was not a realistic chance of prosecution in this matter beyond all reasonable doubt.  The officers subject to the criminal allegation have subsequently been informed, however they remain suspended and the BPS disciplinary process will make assessment to their behavior, a process that, unlike the criminal threshold, is based on the balance of probability. As Commissioner of Police I support all who make complaint of sexual assault, whether they be a police officer or member of the public of any ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.  We continue to look after the officer who made this complaint at this difficult time, with the provision of counselling and welfare support.  I understand the officer will now seek judicial review in regards to the DPPs decision which he is legally entitled to do.  In view of this action it would be inappropriate for the BPS to make any further comment until this process is completed.

Chaplain Bay Disturbance

The Bermuda Police is investigating a disturbance which occurred at Chaplin Bay, Warwick, at around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, 24th June. Police received a number of calls around that time, reporting a large group of individuals gathered in the area fighting, using helmets and throwing bottles. Upon police arrival, most of the individuals had already dispersed or were in the process of leaving the scene. Those spoken to, declined to provide any information to officers including members of the Criminal Investigations Unit, who attended the scene. Out of an abundance of caution and to provide reassurance to the Warwick community, police maintained a high visibility presence in the area. Police later received reports of a male arriving at King Edward VII Hospital with a stab wound to his arm. However, there is nothing to confirm the injured male was involved in the Chaplin Bay incident. He declined to provide any information to police as to how he sustained the injury.

Weekend Report

IMMITATION FIREARM RECOVERED: At around 10:20 pm on Sunday 21st, Jun, police received information of a male acting suspiciously in the area of Union Street in the City of Hamilton. Reports are the suspect was seen to have placed an object inside a trash receptacle located on the sidewalk. Officers responded and upon inspecting the trash can which belongs to the Corporation of Hamilton, they recovered an imitation firearm. THEFT FROM CHURCH: At 11:03 p.m. on Sunday 21st June, police received a report of a burglary at Christ Church on Middle Road in Warwick. Information is that the incident occurred sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Friday 20th June and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday 21st June. There was no sign of forced entry. An unknown suspect reportedly entered the church, and stole a quantity of foodstuff including 3 boxes of frozen chicken, which were meant to provide meals as part of a community feeding program which has been operated by the church since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.   STOLEN BIKE RECOVERED: Shortly after midnight on Sunday 21st June, police received a report of two males behaving in a suspicious manner in the Admiralty House, Pembroke, area.  The pair who were travelling on a motorbike, entered the park and headed towards Mariners Lane. They then abandoned the bike near the waterside on mariners Lane. It was later discovered that the bike was reported stolen back on the 29th of May, this year from the Berkeley Hill, Pembroke area.  

Woman Seriously Injured in Machete Attack

Around 10:50pm 19th June, police responded to a report of a serious assault on a 33 yr-old female in the Cedar Hill Warwick area. Details are limited at this time however it was initially reported that the victim was in the yard of a private residence when she was set upon by a group of unknown individuals brandishing at least one machete. The victim was then conveyed to KEMH for treatment of her injuries which are deemed to be serious. The scene was processed by forensic officers and an investigation has commenced. Anyone who may have seen persons in the area acting suspiciously or has information to assist police, we are asking that you call 211 or the confidential Crimestoppers number 800-8477.

Residents Reminded to be Wary of the Mystery Shopper Scam

The Bermuda Police Service is once again reminding residents to be wary of the mystery shopper scam, as a number of residents have recently reported falling victim to the ruse. The scam entices local social media users by offering employment as a mystery shopper that allegedly has the potential to earn thousands of dollars by completing simple tasks – such as purchasing certain items, then reporting back on their shopping experience. If a local resident agrees to be a mystery shopper, they will usually receive a quantity of money into their personal bank account. A small amount of the total, they are told, can be kept as payment for their mystery shopper services. They are then asked to withdraw the remainder of the cash and instructed to send that money overseas via a local money service business. However, any funds deposited into local accounts through this scheme often originate from crime – mainly phishing scams or other electronic fraud – and local residents deceived by this scam are unwittingly being used to launder criminal proceeds. Local banks are already vigilant for this suspicious activity and are likely to freeze the assets of any resident’s account found to be involved in the mystery shopper scam.

Murder Victim Identified as Mr. Joshua Rowse

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 22-year-old Joshua Rowse. Mr. Rowse passed away at the King Edward the VII Memorial Hospital, after he fell victim to a brutal knife attack on Sunday 13th June, 2020, outside the Rubis Service Station on the South Shore Road in Warwick. Four men have now been taken into custody in connection with what is being investigated as the murder of Joshua Rowse. However, investigators would still like to hear from and speak with anyone who may have witnessed or have any information on this tragic incident, no matter how insignificant you may think it to be, to please contact Acting Detective Chief Inspector Kenten Trott on 717-2345, the main police number, 295-0011 or, 211.  Anyone wishing to give information anonymously, can do so by calling the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477. A family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist the Rowse family and the Bermuda Police service extends our sincerest condolences to them at this most difficult time. 


16 July 2020

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