The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force believe they have apprehended two suspects involved in at least two jitney rape incidents between Saturday, January 15 and Monday, January 17.
The police said two men are in custody and a seized vehicle underwent forensic testing.
“On the night of Saturday, January 15, 2022, a female reported being raped by a man, whom she believed to be a jitney driver. He picked her up from her place of work located in the Bight area and drove her to a nearby cemetery and subjected her to a sexual assault,” the police report said.
The police said a similar incident took place on Monday, but this time two men carried out the dastardly act.
“On Monday, January 17, 2022, there was a similar report made by a female leaving work from a hotel in Grace Bay.
“On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, Police conducted a targeted operation in the area and stop checked a vehicle matching the description of the one used by the offender.
“The vehicle was seized for forensic examination and the two male occupants were arrested. The investigation continues into these offences,” the police said.
In the meantime, the police are urging victims and those with information to come forward and assist them with the investigation.
“The police would encourage anyone that is the victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report it,” the news release said.
It added: “We appreciate how difficult this can be, however, please be assured that we have specially trained officers and medical staff here to deal with you sensitively and confidentially. It is important that you receive the required support and that dangerous sex offenders are taken off our streets.”
The police is assuring the public that it is intensively conducting investigations into the allegations.
“Investigations are underway for these incidents. Anyone with information about these or other crimes can call 911 or Crime Stoppers privately at 1-800-8477 (TIPS). Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence. All Crime Stoppers calls are answered by Miami Dade Police and no one from the theRTCIPF will know who called,” the news release concluded.