Police Investigate Murder, Robbery Spate

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating what it theorized as a murder and a spate of robberies that all took place on Monday night.


According to a statement from the police, 911 received an alert at about 9:30 pm, that two masked men with guns and driving a grey car approached a couple in the vicinity of Princess Drive, Providenciales and demanded money.


The hoodlums were reported to have escaped with a purse containing a cellular phone and a wallet holding bank cards and cash. The victims escaped injury.


The report further stated that officers later responded to a section of Bay Road, Blue Hills, following reports of a second robbery.


According to information from the police control room, three masked men armed with weapons, and travelling in a light blue car entered a home in the area and robbed the occupants of cash, identification cards and a cellular phone.


At about 10:00 p.m., officers observed a light blue Honda Fit car along Bay Road facing the southern direction with the engine running.


A male dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans was seen slumped in the driver's seat with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.


The victim who the police only identified as a 34-year-old man, was taken to the hospital via ambulance, where he later succumbed to his injuries.


It is not clear whether the police featured him in any of the earlier reported hold-ups, or if he was the sole victim to unfortunately lose his life arising from the string of robberies.


Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting, responding to the events, has called on the public to tell what they know, to apprehend the culprits.


"While investigators determine what happened overnight, I would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of the deceased man,” he said. “I would also like to remind members of the public to come forward with any information they may have concerning both incidents.


“If you know anything, please tell us confidentially or anonymously at the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-8477 (TIPS) or let us know directly by calling 911. We do not want to see an increase in crime, crimes that again blight our communities. So let us work together to get these violent criminals off the streets by telling us what you know.”

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