Man Escapes Customs, Then Turns Himself In

December 30, 2014

A Hamilton Parish man who escaped airport customs officials by jumping overboard on Sunday night [Dec 28], has turned himself in to police and has been detained.

Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines said: “A Hamilton Parish man who had been detained by HM Customs for search at the LF Wade International Airport Customs Hall made off from Customs officers and jumped overboard where he swam to the Grotto Bay site and made good his escape.

“He has since turned himself in to Police at Southside Police Station where he was detained. Further enquiries are ongoing.”

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  1. WhistleBlower says:

    Dang he should be representing Bermuda in the Olympics swim meets – from airport to Grotto Bay and escapes??? WOW! Gold medal this young man before his prion sentence

    • Black Soil says:

      All that damn energy, and I bet he’s not holding down a full-time job cuz (as Rev Tweed said) the system is holding him down.

      • Family Man says:

        I guess he can list Customs Clearance as experience on his resume now.

      • ahaaa@yahoo.com says:

        no such thing as black siol here. You are not indigenous to this land. The spanish are more entitled to call it spansih soil than you calling it black siol. jus saying!!!!

    • Jo Blo says:

      Interesting proposal!

    • Agreed says:

      Omg hilariously said!!!!! Dying here!

    • ahaaa@yahoo.com says:

      did he see a Mr chickens outlet on the other side or were they cookin up de wings

    • JAH 1st says:

      he |won’t go to jail !!!!

    • JAH 1st says:

      he |won’t go to jail !!!! this has happened b4

    • Mr.Ed says:

      The Key words is — did he have somthing illegal and did it get to its asigned destination by his brave but stupid evasive actions.
      I’m inclined to believe that quite a few people would use any technique to get illegal items into Bermuda.
      If he made it to the water then to dry land then I think he had somthing very serious.—- Crazy story but I’m not
      stuned by it — it appears anything goes today.

  2. chipp says:

    Whats next! oh new airport

  3. Politricks says:

    Hahaha.

    I know that was cold ya dummy!

    Now you just got more time added on for your Xmas dip! Enjoy your New Year accommodations. Don’t believe you will see the fireworks tho…

    Hahaha.

    • Come Correct says:

      Actually he just got less time unless he turned himself in with the package still strapped to him.

      • Oh says:

        Actually they can charge him with conspiracy, they can detain him and do further investigation. If he wasn’t conspiring of didn’t have intent then he wouldn’t have fled. So I’m sure they will make an example out of this one ins

        • Terry says:

          Apparently you have no clue as to what you just wrote.

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          he can claim insanity made him do that…now what?…the burden of proof is now on the prosecution dept. and we all know their track record…i take it the attending customs officers weren’t the fittest of our beloved “border control”…ya’ll better hope that we never become a target in the world wide theater for any reason…we’d be doomed for sure. if the guy was actually seen jumping into the water…why wasn’t there someone there between grotto bay n coney island to greet him with a warm dry towel..? THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR THIS MAN TO ESCAPE. hmmm? i would question the said C.O.’s as they would inTERRORgate anyone else…

          • PettyBDAthinking says:

            It happened at night and the response time for any vessel or the amount of resources it would have required to scour the shorelines trying to predict where he would swim is highly unlikely. This a case where he was lucky enough to get away.

            • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

              again i repeat myself…IF HE WAS SEEN ENTERING THE WATER…THAT PERSON SHOULD HAVE NEVER TAKEN THEIR EYES OFF OF HIM UNTIL A SPOTLIGHT WAS BEAMED IN HIS DIRECTION…im not gonna explain any further, go back and read again.

        • wantwant cantget says:

          my defense lawyer would tear that one to pieces……

    • Squirt says:

      This island IS A JOKE.. This fool will go to court. This fool will get a 30 day prison sentence SUSPENDED LMFAO… Bunch of dreamers. Once you jump into the water, u are suppose to be caught. Dreamers… Anyway he had time to confiscate the ***** and *****… lmfao again buh!!!..

    • lulu says:

      this dummy will be seing the fireworks. and the water was nice.

  4. wonderhowhedidthat says:

    So the question that needs answering is how could one jump overboard at night on a cool winter night and swim almost 2km unhindered? Whatever he had or swallowed surely went missing during his abscondment period. Is there an amphibious unit or did the police not know how to swim?

    Second question is how does 9ne escape?

    • Self says:

      Good questions! If somebody (not referring to this specific case) has drugs on them and is about to be caught, surely they could take a chance and run off. They could never prove if or what the person had on them. And what would they even be charged with? If the person wasn’t under arrest, then they didn’t escape lawful custody. Any charges and/or prison time would be much less than what one would get for importing drugs.

    • LiarLiar says:

      He ran from Customs…not the police…and he jumped overboard at 10.30 at night.

      As far as I know the Police boats are kept moored in town. Enough time for him to swim under the cover of darkness and get away.

  5. blessed says:

    He knew what he was doing…. fresh package soon touch de road. They didnt catch him with it so he only gonna do time for running……SMART GUY

  6. Dee Nice says:

    LMAO…oh well…that package made it through! That is what you call by any means necessary!!

  7. How the hell was that even possible? Where were the police and other security employees? Time for a serious look at the security…for sure!

    • Self says:

      When was the last time you travelled? There aren’t any police or security officers there, just Customs. There is a police station next door, of course, but by the time you call over there or go fetch them, the perp would be long gone. I wonder if any of the Customs guys gave chase?

      • That’s my point…”There aren’t any police or security officers there.” :-(

      • smh says:

        Take a break security aint getting paid like dat and what were they supposed to do stop him with their reflective vest go lay down!

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      This is Bermuda…. Slightly (sic) behind-the-times!!!

  8. swing voter says:

    who says he had a package…its more likely he cudda jus been the decoy ;-)

  9. front brake only says:

    Customs could save themselves from looking so stupid if they supported a movement to allow me to grow mines here !!!

    Maybe if the customs officers took their jobs to heart like they pretend they do when they need a excuse to talk down to you and belittle you they would’ve chased him and jumped over behind him……oh wait they won’t do that because they don’t want to ruin the new cellphone they just got for christmas

    • Self says:

      That would take care of the potheads, but what about the others? People would still smuggle in cocaine, heroin, etc.

  10. Terry says:

    Let it go people.
    The guy will be charged with failing to have a life vest, flares and reporting a float plan.

    AG will argue he had unauthorized entry via Castle Harbour or Ferry Reach.
    Case closed.
    Lets move on.
    Happy noo yeer and may the tar that floats be with you.
    Shalom.

  11. Serz!!! says:

    So i hear ace boy jumped the fence. So you mean to tell me that this guy ran from costumes, jumped the fence, ran cross the street and swam to grotto bay! This guy is a runner, high jumper, and a swimmer… Talented!

    • Sad says:

      Triathlete?

    • Self says:

      I don’t think he ran from any costumes, but I do believe he ran from Customs LOL.

      As for his physical feat, it’s amazing what adrenaline will do to you.

      • Best year end joke says:

        You lot are killing me tonight, a good laugh before going to bed

  12. D says:

    I HEARD THAT HE IS GOING 2 THE OLYMPICS WITH Roy-Allan Burch!!! YAY BERMUDA ill be watching lol

  13. Floyd Pitcher says:

    If he had injested the package he got away scot clean but it still amazes how he still escaped capture by swimming away. How diligent were the officers in trying to apprehend this guy? Even without a light you vision is pretty good and likely up to a couple of hundred yards on a good night.

    • Self says:

      Maybe the Customs Officer couldn’t swim? Or maybe he didn’t want to get his spanky uniform wet?

  14. Terry says:

    Customs.
    Irony.

  15. Agreed says:

    Yay for us!!!!!! LMAO

  16. bdaboy says:

    Customs were too busy harassing visitors and returning residents who weren’t trying to import anything illegal and had paid all import duties. That’s what they’ve always done, it’s easier.

  17. PettyBDAthinking says:

    Most comments on here are almost ridiculous. In what customs job description is going to state you’re required to chase a suspect, 1/4 mile run, then jump into the water and swim another 1/4 maybe 1/3 mile across a large body of water @ 10:30 pm(basically pitch black) hoping to apprehend a suspect?? People can we be real? The customs are not at fault per say. Now on the other hand maybe thw infrastructure and handling of such situations maybe lacking. Police boats are in town and the response time or prediction of where he would show up on land would be unrealistic to catch him. How many of you would have jumped into the sea and possibly risk running into difficulty to chase down someone that took this risk? Please be real with ypurseld and the rest of us. Thank you. This mattee is lwft to the DPP to find the right charges to lay and the legislation to support the charges. But I would hate for any pf you/ jury of “my peers” to sit my case anytime. So judgemental even with the absolute lack of evidence! But hey its people serving life sentences for less evidence, so what can I say?!!Bermudian a small island with an even smaller mindset!! A shame. Ships taking on water with no bail!!

    • Truth is killin' me... says:

      You sound like a Customs Officer defending the jokers that you are!

    • bob says:

      one good flashlight would of been able to see him from land, no need to jump in after him, hes gonna come out sometime..

      and the saying is” ships taking on water without a bailer” i’m sure the ship doesn’t need money to get out of jail

    • Codfish and Potatoes says:

      Most sensible people will know that jumping in the water at night after a feeling suspect is a decision that could result in death or injury. Even the Police would not dive into the harbor without proper support such as life jackets or a small boat.

      The airport is not a prison; it is designed for the efficient and free movement of passengers from the aircraft to the street. It could be fortified with armed guards, razor wire and controlled gates, but who would want that?

  18. chipp says:

    The one question everybody wants to know is how many jobs are available now down there and stop lying about the taxs payers money highly trained my………

  19. chipp says:

    At least the guy practices what he preaches not like some of u shm and lmao cant stop laughing o.b.a really

  20. Sky Pilot says:

    Bermuda Airport is the easiest thing in the world to run away from.
    Customs are not paid to go running and swimming after idiots that want to get wet and be stupid.

  21. ahaaa@yahoo.com says:

    oh this is brilliant i cant stop laughing

    Dopey runs out the door, then runs into the water, without his bags that could be searched and would i dentify him as they are TAGGED. Then he swims to shore and then turns himself in….ummmm this fool is totally dopey.

  22. Truth is killin' me... says:

    HM CUSTOMS ARE A JOKE…

  23. Northshore says:

    Just how easy was that! Run,jump overboard knowing nobody will follow, stash any possible merchandise for pick up then swim another mile to misdirect and turn yourself in !! Easy Peasy !!!!

  24. Bermerican says:

    He got rid of or stashed the *****… than turned himself in

  25. therealisback says:

    First things first for all you speculating people out there he escaped bermuda customs not the police they were just called to help with the search. Secondly by the time he had ran outside and jumped overboard by the number 3 fire point the customs officials were no were close to even see him go in the water. suggesting that bermuda police line the shore is also irresponsible because u would then have to determine the direction in which he was swimming and that was unknown until after he made good his escape. i was there i saw everything happen it was hilarious i think this young man deserves a medal for making bermuda customs look stupid. this particular crew is infamous for their treatment of passengers and um glad they got embarrassed.

  26. MAKE MY DAY says:

    He possibly had something on him – that was going to give him serious “jail time” if caught!! Maybe even a gun and ammunition – which are no doubt at the bottom of the water by now!!

    That water is “cold”… But he didn’t care – as he had to escape detection at any cost!!