Arrests After Melee, Robberies, Man Unconscious

January 1, 2018 | 52 Comments

[Updated] Three people have been arrested following a number of incidents at the Fairmont Southampton, with police confirming they responded to reports of a “melee where projectiles were thrown,” a male being found unconscious after “he was set upon by a group of males, a male “being robbed of his helmet and cellular device in the parking lot,” and another male “being robbed of his chain whilst attending a room party.”

A police spokesperson said, “At 2:52am, police were called to the Fairmont Southampton on a report of suspicious activity in a room of the hotel. Upon police arrival, they noticed a large crowd assembled in the room, loud music and the smell of marijuana.

“Police whilst at the hotel, noticed a considerable amount of broken glass in the lobby of the hotel. It was ascertained that prior to the police arrival, a disturbance occurred that saw a number of males involved in a melee where projectiles were thrown.

“Meanwhile at 4:00am, police were summoned back to the hotel where it was reported that a male was found unconscious in the area of the 4th floor elevator. It appears that the victim was involved in a verbal altercation where eventually he was set upon by a group of males and was subsequently rendered unconscious. The victim was taken to KEMH was he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“In an unrelated incident, a male reported being robbed of his helmet and cellular device in the parking lot of the hotel. Two men were arrested in connection with this matter.

“Another local male occupant of the hotel reported being robbed of his chain whilst attending a room party. The victim knows who the perpetrators are but refuses to press charges.

“A total of three persons were arrested in connection with incidents at the hotel and an active investigation has begun. Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was at the hotel who would like to make a report of criminal activity or untoward behavior to contact the Criminal Investigative Division on 295-0011.”

Update 3.02pm: Shelley Meszoly, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing at Fairmont Southampton, said, “The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is always our number one priority at Fairmont Southampton.

“Our property security includes extensive internal protocols and a wide range of measures in place to safeguard our buildings and to protect our guests and colleagues.

“As always, on New Year’s Eve, additional security measures were in place and local police authorities were onsite throughout the evening to support the efforts of the hotel’s security team.

“In response to the isolated incidences at the resort last evening, additional police were called in to secure the situation and ensure the safety of everyone onsite.

“We are cooperating with local law enforcement on their ongoing investigation and to ensure that the most effective safety and security plans are in place at the hotel, providing a safe environment for all visitors and colleagues.

Update Jan 2, 8.46am: Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Jamahl Simmons said, “Violence and criminal activity of any sort have no place in our society. We condemn the incident in the early hours of New Year’s Day and encourage members of the public to assist in the investigation.

“I have reached out to the General Manager at resort and have offered our support and encouragement.

“As we seek to grow our economy and attract more visitors to our shores, each of us have a responsibility and a role to play in preserving the peaceful and tranquil reputation for which we are globally renowned; not just for our visitors but for each of us who call Bermuda home.”

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  1. Lofl says:

    Lofl ppl still have hotel sets!? Grow up!

  2. puzzled says:

    Happy new year.

  3. Blind Sheep says:

    This is why we cannot have nice things….

  4. pisspotical says:

    why am i not surprised

  5. Welcome to 2018 says:

    Great way to start the new year. What a classy group. Some people shouldn’t be allowed out in public. Your parents would be proud!

    This is how animals act not people!

  6. Zevon says:

    Lowlife animals. Scum.

  7. wahoo juice says:

    Globalization? I think not.

  8. HEY….calling all men who involve themselves in such implosive acts!!
    Channel that negative energy in appropriate ways. Utilize your energies for a better Bermuda for Bermudians!!Place that energy precisely where it belongs!!

    Thanks, guys!!

  9. Toodle-oo says:

    Hey OJ ! You’re always spouting ’2 Bermudas’ is this what you mean ?

  10. King Jammys says:

    Yep…two Bermudas!

  11. Happy New Year Bermuda

    No comments!! is this telling me that this read is the “Norm”


    • Toodle-oo says:

      If you have any powers of observation you would be well familiar by now that board moderation is much slower over weekends and public holidays . Pat and crew deserve a little down time , yanno ?
      I think that you’ll find that in short order you’ll get all the feedback you expected reflecting that ‘we’ don’t accept this as any ‘norm’ , new or otherwise .
      (Of course there will be many who don’t like this sort of thing being made public either)

  12. News says:

    Bermuda – so classy.

  13. Spanner breath says:

    Happy New year!

  14. thumper says:

    I think I can help here.
    My hunny and I went Miami Beach and had to pay a breakage fee, we are both over fifty and had to pay one we still don’t understand why.
    If anything is damaged then the fee is forfit.
    Bad behaviour at a host residence ,domicile or hotel room is like …really wrong…and it shows poor upbringing ,also name names…people don’t know how to act should be unwelcome at venues of any kind and should be put on a red flag registry restricting their entry to hotel property ,public venue ,clubs and bars!
    Facial recognition should be installed as an app on your cell phone and made available on subscription to business hotels and venues…and sporting events…anywhere children are present , they are a bad influence and should not be at a place yadda yadda yadda…my cell phone incorperates facial recognition but there is no available service showing the convicted perp. available here…we need reienforced behaviour…let’s move on this.

  15. thumper says:

    If you can lock and unlock your phone with facial recognition. Then convicted offenders should be on an apk that would tell businesses , schools ,etc then the red flag notification go via will find straight to a new branch of police service that can draw from location of the suspected or most likely to do so….mmm’kaaaaaay?

  16. thumper says:

    Melee…Lee did it and toel you…it was me Lee…but you wouldn’t have known it unless he toel u!

  17. Truth says:

    This is why people stereotype a certain segment of our community. Ghetto trash.

  18. Genie says:

    Not the first time that idiots have wrecked havoc at the hotel….. Ban all Bermudians from stating at any local hotel. #parentsrefusetotakeresponsibility #spoiledbratchildren #makebermudagreat

  19. campervan says:

    24/12 get it sorted out PLP.

    • NOLA says:

      what does this have to do with PLP? You need to grow up like the people involved

      • Zevon says:

        They’re in charge. Pastor Bean is being paid to sort this out. Stop wasting time on useless photo ops and do something about crime.

      • Hair says:

        Nola, I stayed at the hotel and it was not nice, pot smoking and foul mouthed ,the youth of today have NO respect of others.. I’m tired of this! I’m fourth generation Bermudian, something has to give!! Happy New Year

      • sandgrownan says:

        PLP set the tone.

      • wahoo says:

        PLP don’t speak out about this because they are afraid of upsetting their base so they are (in a roundabout way) responsible for condoning the behavior. Leadership comes with responsibility and lack of words on these particular issues speak volumes.

        Was at dinner last night at a restaurant popular with locals and tourists and two large groups brought embarrassment to me and others by their lewd and loud conversations. This was not a one-off event we have a culture here that is no longer Bermudian.

    • Me says:

      Please explain what PLP or any party that is voted is supposed to do? It is parents getting these kids rooms and not being supervised.

  20. Doug says:


  21. Whistling Frog says:

    This sill took place while “additional security measures were in place and local police authorities were onsite throughout the evening”.

    Where security and police at a party of their own while this was going on?

  22. Ringmaster says:

    Make hotels and any other areas tourists visit an increased penalty zone, like schools/drugs. In fact just increase penalties, and enforce them, for violent anti social behavior in Bermuda.

  23. Coffee says:

    Meanwhile , in London , four males were stabbed to death in unrelated incidents over the New Year celebrations .

    Although anti social , the behavior of our testosterone filled , probably intoxicated males seem to be quite tame in comparison .

    • Zevon says:

      Knife crime has become a major problem in London ever since the flow of “refugees”. Thank your lucky stars they can’t come here and claim asylum.

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        I usually agree with what you say on the blogs but refugees HAVE NO connection to stabbings in london bra. these are all london kids. you sound like trump go lay down

    • 24/12 says:

      24 got no problem with a few hooligans; cause it’s always worse in Chicago or Baltimore. It’s never a problem until there’s no-one worse than us.

    • 24-7 says:

      The 24 have no problem with a few hooligans cause it’s always worse in Chicago or Baltimore.

      Until there’s no-one worse than Bermuda they have no worries.

    • Betty says:

      London’s population doesn’t compare … Bermuda’s population is roughly 60,000?
      The generation pumped up on hip hop rap ghetto pop culture is expressing a selfishness that ruins the reputation of all Bermudians.
      Shame on the violent offenders.
      Tourism will definitely be affected.

  24. Animal Farm says:

    i hope if the hotel is worth its status they have more than adequate security cameras and security staff that can help the police in a lead to identificationn of the pigs and subsequent putting out to pasture of these low life scumbags that increasingly make the average citizens life more difficult.

  25. Izzypop says:

    Kinda reminds me of college weeks.
    Soon the hotels will say no to Bermuduans renting rooms

  26. Behold the Lambe says:

    Always makes mesmile and laugh when reading the comments about the social ills wefacein Bermuda, somehow it always get thrown on the shoulders ofthe goverment of the day. It is by time we as a communitybegin throwing the resposibility where it belongs. I trulybeleive ifparents would stump this bullcrap while they still have some control we would not have this situations today, but no loadsof parents think it’s ok for thier teens to be out running around all hours ofthe night, learning the trade of being a thug. Send these punks to some of these third world countries to serve some time and watch them return walking the straight and narrow.

    • Time will Tell says:

      Doubt they’ll come back straight & narrow but hardened with them they’ll bring back what ever new tricks or hustle they learned over there.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Let ‘em come back all ‘hardened’ with their new prison education. As soon as they go to try it out we send them back for another round in the gulag . And if they still don’t get it , then another , and another .
        At least they won’t be here diminishing our reputation and quality of life ( what little is left)

    • Rocky5 says:

      PLP Govt. would NOT dare send these wanna be “thugs” to a 3rd world country because they’re afraid of offending their families. This is going to hasten the sale of this Fairmont hotel but lower the price for sure.

      • Wait what says:

        Can’t send bermuda problems to 3rd world….they have enough themselves

  27. Oh,I see now says:

    We are talking about fools that cut the head off the chicken and are too stupid to understand why they can’t have scrambled eggs in the morning anymore.Fighting territorial battles but still living at home and potentially endangering the welfare of loved ones young and old living with them.We can preach till the cows come home but to no avail with this lot.Remember when we dropped our candy on the ground ,we used to pick it up say “God bless germs” and shove it back in our mouth cause God made it all better again………….if only?!!

  28. Mary says:

    Bermuda lawlessness spiraling outta control again under th PLP time to run for the Hill the weed gang is taking over

  29. Mary says:

    Ps well at least they support them no stop list to worry about now

  30. facts of the rock says:

    usual types..westgate full of them.

  31. Y-Gurl says:

    Hood rats

  32. Hope says:

    Would someone from the hotel be able to state what extra security measures were in place? I stayed at the hotel and saw nothing obvious. There were no security at the elevators for example, checking to see if you were in fact a paying guest. On the flip side, apart from some loud music on my floor from large groups in the room, I did not even notice the troubles that occurred until I saw the article.

  33. enough says:

    It said the victim doesn’t want to press charges, that’s one of the problem, they don’t want to press charges because they are scared or retaliation, well if that’s the case then the police should be able to automatically press charges for incidents like this.

  34. So Simple says:

    Why are people allowed beyond the lobby unless they have a room key? In any hotel we have stayed at overseas, at night, the security wont let you upstairs without a room key.

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