Police Execute Warrants, Make Three Arrests

December 11, 2014

[Updated] There was heavy police presence in the Mount Hill, Pembroke area this morning [Dec 11] with armed officers visible, and the police have confirmed they conducted two search warrants and arrested three people for “firearm related offences.”

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police James Howard said, “People have been providing certain information to the Bermuda Police Service, and we are analyzing every bit of information we get and based on the information, the officers have executed search warrants in this particular neighbourhood.”

“We’ve conducted two search warrants at two residences and we have arrested three people for firearm related offences at the present time and that’s all I’m prepared to say at this time.”

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Update 12.15pm: When asked if the individual who they were looking for previously was in custody, Mr Howard said, “We do not have him in custody as of yet.

“I’m sure he is aware, and as I said before, him and other persons know that the police are looking for them in relation to certain firearm incidents.

“They have an opportunity to come forward and make contact with myself or other officers. Again, save your family, save your friends the agony of officers coming morning, noon, or night executing warrants at their residences.”

When asked if today’s execution of warrants was related to Sunday night, Mr Howard said, “As I said before, we’ve received information in relation to a lot of different incidents that have taken place throughout the island, and we’re acting on each of them.

“So at this time, I’m not prepared to say which incident this particular execution of warrants is in relation to.”

When asked how the officer who was fired at is doing, Mr Howard said, “Mr. Wright, the acting Commissioner of Police, stated before he’s very resolute, he’s a good officer. We’re in constant contact with him and he’s doing fine.”

Speaking about this morning’s actions, Mr Howard said, “In relation to this particular neighbourhood, I recognize that it is an inconvenience and I will always let the public know and persons in the neighbourhood know that we apologize for the inconvenience.

“I’ve actually met with many of the neighbours here and they’re happy to see us, they’re happy to see that we’re doing proactive stuff, and they’ve ben patient with us.
And I just asked the rest of Bermuda, if we end up coming to your neighbourhood, be patient with us.”

When asked how long this morning’s operation took, Mr Howard replied “A couple hours.”

Update 6.02pm: A police spokesperson said, “Various police units including armed officers conducted search warrants at residences in the Mount Hill, Pembroke area Thursday morning as enquiries continue regarding the murder of Prince Edness and other recent confirmed firearm incidents.

“Three persons have been taken into police custody for firearm related offences following this morning’s search. However, a second suspect is still being sought in connection with Sunday night’s murder.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of those residents who were temporarily inconvenienced.”

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Good. Now lets see if the courts back the BPS up.

    • Self says:

      You make a good point. It’s all good to congratulate BPS, but what’s the point if the courts just give them a slap on the wrist.

      • Black Soil says:

        When will certain people understand that if you become a gangster it results in death or being locked up. Being a gangster is NOT a job where you go your merry ol’ way and then retire. It never ends in a nice way. And often innocent people get hurt. GET SOBER, LEARN A TRADE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF YASELF!!!

        • young observer says:

          I think you should print out some signs of your post and stick about ten of them in each neighbourhood!!

  2. The Truth says:

    well done BPS

  3. The police are finally cracking down on crime

    • Micro says:

      No, people are finally speaking up and giving the police enough information to make a good arrest.

  4. tators says:

    Yes since the OBA came to power the Police is cracking down on crime.

  5. Bermuda Jake says:

    They have been doing a First Class job for a long time!

    Well done BPS.

  6. Tisk says:

    Well done BPS. Of all the stupid things these thugs have done in their lives, shooting at a police car probably tops them all. Prison is too good from some people.

    • strongly disagree!!!! what difference does it make who they r u shooting at???! the piont is peoples lives are being stolen from the result iof violence. murdeered.. noone deserves to be robed of the most precious thing we have which is life itself.. why does it take a ploce officer to be shot at for them to start getting serious and solving cases??!!! from the first life is taken is when it got serious

      • The law suits who it wants says:

        I totally agree! They didn’t do all this whoha before with other shootings. They left it to the public to solve… they didn’t care!

      • Anne says:

        Sorry, but when you shoot at the police you really cross the line and you should get a much harsher penalty for that. That is beyond unacceptable. It’s not that the police officer’s life is worth more than the average person, but the position they hold. By shooting at them you are attacking the very foundation of law and order and all that it represents. The government needs to pass new laws hiking the penalties for this kind of thing as well as attacks against any public officers such as judges, prosecutors, etc. These guys need to be sent a strong message that this will not be tolerated.

        As for that person is hiding, how long can he hold out? Where can you hide in Bermuda? You’re only delaying the inevitable and showing yourself to be the coward you truly are.

        • Bryan says:

          Increased penalties?

          These idiots are shooting and killing each other. If the idea of a violent death doesn’t deter them from this behavior, I don’t think the idea of life in prison is either.

        • Sad says:

          Sad thing is he isnt hiding.. He is seen all over the police just dont seem to be looking for him good enough

        • Carlton Smith says:

          There already are increased penalties for crimes against police. If you kill one, your sentence will not be life, it will be at Her Majesty’s Pleasure a sentence which can only be appealled to the Queen herself via a very difficult slow and abstract process.

  7. Pah! says:

    Its always the same thing after these incidents and then its back to business as usual. The police need to show consistency. If they only do these searches when there has been a firearm incident of course these fools are going to hide cause they know they are coming!! Show up when they are in their comfort zone and least expect it!! Its good however, to see the community working with the police to catch these idiots. Together we can help eliminate this problem.

    • wondering says:

      I agree with you on this one…the police have shown their inexperience with this incident(s).

      They need to be more robust with their armed patrols in at least 6 land rovers and be prepared to be on the road almost 24/7

      some will disagree, but the NI tactics of the British Army- especially surveillance and aggressive patrols need to be constant, unpredictable and effective.

    • Micro says:

      Maybe we only see an increase in arrests in connection with gun crime after a shooting is because people get scared or fed up and muster up and the courage to speak up.

  8. sml says:

    The main one is still at large. They need to put him on blast so people know.

  9. Oh,I see now says:

    The police are constantly on the job the difference is people are finally fed up and speaking out…..good for them and Bermuda.

  10. sorry sir says:

    A couple of shots fired at a police and finally we see some real progress.

  11. Coffee says:

    Close the net !

  12. swing voter says:

    People are scared of these boys. Its time for special juries imported from UK territories. I won’t mind my tax payer dollars supporting this to ensure these lot are convicted! You hear me Barron!

    • Micro says:

      Yup. I’m sure “Oh that’s so and so’s bie? He was always a good boy, he couldn’t have done that”. is a frequent thought process in too many juror’s minds.

    • Anne says:

      True, I’ve thought the same thing. It really takes a great deal of courage to convict someone because Bermuda is so small and jurors might worry about repercussions. Importing juries would solve that problem.

  13. Oh,I see now says:

    sml says:
    December 11, 2014
    The main one is still at large. They need to put him on blast so people know.

    I don’t think he will be a problem in Bermuda ever again unless he is deported.

  14. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Hanging for capital Punishment..end of story…!Life imprisonment if convicted of….accessory to murder……..25 years if found to be in possession of a firearm.10 years if found in possession of illegal drugs….!If you are not serious ……stop fronting and playing to the crowd…! Yes I am talking to you…!!!

  15. Y-Gurl says:

    Its extremely sad that over 2 dozen people have been shot since 08 and countless families destroyed as a result and also we’ve watched Bermuda’s reputation as a safe place go down the toilet, we have been asking for action for years with little or no effort and apparently it took a couple of shots into a Government jeep before the BPS get up and take this rampant gun violence in Bermuda seriously and actually start using the information they have had for years….wow

    • Just One says:

      I feel sorry for the women and children…less men, less fathers…

    • Common Sense says:

      I have to seriously wonder where has Y-Gurl been in recent years. The Police Service has been making numerous arrests for gun murders and gun violence. They have also had a very high success rate in obtaining convictions for these offences, despite the problems outlined by some of the bloggers regarding finding jurors who are not intimidated.

      To suggest that it is only after a “Government jeep” is shot at that the Police are now taking gun violence seriously is both ludicrous and downright false.

      Those persons who need to take this rampant gun violence seriously are those who see or hear potentially useful information and they need to make sure to pass it on to the Police so they can compile the evidence and present sufficient evidence in court to secure convictions.

      I should add that this is one area where our politicians are speaking with one voice. They are all condemning this terrible scourge of senseless violence and want to see it stopped. Both parties have supported the Police Service, and long may they continue to do so.

  16. duh says:

    How many times are we going to hear, “mount hill & guns” the police know where to go after the shootings…. probably got the cell number

    • Watcher55 says:

      If there was a big red arrow pointing down from the sky we would still have the same dismal results

  17. UpsetwithVerdict says:

    Great job BPS! Keep on top of these animals that are wreaking havoc on our island! Keep intruding on them and invading their privacy and hopefully even their families would get tired and give them up and any information they may have….It takes all of us Bermuda to get rid of this problem and please do your part if you can! thank you!!

  18. X says:

    While there is a jury system here, with Bermudians on the jury, there will not be a fair system – I know jurors who have nothing to do with the defendant, feeling extremely intimidated and scared. The guys who are let off know where the jurors live and work … this is simply too small an island to have an effective jury system.

    Perhaps we should be paying for jurors to be flown in … costly, but at least the convictions will happen.

  19. Alvin Williams says:

    It’s funny but the police was more reactivate during the black power revolt during the 60′s& 70′s. who can forget the stand by riot squads that turn up every time black youth were seen together. Or the police plant that monitored PLP political meetings usually done by West Indian officers who it was thought could blend in? A fail effort since Bermuda is too small and the poor fellow most times did not sit out the full meeting as eyes were on him. And who can forget the weekend clashes between black youth and their soup-up bikes against the infamous police cycle squad were legends on both sides were born- tales from the history of policing in Bermuda.

    • Creamy says:

      Reminiscing Alvin? You sound all misty-eyed.

    • Common Sense says:

      Alvin’s comments on this issue must be the most distorted he has ever written. It was of course, several members of the black power movement who assassinated the Commissioner of Police, the Governor, and two completely innocent shopkeepers who were tied up and then savagely shot in cold blood at close range. It took years to complete the investigation of these horrendous murders and bring the culprits to justice. In those days the Police were unarmed, and one of the main culprits was arrested carrying two loaded firearms by two unarmed police officers who took their lives in their hands and carried out their duty without any injury to him.

      To suggest that police riot squads were out whenever members of the black power movement held a meeting is ludicrous.

      And as for the so-called “weekend clashes between black youth and their souped-up bikes and the infamous police cycle squad” that is just plain “funny”! From what I can recall, the Police Cycle squad was formed to deal with the huge amount of thefts of motor cycles and cycle parts which then plagued Bermuda and was committed by both black and white youths. Yes, the Cycle Squad also chased after those young men who illegally souped up their bikes and sped all over the Island. As Alvin says, who can forget those late night races on McGall’s Hill, Shelley Bay straight, or Middle Road in Southampton.

      Tragically, there were many young men either killed or injured on our roads at a time when crash helmets were not required, but most grew up and went on the become law abiding citizens as did many of those who were involved in the black power movement.

      Times have moved on and we all have to work together to stop this senseless gun culture amongst a small number of young men. It is time to stop blaming the Police, or the Government of the day, and do whatever we can to make sure these young men have the opportunity to grow old gracefully.

    • fedup says:

      ….and who has forgotten the brutal murders committed by members of the black panthers in Bermuda, and the riots that occurred due to their subsequent capture and capital punishment?

  20. fedup says:

    ” two completely innocent shopkeepers who were tied up and then savagely shot in cold blood at close range.”

    Don’t forget how they were tortured first, for hours.