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Confirmed Firearms Incident in Pembroke: No Reported Injuries

Fri, 2022-05-20

Around 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, 19th May 2022, police received several 911 calls reporting several gun shots heard in different locations within Pembroke Parish, including Deepdale Road, Parsons Road, St. Augustine Hill, Curving Ave and Middle Town.

Police units were immediately despatched to these areas and were informed two individuals on a motorcycle were chasing another person. One of the individuals on the bike was said to have been discharging a firearm as the chase continued.

There have been no reports of anyone attending hospital seeking treatment for gunshot injuries. There were also no reports of property damage in relation to this incident.

Officers recovered several spent shells along with one live round of ammunition from various scenes located in the previously mentioned areas.

As we heighten patrols to provide reassurance to residents, we urge anyone with information on this incident to please get in contact with us by calling 211, the main police number, 295-0011. You may also call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477. Alternatively, share the information with a police officer with whom you are familiar.

Suspect Arrested in Connection With Divots Bar & Grill Firearm Incident

Fri, 2022-05-13

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm an 18-year-old male, is currently in custody assisting with the ongoing investigation into the firearm incident, which occurred at Divots Bar and Grill, Belmont Hills Drive, Middle Road, Warwick on Tuesday 10th May, 2022.

Meanwhile, detectives continue to progress the forensic strategy and other investigative actions concerning the firearm incident, which occurred on Court Street on Sunday 8th May 2022.

Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph of the Crime Division stated: “We are unable to say at this time if the firearm incident which occurred on Sunday 8th May, on Court Street, is connected to the incident which occurred at Divots Bar and Grill.

We are awaiting the outcome of forensic and ballistic testing to determine whether or not the same firearm was used during both incidents.

We wish to remind the public that while we pursue these two matters, the investigation into the murder of Keyoshe Robinson is still being actively progressed by our Serious Crime Unit. Mr. Robinson’s lifeless body was found on Thursday 5th May, 2022, on the shoreline near the golf course in St. George’s.”

Anyone with information on any of these crimes, no matter how insignificant you may think that information to be, to please make contact using 211, the police main line 295-0011 or reaching out to a police officer with whom you are familiar. You may also call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or, Acting Detective Inspector, Dean Martin on 717-2074.

We would like to thank the members of our community who have so far come forward and provided information concerning these incidents.

Sudden Death of 50-Year-Old Jove Mascarinas

Thu, 2022-05-12

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 50-year-old Jove Mascarinas and extends sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Mrs. Mascarinas, a Filipino guest worker, was seriously injured as one of the occupants at a Hilltop Court, Southampton residence where an explosion occurred around 8:50pm Monday, 2nd May 2022.

She received treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where sadly, she was ultimately pronounced dead on the evening of Tuesday, 10th May.

Her husband, 49-year-old Oscar Mascarinas, who also suffered fatal injuries in the Hilltop Court explosion, predeceased her.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer is providing ongoing support to both their families.

The investigation regarding the circumstances and cause of this tragic incident continues.

Once again, members of the public with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, are urged to call 247-1744 as soon as possible.

Commissioner Simons Addresses Firearm Incident at Divots Bar & Grill

Wed, 2022-05-11

As the investigation into the firearm incident which occurred yesterday at Divots progresses, the Bermuda Police Service wishes to thank those members of the public who have thus far. Thank you for providing statements, or otherwise sharing information with detectives.

We urge those individuals who have information about the incident but have not yet come forward, to please do so. I cannot sufficiently stress how important it is for you to work with your police service to combat this kind of behaviour which puts all our lives at risk.

On the question of risk, not long after yesterday’s incident, individuals began sharing a video clip and an image of the off duty police officer, who attempted to apprehend the suspect.

Sharing that video clip and image could quite possibly put the safety and wellbeing of both that officer and those present at risk. What’s more, it could negatively impact the investigation by revealing information which investigators would not want publicised at that time.

I am grateful for the brave actions of the officer and how the recovery of the firearm will advance the investigation and significantly reduce future harm in the country.

I should also make the point that the preservation of life and property must always remain our main objective. Thus, I wish to advise the public that should you find yourself faced with a similar situation, you should always take actions that maximise your safety and avoid confrontation with the perpetrator.

Reported Serious Two Vehicle Collision in Smith's Parish

Mon, 2022-05-09

Around 6:30pm on Monday 9th May 2022, police and other first responders were dispatched to a report of a serious two vehicle collision in the area of McGall’s Hill, Smith’s Parish, involving a car and a motorcycle.

A 40 year old male has been transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital for treatment of what has been described as serious injuries.

Traffic is currently being diverted from South Road onto Sayle Road and St. Mark's Road, while the scene is being processed. Motorists are being advised to use alternative routes.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact police on 211.

Confirmed Firearm Incident in North Hamilton: No Reported Injuries

Mon, 2022-05-09

Police are investigating an attempted shooting which occurred shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Sunday May 8th 2022.

Police at that time received a call from a member of the public who reported a male had brandished a silver coloured handgun and pointed it at an unknown male who was sitting on a white bike near the junction of Court Street and Elliott Street, Pembroke.

The caller stated the suspect attempted to discharge the weapon when it jammed.

It was reported the suspect then ran off through the parking lot towards Union Street.

Police attended the scene which was cordoned off and forensically processed.

Several rounds of live ammunition were recovered during a search of the area.

These were seized and have been sent for further processing.

CCTV footage of the incident is now being reviewed as part of the investigative process.

Detective Chief Inspector, Sherwin Joseph, the officer in charge of the Specialist Investigations Unit highlighted the importance of the report made to police and renewed community assistance going forward. “We are thankful to the caller who alerted us to this incident. However, there were several individuals in the area when it occurred. Despite the efforts of officers at the scene, no one was willing to say what they saw or assist police with their enquiries.

Thankfully, last night’s incident did not result in injury or worse. However, the police are not in this alone and it will take a community effort to put an end to this kind of criminal activity which has already caused unnecessary loss of life and pain to so many families.

Please, we are urging anyone with information on what happened last night, to get in contact with us.”

If you have any information on this matter, please call 211, the main police number, 295-0011, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or, of course share the information by speaking with a police officer with whom you are familiar.

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