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2022 Murder of Laje Franklin Still Being Actively Investigated

Mon, 2024-04-08

Two years ago, a passer-by found 18-year-old Laje Franklin’s lifeless body lying near the roundabout on the roadway leading to Clearwater Beach, St. David’s shortly after 6:30am Wednesday, 6th April 2022.

He died of multiple gunshot wounds and detectives believe that he was fatally shot near where he was found.

Inquiries into the teen’s murder initially appealed for anyone who heard any suspicious noises or saw suspicious activity in the area of Tommy Fox Road, or near the Gulfstream residences at Southside, between 11:00pm Tuesday, 5th April 2022 and the early hours of Wednesday, 6th April 2022, to make contact with the Serious Crime Unit.

One person was arrested in connection with the 18-year-old’s murder and later released on police bail.

While Bermuda Police Service (BPS) detectives are grateful for the assistance received to date from the public, a renewed appeal for relevant information is being issued, regarding this ongoing active homicide investigation.

In fact, BPS investigators remain confident that there are members of the public who have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Franklin’s killing, but for whatever reason, are choosing not to come forward and reveal what they know.

Help bring those responsible for the murder of Laje Franklin to justice. Contact Acting Detective Inspector Anneka Donawa of the Serious Crime Unit in confidence by calling 247-1739 or e-mailing adonawa@bps.bm.

Alternatively, anonymous tips can be shared through the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda website, www.crimestoppers.bm.

2021 Murder of Jordan Outerbridge Still Being Actively Investigated

Mon, 2024-04-08

Three years ago, around 10:30pm Tuesday, 6th April 2021, Jordan Outerbridge was fatally shot on the Railway Trail in Warwick. He was 37-years-old at that time.

On the night of his murder, Mr. Outerbridge was the first person to leave a regularly scheduled card game at a nearby Tribe Road Number 2, Warwick residence.

As he was about to head home to his wife and two girls, a gunman wearing a blue coloured jacket with a hood shot him multiple times, before escaping on the back of a waiting motorcycle.

The gunman’s accomplice, riding the motorcycle, wore black clothing.

So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the 37-year-old’s murder.

Bermuda Police Service (BPS) detectives are grateful for the assistance received to date from the public and renew their appeal for relevant information, as this active homicide investigation continues.

In fact, BPS investigators remain confident that there are members of the public who have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Outerbridge’s killing, but for whatever reason, are choosing not to come forward and reveal what they know.

Help bring those responsible for the murder of Jordan Outerbridge to justice. Contact Acting Detective Inspector Anneka Donawa of the Serious Crime Unit in confidence by calling 247-1739 or e-mailing adonawa@bps.bm.

Alternatively, anonymous tips can be shared through the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda website, www.crimestoppers.bm.

Operation Vega Update: First Quarter 2024

Thu, 2024-04-04

Statistics

Impaired Driver Arrests:

Full Year 2021 - 170

Full Year 2022 - 229

Full Year 2023 - 265

First 3 Months 2024 - 39

In this period, 1st January 2024 until 31st March 2024, the breakdown of traffic offences reported is as follows:

                                                           January                February              March

Impaired Driving                                15                       9                         15

Speeding                                           183                       172                      284

Traffic sign                                          55                       36                          25

Unlicensed vehicle                            57                      36                        25

No third party insurance                  62                     26                         19

No driver’s licence                            52                     27                         31

Manner of driving                              3                        3                           6

Disqualified driver                             9                        6                           5

Seatbelt                                               6                       2                           4

Helmet                                                3                       9                           4

Handheld device                               4                     16                           8

Defective vehicle                              5                       2                           5

Fail to give name/address              1                       0                           1

Fail to stop                                        4                       2                           4

Fraudulent documents                   1                       1                           0

Making a false statement              0                       0                           0  

License plate offence                     2                       1                           0

Tint offence                                     0                       0                           0

Youth license offence                    0                      0                            0

Parking                                           91                  115                         58

Motorist Advice Notices           100                    58                         55

 

Total                                            653                   521                      549

Inquiries Underway Into Two Separate Incidents of Reported Theft

Thu, 2024-04-04

Stolen Motorcycle

Around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 2nd April 2024, police received a report of a motorcycle theft on Middle Road, Sandys.

Apparently a female resident was travelling east along Middle Road when her helmet fell off.

She parked the bike in the bus layby along Middle Road near the junction with George’s Bay Road, Sandys and went to retrieve her helmet.

As she did so, an unknown male who was standing in the bus layby, proceeded to get onto the motorcycle and rode off in a westerly direction.

The suspect is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, dark complexioned, wearing all black clothing and a black helmet. The stolen motorcycle is said to be a black Sym HD 125 with licence plate CN448.

Visitors’ Handbag Stolen

Shortly after 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, 2nd April 2024, police received a report of a theft from a rental auxiliary cycle.

A visiting Canadian national told police that while travelling along Somerset Road in Sandys with another Canadian visitor pillion passenger, an unknown black motorcycle with two persons wearing dark visors, bumped the back of their rental scooter.

The suspects then removed a black and purple knapsack from the basket, containing a quantity of cash and electronic devices and escaped.

Enquiries into both incidents are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the main police number, 295-0011.

Renewed Appeal to Identify Owner of Cash Found at Church Bay Park

Wed, 2024-04-03

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is renewing an appeal to identify the owner of a significant amount of money discovered Sunday, 10th March 2024 in the area of Church Bay Park, Southampton.

BPS inquiries continue regarding this matter.

To claim this cash, please get in touch with Detective Chief Inspector Jason Smith of the Specialist Investigations Department by calling 717-0864, or e-mailing jsmith2@bps.bm.

Easter Holiday Policing

Tue, 2024-04-02

The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS) wish to take this opportunity to thank the public, for working with us to prevent any major incidents over the Easter holiday period.

There were numerous social events spread across the island and these took place without any incidents reported, or calls for police assistance to deal with any untoward situations or incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Still, there were a number of arrests made for various offences.

Troublingly, despite publicly highlighting via a press conference as well as social media along with traditional media, that there would be a heightened police presence across the island, including roadside sobriety checkpoints over the holiday weekend, 158 tickets were issued for traffic offences.

Of that figure, 117 were for speeding offences, with motorists clocked at speeds ranging from 60 KMH to 80 KMH. The other offences included no driver’s license, unlicensed and uninsured vehicle, illegal tint, disobeying traffic signs and use of cell phone while driving.

Troublingly, there were seven people arrested for driving while impaired.

The highest breathalyser reading recorded was 202.3 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. That’s more than twice the legal limit of 80 milligrams/100 millilitres.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY:

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024, police attended the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in response to a report of a male that showed up seeking treatment for a knife wounds to his hand.

Investigations revealed the victim was walking to his car, which was parked on Angle Street, Pembroke, when he was allegedly approached by three unknown males, dressed in all black and traveling on two dark coloured motorcycles.

They allegedly demanded a chain he wore around his neck but he refused. A struggle reportedly ensued during which the male sustained lacerations to his hand.

No property was taken.

The suspects then rode off along Angle Street, onto Union Street and made good their escape.

TAKING VEHICLE WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT (TWOC):

On Sunday, March 31st, 2024, police received a report that three individuals dressed in all black clothing, black helmets, black gloves and wearing masks were in the area of Tamarind Vale Warwick, attempting to steal a motorcycle.

The individuals were approached by a member of the public and fled. Two on a motorcycle and one on foot. The suspects on the motorcycle dropped the bike but still managed to make good their escape.

Officers responded to the area and saw a male fitting the description of the suspects. Unable to give an account as to why he was in the area, he was arrested on suspicion of TWOC. He was taken to the Hamilton Police Station where he was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

The bike dropped by the two other suspects, was subsequently recovered by officers. Checks revealed that it had been previously reported stolen.

VEHICLE FIRE:

Around 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2024, police and Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) personnel attended a report of a vehicle on fire on The Glebe Road, Pembroke.

On arrival, officers found a light truck engulfed. The fire was extinguished by BFRS.

Subsequent inquiries led to suspicions the fire was maliciously set.

BLADED ARTICLE ARREST:

Just before 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2024, police received a report that a male was waving a knife and threatening people in the area of Dundonald Street, Pembroke.

Officers on patrol located a male fitting the description of the subject on Victoria Street, near the Hamilton Police Station.

Officers engaged the subject who dropped a bag he had in his possession and ran off.

After a brief foot pursuit, the subject was apprehended at the intersection of Church Street/Court Street.

He was arrested for possession of a bladed article in a public place.

These matters all remain under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the main police number, 295-0011 or 211.

You may also share the information with a police officer you know, or via the BPS Community Reporting Portal at, https://portal.police.bm.

Drowning Incident at Horseshoe Bay

Wed, 2024-03-27

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 March 2024, police received a report of persons in difficulty in the water at Horseshoe Bay.

Police, Emergency Medical Services and Coastguard personnel were dispatched to scene.

Upon arrival, officers established there were three persons, all visitors to the island, requiring assistance.

Information provided indicates a child got into difficulty while in the water and a male went to her assistance.

However, he too got into difficulty and became in need of help.

A woman then entered the water and was able to get both the child and the male out.

Life-saving efforts commenced immediately once the male who was unresponsive was out of the water.

He was transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH), where sadly, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The young child was alert. She was taken in another ambulance to KEMH for medical assessment.

There will be no further information provided at this time.

Motorcyclist Hospitalised After Collision With Car in the City of Hamilton

Tue, 2024-03-26

Around 5:10pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, police and other first responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle collision involving a car and a bike on Par-La-Ville Road at the junction with Church Street, in the City of Hamilton.

Initial information suggests that a car, which was negotiating a right hand turn from Par-La-Ville Road onto Richmond Road, became involved in a collision with a motorcyclist who was reportedly overtaking the line of traffic.

The driver of the car was not reported to be injured.

However, the male motorcyclist has been transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment of potentially serious injuries.

Police are diverting traffic at the scene and traffic delays are to be expected.

West Park Lane Firearms Incident Witness Appeal: No Reported Injuries

Wed, 2024-03-20

Around 11:10 pm on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024, police received reports of multiple gunshots heard in the area of West Park Lane, Pembroke.

Units were dispatched to the location to carry out checks.

It was reported that a bullet was found inside a residence in the area of Ingham Vale, Pembroke.

Officers of the Forensic Support Unit attended and processed the scene.

An investigation into this incident has now commenced and any one with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant, Odessa Philip of the Serious Crime Unit at 247-1739, or via email at, ophilip@bps.bm.

You may otherwise share the information with an officer you know or by using the BPS community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm.

Another option would be to visit the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.bm/ complete the anonymous online reporting form.

Motorcyclist Seriously Hurt in Hamilton Parish Collision [Updated]

Sat, 2024-03-16

There has been a serious road traffic collision on the North Shore Road, just west of Francis Patton Primary School, Hamilton Parish.

Details are limited at this time, but the incident involved a motorcycle and a car.

The roadway is now blocked while the scene is processed by Traffic Collision Investigators.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted onto Radnor Road onto North Shore Road then, onto Harrington Sound Road.

Westbound traffic is being diverted onto Fractious Street at the junction with North Shore Road then, onto Wilkinson Avenue.

It is anticipated the roadway will remain closed for an extended period.

Update: Sunday, 17th March - Around 9:15 p.m. on Saturday March 16, 2024, police and first responders were dispatched to a serious road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a motorcar on North Shore road Hamilton Parish.

Reports are, a male motorcyclist was traveling east on North Shore Road when he attempted to overtake a line of traffic.

He collided with a motorcar just west of the Francis Patton Primary School and was ejected from the bike into the roadway.

He sustained multiple serious injuries and was left unconscious.

Upon arrival at the scene police officers immediately commenced life saving procedures until Emergency Medical Services attended.

The motorcyclist was immediately transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment for his injuries.

At last check, he was listed in critical condition in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

The motorcar driver was not hurt but was left visibly shaken by the incident.

The roadway remained closed for approximately three hours while the scene was processed by Traffic Collision Investigators.

We wish to thank motorists and the traveling public for their patience and cooperation while this process was completed.

An investigation into this incident is underway and eyewitness or anyone with information, is asked to contact Police Constable Ralshon Douglas on 717-0964 or via email, rdouglas@bps.bm.

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