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Jahcari Francis Murder Investigation Remains Active 7 Years Later

Friday, July 19,2024

Today, Friday, 19th July 2024, marks seven years since the murder of Jahcari Antoni Francis. At the time of his death, Jahcari was 20-years-old. He was fatally shot around 10:40pm Wednesday, 19th July 2017, inside an Upland Street, Devonshire home. At that time, three other persons were inside the residence with Jahcari. Those individuals were fortunate to be uninjured. Shortly after this callous killing, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) made an appeal for any witnesses that lived in the area, who might have heard the gunshots and/or saw the shooter, who was on a motorcycle, to come forward. Once again, as in previous years, we are renewing our appeal on the date of Jahcari’s murder. The investigative team is still looking to speak with two persons. One of them drove by seconds before the shooting and saw a motorcycle parked at the driveway to the residence where this homicide occurred. The second person was standing at the gate of Upland Street and Middle Road, Devonshire. This is critical to certain lines of enquiry. The investigation remains active and the BPS thanks the public for all assistance received so far. This ongoing appeal for more assistance is to help confirm key information, so that we can bring closure to the family of Jahcari and ensure those responsible for his murder are brought to justice. To provide any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please make contact with the Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jason Smith, on 717-0864 or jsmith2@bps.bm. In addition, information can be provided through the BPS online community reporting portal, https://portal.police.bm/. Alternatively, please call the independent and anonymous Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline 800-8477, or submit confidential tips via their website, www.crimestoppers.bm.



Update: Hospital Treatment for Visitor After Rental Scooter Collision

Monday, July 15,2024

A visitor received hospital treatment after the rental scooter she was riding collided with a section of wooden roadside railing around 11:10am Friday, 12th July 2024, along Middle Road in Southampton. Apparently the single vehicle collision occurred near Tribe Road Number 3, in the vicinity of Five Star Island, as the rental cycle was being ridden in the eastbound lane. It is understood that the 54-year-old visiting American woman involved sustained a broken arm, as well as abrasions about her body and was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance. Traffic diversions were in place for approximately half an hour, immediately following this collision. Inquiries continue and any witnesses are once again encouraged to call 211.



Update: Inquiries Continue Regarding 9th July Three Vehicle Collision

Monday, July 15,2024

A Government van driver involved in a collision with two cars on Middle Road, near the junction with Longford Road in Warwick around 3pm Tuesday, 9th July 2024, was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving and later released from police custody, after he passed the alco-analyser test. The 64-year-old Sandys parish man was unhurt in the collision. The driver of one of the cars involved, said to be a 59-year-old Southampton woman, is understood to have been transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of stiffness in her neck. The driver of the other car involved, said to be a 66-year-old Smith’s parish man, is understood to have been treated at the scene for an abrasion to his knee by emergency medical technicians, while a passenger in the same vehicle was apparently not hurt. It now appears that the Government van involved was being driven in the westbound lane of Middle Road and the two cars were being driven in the opposite direction along Middle Road, when the collision occurred. All three vehicles were damaged, with some traffic delays in the area for approximately one and a half hours, immediately following this collision. Inquiries continue and any witnesses that have not already come forward are encouraged to call 211.



BPS Commissioner Outlines Current Staffing Levels & Government Support

Friday, July 12,2024

Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons - "Today, there are 360 officers in the Bermuda Police Service, including the 14 student officers who are still in training. No record, as far back to 1979, shows staffing levels this low and certainly not with our current gang challenges. Officer numbers need to rise in order for the BPS to effectively respond to violent firearm crime. Rest assured the women and men in the BPS remain committed to and focused on, their mission to make Bermuda safer. The BPS continues to work with The Minister of National Security, and government as a whole, to ensure we are adequately resourced to meet our mandate. To that end, with government’s approval, we are progressing both local and overseas recruitment. We are now engaged in the process of selecting recruits for our next training course. We anticipate starting this training course in November with 25 new officers. Last year Government provided funding for the purchase of ten cars. It is anticipated our fleet will be further enhanced with the purchasing of an additional seven cars later this year, through funding provided by the government. Our efforts will also be bolstered with the updated CCTV camera system, soon expected to be fully operational."



BPS Confirm Identities of 2 Young Men Killed in Scaur Hill Shooting

Friday, July 12,2024

Sadly, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the identities of two young men who died following a verified firearm incident in the Scaur Hill, Sandys parish area that was reported around 6:05am Wednesday, 10th July 2024, as 18-year-old Razi Garland (pictured below left) and 19-year-old Amon Robinson (pictured below right). The BPS extends our sincere condolences to the families and friends of both young men. Two BPS Family Liaison Officers are providing relevant assistance to the families of each deceased teen. Their autopsies will be conducted in due course. The investigation regarding this double-murder is ongoing and the BPS is grateful to those persons that have already come forward to assist with inquiries. The Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), Detective Sergeant Anneka Donawa, is renewing the appeal for anyone with any information that can help establish what happened and who is responsible. SIO Donawa can be reached by calling 717-2250, or by e-mail at adonawa@bps.bm. Information can also be provided through the BPS online community reporting portal, https://portal.police.bm/. Alternatively, anonymous tips can be sent via the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline 800-8477, or the Crime Stoppers Bermuda website, www.crimestoppers.bm. Once again, the BPS urges members of our community directly or indirectly affected by Wednesday’s senseless killing, or any other recent violent incidents, to please reach out to any of the relevant helping agencies for specialist assistance, if necessary.



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