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Three Men Arrested, Drugs & Cash Seized at Mount Hill, Pembroke Home

Fri, 2022-07-01

On Wednesday, 29th June 2022, police officers of the Tactical Operations Division executed a drug warrant at a residence on Mount Hill Road, Pembroke, in response to reported drug dealing.

During the operation, led by the Gang Targeting Unit, a quantity of controlled drugs, money and drug equipment were seized. Three men were arrested at the residence, in connection with this matter.

Investigations are still ongoing and anyone with information in relation to this operation or any other crime is asked to call 211, or the main police number 295-0011. Alternatively, you may also speak with a police officer with whom you are familiar.

BPS Appeal to Public Not to Share Video of Flatts Murder Victim [Renewed]

Fri, 2022-07-01

The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a video circulating, showing the Flatts murder victim at the scene, prior to police arrival.

We are urging members of the community to be sensitive toward the victim’s family and not continue to share it.

We continue to appeal to witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Anneka Donawa of the Serious Crimes Unit on 295-0011.

You may also call 211, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or speak with a police officer whom you know.

Monday, 4th July: Renewed appeal regarding not sharing videos of Flatts murder victim 19-year-old Letrae Doeman.

Man Fatally Shot in Flatts, Second Man Shot & Injured Attends Hospital

Fri, 2022-07-01

Around 1:12 a.m. on Friday, July 1st 2022, police received several reports of gunshots heard in the area of Paradise Lane and Middle Road, Flatts Village, Smith’s Parish.

Upon arrival officers found an unresponsive male with multiple gunshot wounds about the body. Officers commenced life-saving measures on the victim until the arrival of EMTs who continued emergency medical treatment.

He was subsequently transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

While officers were at the hospital a second male arrived seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to his arm.

Both men were reportedly traveling west on a motorcycle, when the suspects who were said to have been traveling in the same direction, also on a motorcycle, began shooting at them.

The scene was processed by forensics officers and a number of spent shells were recovered.

Police are asking anyone who may have been traveling through Flatts Village at the time of the incident and may have seen any suspicious activity to please contact Acting Detective Sergeant, Anneka Donawa of the Serious Crimes Unit, on 295-0011.

You may also call 211, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or speak with a police officer whom you know.

Two Visitors Hospitalised, One in ICU, After Rental Scooter Crash

Thu, 2022-06-30

Around 1:40pm Wednesday, 29th June 2022 a reported single vehicle rental scooter crash occurred on Somerset Road in Sandys parish, near the junction with Morgan Hill, in the vicinity of Scaur Hill.

Police, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service as well as ambulance personnel responded.

It appears that a rental scooter ridden by two American visitors was travelling west along Somerset Road when it struck a wall near Ely’s Harbour.

It is understood that the impact threw the rider, said to be a 46-year-old man and his pillion passenger, said to be a 49-year-old woman over the wall, with both landing on the shoreline below.

The married couple were recovered from the shoreline by emergency services personnel and rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment.

At last check the 46-year-old visiting American man was on a general ward with injuries to his arms, legs and head, while the 49-year-old visiting American woman was in the Intensive Care Unit, with serious head and leg injuries which are considered life threatening.

Traffic in and out of Somerset was delayed for approximately two hours while the scene was processed.

The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a video circulating showing the aftermath of this crash and urge members of the public that if they receive it, please delete it, don’t share it.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses that have not already come forward are encouraged to call 211.

Confiscated Assets Fund Supports BPS Financial Investigators Training

Tue, 2022-06-28

Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro (Officer in Charge, Crime Division) – “Detectives from the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) have embarked on a two week course as of Monday, 27th June 2022, aimed at financial investigations, asset recovery, confiscation & forfeiture, as well as investigating virtual (crypto) currencies. With the ever evolving nature of financial crimes, relevant training of investigators is vital.

The two week course has been funded by the Confiscated Assets Fund, which is enshrined in the Proceeds of Crime Act, where cash and forfeiture orders of the courts are deposited when the court has been satisfied that a person has benefited from criminal conduct. These monies are then utilized partly by law enforcement in combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and drug trafficking.

Opening the course, Mrs. Shauna Mackenzie (Acting Chair of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee) made remarks to the course attendees, highlighting the importance of their work in combating criminals use of Bermuda’s financial system to engage in criminal conduct. She made reference to the Bermuda Police Service being at the “frontline” of combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and the financing of weapons of mass destruction. Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels also addressed the detectives and highlighted the importance of this investigative capability.

Importantly, the course was implemented to address a specific issue identified by international assessors from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), where Bermuda’s record on asset confiscation and forfeiture was identified as needing improvement.

The detectives on the course work primarily in the Financial Crime Unit, but officers from the Criminal Investigations Unit and Drugs (Narcotics) Unit are also on the course to address successional planning and redundancy issues. The Financial Crime Unit is largely focused on combating money laundering, corruption, fraud, and other forms of serious financial crimes, and works closely with other local Government and international agencies in these areas.

Upon completion of the course, the detectives will be considered trained financial investigators, and also receive certificates in the investigation of virtual currencies. The course is being provided by GENTIUM UK, a worldwide provider of training and services in financial and cryptocurrency investigations.”

Keith Gordon Murder Investigation

Fri, 2022-06-24

At approximately 3 pm on Saturday, 11th June 2022, police received a report that the body of an unresponsive male had been found inside a residence on Victoria Street in the City of Hamilton.

Police officers attended the location where they discovered the lifeless body of a male.

Officers performed an initial assessment and summonsed the assistance of an on-call physician who certified death shortly after their arrival. The scene was preserved and forensically processed with nothing found to lead officers to believe anything suspicious had occurred inside the residence.

Subsequent to the discovery of the male’s body, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) received several reports from members of the community who expressed concern about the circumstances surrounding the death of the 70-year-old male who was identified as Mr. Keith Gordon.

Detective Inspector Jason Smith said: “As a result of the concern expressed and information provided by members of the public, your police service, launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Gordon. As a result, the BPS on Wednesday 15th June, arrested a man who was a person of interest at that time and questioned him in relation to the death of Mr. Gordon.

Subsequent to that particular line of enquiry and as a result of a post-mortem examination that was conducted by an overseas forensic expert, we now can confirm and report that the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Keith Gordon is now a murder investigation. A man has been taken into custody and he is assisting police with our enquiries. At the moment, there is a file that is being prepared for review by the DPP, who at the appropriate time will make a determination on the way forward.”

The Bermuda Police Service urges anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Gordon in and around the time of 8pm on Friday, 10th June, until the discovery of his body on Saturday, 11th June, to please get in contact with us by calling Detective Inspector Jason Smith on 717-0864. You may also call 211 or, the main police number 295-0011.

Based on their enquiries investigators are aware there was an altercation that took place between Mr. Gordon and another male, in the parking lot of the Ex-Artillery Association on Victoria Street, almost directly across from the residence where Mr. Gordon’s body was found and that there were a number of people who would have witnessed that altercation.

Detective Inspector Smith added: “We appeal for you to come forward to assist us in bringing closure to the family of Mr. Gordon, as well as putting together the pieces of this particular puzzle.”

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist the family of Mr. Gordon during this difficult time.

The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to his family.

Motorcyclist Injured in Reported Serious Single Vehicle Crash

Thu, 2022-06-23

Police are investigating a serious single vehicle road traffic collision involving a motorcycle, which occurred at the roundabout at the junction of Palmetto Road and North Shore Road, Devonshire, around 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022.

The motorcycle rider, a 40-year-old male, was traveling west on North Shore Road, Devonshire. He apparently attempted to continue west onto Palmetto Road at the roundabout, where excavation works are currently being carried out. It is believed he lost control of the bike, hit the island on Palmetto Road and was thrown from the bike.

He sustained facial and head injuries, which appear serious and was subsequently transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he continues to receive treatment for his injuries.

Traffic was diverted away from the area while the Traffic Collision Investigators along with Forensic Staff processed the scene.

Anyone who may have been in the area when the collision occurred or, who may have any information regarding this incident is urged to please contact PC Wayne Sealy via email – wsealy@bps.bm. You may also call 211 or the main police number 295-0011.

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