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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.

Roads Policing Unit Reminder to Riders Under 18

Fri, 2022-05-06

The Roads Policing Unit (RPU) continues their efforts to educate the public and appropriately enforce the island’s traffic laws, with a timely reminder to riders aged 16 & 17.

It should be noted that riders under 18 cannot carry or ‘tow’ a passenger and cannot be on the roads between 1am and 5am.

The relevant legislation, the Auxiliary Bicycles Act 1954, states:

Prohibition from carrying passenger

9B (1) No person under the age of eighteen years shall drive an auxiliary bicycle with a passenger.

Restricted driving hours

9C (1) No person under the age of eighteen years shall drive an auxiliary bicycle between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

The penalties for disobeying the restrictions as stated in the Traffic Offences (Penalties) Act 1976 are:

•          A $300 fine.

•          5 to 7 demerit points.

•          A possible six-month ban from riding on the roads.

Inspector Darren Glasford, officer responsible for the RPU explained, “It has been noticed recently that many riders under the age of 18 are not following these rules.

This reminder is intended to promote voluntary compliance.

Overall, our goal is not to be punitive – but where police officers encounter offences being committed, our duty is to appropriately enforce the law.”

Keyoshe Robinson Murder Investigation

Fri, 2022-05-06

Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro, Officer in Charge – Crime Division: “The Bermuda Police Service has launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body on the shoreline, just off the 10th hole of the golf course in St. George’s.

Officers who had been tasked to look for a male reported missing the previous day, made the sad discovery.

We can now confirm the body was that of missing person, Mr. Keyoshe Robinson, 22 years of age, of St. George’s Parish.

Mr. Robinson was reported missing at 5:10pm on Wednesday 4th May, 2022. He was last seen alive around 10:00pm Tuesday 3rd May, 2022, in the St. George’s town area.

Mr. Robinson was at the time wearing grey sweatpants, a dark coloured sleeveless ‘puffy’ vest and a grey ‘hoodie’ with black rings around the sleeve cuffs underneath. He was also wearing white sneakers.

Officers are working closely with the family and friends of Mr. Robinson, and a family liaison officer has been appointed to assist them during this difficult process.

Detectives from the Serious Crime Unit are investigating the matter, and are scouring CCTV footage and other evidence to find his killers.

We are of the view that Mr. Robinson knew his killers, and may have been lured to the location where he met his death.

We await the results of a pending forensic autopsy, but evidence from the scene points to Mr. Robinson having been shot with a firearm.

Forensic investigations continue, and a full complement of detectives are investigating under the command of Acting Detective Inspector Dean Martin. 

St. George’s is a close knit community, and someone will know something about the death of Mr. Robinson.

We implore the people of St. George’s, in particular and Bermuda generally, to assist their Police Service. We note a lot of speculation on social media about the reason for Mr. Robinson’s death.

We urge members of the public not to engage in such activity, and allow officers to gather facts and evidence required to bring these heinous killers to justice.

If you know something, make contact with us today. Acting Detective Inspector, Dean Martin, may be contacted on 247-1285 or 717-2074. You may also call 211, the main police number, 295-0011 or, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

Alternatively, if there’s a police officer you know and are comfortable speaking with, we urge you to share the information with that officer."

Sudden Death of 49-Year-Old Oscar Mascarinas

Wed, 2022-05-04

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 49-year-old Oscar Mascarinas and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. 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 and later pronounced dead at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

At last check his 50-year-old wife, also a Filipino guest worker, remains listed in critical condition in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

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.

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