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Investigation Ongoing: Murder of 18-Year-Old Laje Franklin

Thu, 2022-04-07

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm the identity of the young man who was gunned down in St. David’s as 18-year-old Laje Franklin (pictured) from St. George’s and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

The investigation into his murder continues and anyone who has any CCTV, dash cams or video door bells with footage from 10:30pm to 11:30pm on Tuesday 5th April 2022 around St. George’s and St. David’s is asked to secure the footage, as it may be vital to the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford said, “I would like to thank the public, as many people have already come forward offering information and support to the police.

It is a testament to the closeness of the community in the east of the island that has been impacted by this killing.”

Any relevant footage can be uploaded directly to the police at https://portal.police.bm/crime and anyone with any information is urged to call 211 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477 as soon as possible.

Confirmed Firearm Incident in Paget Monday Night: No Reported Injuries

Wed, 2022-04-06

Around 9:10pm Monday, 4th April 2022 one 911 call was received reporting a single gunshot heard in the Ord Road, Tribe Road No. 5, Paget area.

Police officers responded and conducted inquiries in the area but at that time, nothing was found to confirm the report.

However, evidence was located later the next day, Tuesday 5th April that substantiated a confirmed firearm incident.

There were no reported injuries. Anyone with relevant information is urged to call 211 as soon as possible or 911 in an emergency.

Anonymous tips can also be provided by calling the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477, or visiting the Crime Stoppers Bermuda website www.crimestoppers.bm.

Murder Investigation Underway After 18-Year-Old Man Found Shot Dead [Updated]

Wed, 2022-04-06

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm it has begun a murder investigation into the death of an eighteen-year-old male, whose lifeless body was found at Southside earlier today (Wednesday, 6th April 2022).

A passer-by contacted police shortly after 6:30 this morning and reported there was an unresponsive male lying near the roundabout on the roadway leading to Clearwater Beach.

Police attended the scene and located the body, which bore confirmed gunshot wounds.

Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith, of the Serious Crime Unit said, “There was forensic evidence recovered at the scene to confirm the male was shot near where his body was found. We are appealing for anyone who may have heard any suspicious noises or seen anyone acting in a suspicious manner in the area of Tommy Fox Road or near the Gulfstream residences at Southside, between 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday 5th April 2022 and the early hours of today, Wednesday 6th April, 2022, to please get in contact with us.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Mr. Smith on 717-0864. You may also call 211, the main police number 295-0011, or, Bermuda Crime Stoppers on 800-8477. Alternatively, you may also share any information you might have regarding this incident, by speaking with a police officer with whom you are familiar.

Mr. Smith added, “Yet another young man has been taken away from us and again by means of a senseless act of violence. I urge the public to come forward and tell us what you know, to not only help bring whomever is responsible to justice, but also to bring closure to the family of this young man, who are left to mourn his passing.”

Update: Thursday, 7th April - Investigation ongoing regarding the murder of 18-year-old Laje Franklin.

Update: Thursday, 14th April - Arrest made in connection with the murder of Laje Franklin.

Active Investigation Continues Into Murder of Jordan Outerbridge 1 Year Later

Wed, 2022-04-06

Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith (Senior Investigating Officer) – “Approximately 10:30pm on 6th April 2021 37-year-old Mr. Jordan Outerbridge (pictured) had just finished playing a game of cards at a residence on Tribe Road No. 2 in Warwick. He was on his way home to his family – his wife and at that time, his 1-year-old daughter and 11-year-old stepdaughter.

As he was about to leave, he was set upon by a male who shot him several times. After he was shot, Mr. Outerbridge received lifesaving measures including CPR to save his life, but tragically, he was later pronounced dead.

The investigation that began last year is still active today. Since the 6th April 2021, we have made some progress in this investigation, but we are not finished yet. We do know that in particular there are area residents who may have seen the suspect vehicle, prior to the shooting.

And we believe that based on our investigation so far, that the suspect motorcycle was patrolling up and down Tribe Road No. 2 just prior to the shooting. In fact, our investigation leads us to believe it was somewhere in the region of 10pm 6th April 2021 when the suspect vehicle was on Tribe Road No. 2.

As we said earlier, we believe Mr. Outerbridge was not the intended victim, which makes this case even more tragic – that an innocent man would have lost his life in such a violent manner – leaving behind a wife and two young children.

So today, on the one-year anniversary of his murder, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) continues to appeal for anyone who has information about the fatal shooting of Jordan Outerbridge to make contact with us.

We are interested in those residents who heard the gunshots and then would have seen or heard the suspect motorcycle leaving the Tribe Road No. 2 Warwick area. The direction of travel of the motorcycle after it left Tribe Road No. 2, we believe, was turning right on Ord Road heading toward the Belmont Hills golf course.

It is understood that the motorcycle’s passenger had the gun. Our investigative hypothesis is that the suspects are involved in a gang and the intended target is in a gang – but to reiterate, Mr. Outerbridge was not the intended target.

Our investigation also leads us to believe that same motorcycle travelled to the City of Hamilton. We do know that at the time of this shooting a curfew was in place at 11pm.

If there were people on the streets who saw a motorcycle travelling in an erratic manner the night of 6th April 2021 – we said previously that one of the riders had on a blue jacket, we are still interested in that – if those individuals that saw something could come forward to assist in bringing closure to the family of Mr. Outerbridge, we would greatly appreciate it.

There are several police units actively involved in this investigation – that includes intelligence, forensics, detectives and Parish Constables. Of course, as the investigation has progressed, we are also in consultation with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

We feel we are making progress in this investigation, which is why this appeal is even more important. We are eager to speak with anyone that has information that can take our investigation to the point of presenting a file to the DPP – that is what we are aiming for.

We need the community’s support to help us solve this case. It is incredibly difficult for the Outerbridge family, who are still grieving the loss of their loved one Mr. Jordan Outerbridge, who lost his life doing something he did on a regular basis – playing cards.

We know for certain there are persons in our community that have information that is critical to this investigation – and their support makes a big difference whether this case is solved or goes unsolved.

As always, those with information that can assist but wish to remain anonymous can call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477 or submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Stoppers Bermuda website www.crimestoppers.bm.

Similarly, I can be contacted on 717-0864 or e-mail jsmith2@bps.bm. Members of the public with relevant information may also speak to their community leaders (who in turn are invited to make contact with the BPS), or a member of the BPS they know.

All information is valuable. The Bermuda Police Service remains committed to bringing those involved in Mr. Outerbridge’s murder to justice and providing some resolution to the Outerbridge family.”

One Teen Hurt, Two Teens Arrested After Saturday Stabbing Incident

Tue, 2022-04-05

Detectives continue their inquiries into a stabbing incident that occurred around 1:35pm Saturday, 2nd April 2022 near the City of Hamilton bus terminal.

Police officers responded Saturday afternoon (2nd April) after a 911 call about three males involved in an altercation.

Two suspects, a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, were arrested in the area a short time later. Both teens have since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

A 13-year-old boy attended King Edward VII Memorial Hospital later that day with a non-life threatening upper back injury. He was treated and discharged.

Investigators would like to thank those members of the public who have already assisted with inquiries and appeal for anyone who may have video footage of Saturday afternoon’s stabbing incident to make contact with Acting Detective Sergeant Seymour Foote on 717-2282, e-mail sfoote@bps.bm or call 247-1744.

Sudden Death of 69-Year-Old-Man [Updated]

Mon, 2022-04-04

Around 12:25pm Monday, 4th April 2022 a 911 call was received of a body overboard in the waters off Penhurst Park dock, North Shore Road, Smith’s parish.

Coastguard, police and ambulance personnel attended the scene.

The individual involved, believed to be a 69-year-old Smith’s parish man, was recovered from the ocean and lifesaving efforts commenced – which continued as he was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance.

However, sadly, he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Once next of kin have been notified, official identification of the deceased is anticipated in due course.

Inquiries continue regarding the circumstances of this sudden death.

Anyone with any relevant information is encouraged to call 211 as soon as possible.

Update: Friday, 8th April - 69-year-old Alfred Brookes identified.

Operation Mizar: 4 Arrested, Cannabis Worth Estimated $1.2 Million Seized

Mon, 2022-04-04

On Thursday 24th March 2022, police conducted a joint operation dubbed, “Operation Mizar”, with HM Customs.

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) Drugs Unit were called in after officers from HM Customs intercepted a shipment found to contain about 58 pounds of cannabis, with an estimated street value of $1.2 million (Bermuda dollars).

Four persons were arrested in relation to this matter, and three residences in Warwick were searched.

Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph, who heads up the Specialist Investigations Department stated, “The importation of cannabis is still illegal. What we understand is that controlled drugs imported in such a manner involve persons who are members of organised crime groups, who are also involved in gang and gun culture.”

No further information will be provided at this time. The BPS Drugs Unit continues investigations into this incident.

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