Within six hours, police in Grand Bahama had to investigate the first homicide and traffic fatality for 2014 on the weekend.
A team of officers was dispatched to a home on Albacore Drive in Lucaya late Friday night after police received information about a male resident there.
Police say when they arrived, they found a Caucasian male bound with duct tape with multiple stab wounds about the body.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour, the victim is believed to be in his late 40s.
" We are right in the middle of the investigation because we are still trying to determine how he would have come to this unfortunate demise," he said.
The man, who is believed to be an American resident on the island, was reportedly discovered shortly after 10:00 p.m., however, police did not say who discovered him or what may have been a motive behind his killing.
Emergency medical personnel were called to the scene and the victim was transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital via ambulance where he was pronounced dead by a doctor.
" At this time police are aggressively investigating this matter. We are also appealing to the general public with any information they have that may assist police in this investigation," Police Affairs and Communications Officer Inspector Terecita Pinder told The Freeport News Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, ACP Seymour, who is responsible for the Northern Bahamas, revealed that they are making headway in their investigation into the double homicide in Abaco last week Saturday.
" We are making progress in the two murders that happened in Abaco. There may be some connectivity between the two murders," he told The Freeport News.
Police discovered the first male slumped over the passenger seat of a light blue Maxima with gunshot wounds to the body.
Officers reportedly made the discovery while on patrol in the S.C. Bootle Highway area through a track road just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18.
EMS personnel were called to the scene and confirmed the man was dead.
Six hours later, police received information the the body of a second man was found lying in the street at Bahama Coral Island.
The man was discovered shortly after 9:00 a.m. with gunshot wounds to the backside of the head. He, too, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A team of officers from the Central Detective Unit flew in from Grand Bahama to assist with the investigations.
Police are still asking anyone with information in the Grand Bahama murder to call 350-3107/8, 911 or 919 or with the Abaco
homicides to contact them at 367-2560 or 367-3437, or call the nearest police station.
Published Monday, January 27, 2014
Susan Rolle posted on: Friday, January 31, 2014 3:30 AM
79 year old man.......Free Thinker , you are a disrespectful know it all, go home. Go a head, you must have the last word, your pride can't bare it if you don't.
Free Thinker posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 8:40 PM
Susan Rolle, based on your written words, plus the insulting comment you wrote, why does it sound like YOU and MR. GIBSON are the same person? It's only a name change. Anyway, I'll play along. I'm very sorry for Mr. Gibson's loss. It was a TRAGEDY. Every life is SACRED. Nevertheless, my experience here, in Grand Bahama, is not the same as Mr. Gibson. Yes, I know we have crime. YESsssss, YESSSS We Do!!!!! But what place doesn't? Fortunately, in Grand Bahama, it's not a wide margin. Mr. Gibson and his family, if he has one, were the unlucky ones. They were exposed to some harsh and cruel reality. To lose a child in that way is tragic and I CAN NOT and WILL NOT begin to comprehend how he feels. But to label the entire Grand Bahama as a crime zone, based on his experience, is disingenuous and unfair.
Susan Rolle posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:48 PM
I know Mr. Gibson, he's a born Bahamian 79 years old, who lost his daughter to the violence happing here in Freeport. He has seen his home land go from a beautiful life to hell on earth. So free thinker, who is probably some loud mouth foreigner exploiting our land for his own gain......Your comments don't mean a damn thing to us Bahamians, and you will never understand our anger.
posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:39 PM
jah bless bahamaland
Scottie posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:43 PM
I am a Canadian twenty five concecutive year winter resident of Freepoert and my family and I love the Island and the Bahamian people.I appreciate you are not without some problems but I do not share the concerns recorded by Mr Gibson. Many of my Canadian friends who are also long time property owners and snow birds also love your Island and its people and to my knowledge have no thought of selling.Wishing all Grand Bahamians good health and happiness for 2014 and a resurgent tourist activity.
posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:11 PM
Where did you read online that it was Anthony Welch?
posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:10 PM
I read in today's paper and online that the murdered victim, Anthony Welch had charges brought against him for securities fraud. He was an American, WANTED by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He owed millions of dollars to people. Uuuuum, I wonder if there is a connection? No place is immune to criminal acts. It is still a tragedy though. R.I.P
Free Thinker posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:28 PM
Why the hostility Gibson?The other day I schooled you. I gave constructive criticism. I showed how my view and your view of the Bahamas differ. No two human beings think alike but you're taking it soooo personal. Can't you just express yourself without that intense anger? If you are so unhappy living here in the Bahamas, I suggest you relocate. Maybe you can find paradise and harmony elsewhere. Shame, shame, shame. Wow!!! I'm done with you. Oh, by the way, for the record, this is the first murder for Grand Bahama. We are still doing good compare to Nassau which I might add, house more than 150,000 people.
Mr. Gibson posted on: Monday, January 27, 2014 11:09 PM
Where's your Paradise now "Free Thinker"? The Bahamas is the toilet of the Atlantic, and everyone I know is selling out of this God forsaken land. Not one person is safe in the Bahamas, investors are pulling out faster than you can say" MURDER",and the word is spreading to stay way from this trash can of a country. IT'S BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS......bullshit!