A home invasion turned tragic for a resident Canadian family early Tuesday morning after they were bound and robbed by three armed bandits and one of them fatally shot.
Police say a 56-year-old Caucasian man, believed to be a British national, who was on island visiting his mother, got into an altercation with one of the intruders when he was shot and killed.
Seven people were reportedly in the two storey-home on Dunton Lane in Emerald Bay when the three masked, gloved males dressed in dark clothing broke in just before 7:00 a.m.
One of the bandits was armed with a handgun and another with a machete, according to police who received information about the incident shortly after 9:30 a.m.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour explained the time lapse between the incident and them being notified.
“Our investigation suggests that phones may have been there but they may have been tampered with during the course of the robbery, which probably prohibited them from calling out,” he said.
After freeing themselves and ensuring the bandits had fled the area, members of the family made their way over the bridge and drove to Central Police Station to alert authorities.
The trio fled the home in a white GMC Chevy truck, owned by the gardener at that residence, and made away with several pieces of jewelry and other personal belongings of the victims.
The vehicle was recovered about a block away from the home.
Medical personnel, including the Rand Memorial Hospital pathologist, were summoned to the scene and pronounced the shooting victim dead.
Officers from the Criminal Detective Unit and Scenes of Crime were observed combing the scene and the nearby area for hours as the media was kept at bay.
“This incident is very disturbing to us in law enforcement and I’m sure it is to the wider Grand Bahama community. I would have met with the families of the deceased and of course assured them of the police department’s support and of course those persons responsible for this latest homicide being brought to justice,” the Grand Bahama police chief said.
ACP Seymour is again calling on residents to “step up to the plate” and assist police in bringing the matter to a speedy resolution.
“We’re looking at any and every eventuality in this particular matter. Whether or not they were targeted whether or not it was a random matter,” he said.
Police could not say how long the intruders stayed at the home, how they gained entry or if the occupants were asleep when they did.
A distraught woman, who identified herself as a friend of one of the female occupants, had to be held back from the scene as she ran toward the yellow crime scene tape and attempted to make her way through.
Unable to reach her friend by telephone and uncertain of exactly what had transpired, the woman tried desperately to relay to the police the urgency of her gaining entrance, but was calmed and informed that the scene was an active one and she would not be allowed entry.
Other concerned citizens who made their way to the scene were also turned back.
Some two hours later, a hearse arrived and left with the body of the shooting victim a short time afterwards.
As news of the homicide spread, the identity of the deceased male was being revealed via social media as that of Polymers International Chief Operating Officer, Gregory Ebelhar.
Concerned with the reports, Polymers issued an official statement Tuesday afternoon advising that Ebelhar is “alive and well and has no connection to the reported incident.”
The British’s homicide is the fourth for Grand Bahama in 10 days and pushes the count to six for the year.
To-date, all but one of the murders have been solved.
Police have yet to bring charges in the murder of former Mississippi investor Anthony Kyle Welch, who was recorded as the first for the year.
The 47 year old was bound with duct tape and stabbed multiple times about the body at his Albacore Drive home back in January.
He was reportedly discovered shortly after 10:00 p.m. by his girlfriend.
“There is no new update. The matter is still wide open under our active investigation. We appeal to members of the public who may new information to bring to our attention to assist us in this particular matter, we appeal to them to bring that forward so we can bring this matter to a conclusion as well,” Seymour said.
Anyone with information that can assist police in either of these murders is asked to contact 350-3107/8, 911/919 or call the nearest police station.
Published Wednesday, April 7, 2014
posted on: Thursday, October 01, 2015 4:24 AM
Was thinking about moving there and starting some companys but not now!
BD posted on: Monday, June 22, 2015 7:54 PM
To date, I understand it is still an open case. It is speculated that the individuals who did this crime, quickly left the island but again this is pure speculation. The police service in Bahamas badly needs some advanced investigations training in crime related matters. Their arrest and conviction rate for serious crime is dismal compared to the rest of the western world.
As a regular visitor to the island, my idea of paradise does not include a high crime rate. Probably the most distressing fact to me is that in the weeks leading up to this home invasion, there were a number of home burglaries in the area but that locals were not informed or warned about them. That is inexcusable. If tourists believe the crime rate numbers are being fudged, they will stay away from the islands in droves, uncertain of the unknown. Bahamian Police Authorities have to take their heads out of the sand and start ensuring the safety of the people they are sworn to protect, less their won't be any wanting to visit the Bahamas if they don't.
posted on: Friday, May 15, 2015 9:43 PM
I am a Bahamian who lives in the us legally and I think that the problem with the Bahamas is the goverment the reason why I am saying that is it is good to tax but what's wrong is when you tax the people without jobs because all you are doing is taking the last twenty five cents the people have and you know people with nothing is going to do anything to get something so the problem in the Bahamas is not drugs it's just that the government is not worrying about the people they are only concern about the green that's going into there pockets. Government need to keep the people down in order for them to get as much as they can. And last if you care about your people when you tax them give them a refund at the end of the year so they can have something to look forward too.
posted on: Sunday, May 03, 2015 11:15 AM
Has there been an update on this murder or still no resolution?
Rosheda posted on: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:54 AM
Riding through freeport Bahamas in the
town center, going t towards lucaya,
thats not the freeport I know, the place is totally rundown.
For a tourist resorts.
What are they doing with the fund's, from business?
posted on: Saturday, April 04, 2015 8:44 PM
I was thinking about coming there for vacation, but I am worried about the violence there. Robbery is one bad but murder is worse. I am a tourist who did believe it is better in the Bahamas. I can stay in the states if I want to be constantly looking over my shoulder and checking locks on the door. It's a shame because you have a beatiful island and most people are decent and friendly.
Truth (Issa Karamo Israel) posted on: Monday, March 02, 2015 2:46 PM
Manslaughter? If you break into someone home, tie them up, rob them and kill them, that is about as far from manslaughter as you can possibly get. Now if this was a bar fight that turned bad, you may have had a point.
posted on: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:24 PM
The Bahamas use to be a fun, and inviting safe place. The Bahamas use to be a place people dreamed of visiting, or staying for long periods of time. The whole nation will suffer shame and economic loss for the few bad ones.
posted on: Friday, August 22, 2014 9:25 AM
The problem is not people trying to feed their families. The problem is people trying to feed their drug habits. People stealing to feed their families don't commit murder. Addicts feeding their addiction do. We are becoming one of these "don't leave the resort" destinations. Is that who we are?
...... posted on: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:14 PM
Look at the bigger problem don't put a bandade over the real problem . No jobs people are hungry . Children are hungry and rich people are getting richer. I'm surprised that this isn't more common. People are suffering and trying anything they can to feed there families. It's sad but it's even more sad that the state of the country isn't being analyzed . These army acts of crime there acts of desperation .
Coppacabana28 posted on: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:41 AM
First thing, my condolences to the families that were involved in this crime. The second thing that upsets me with this piece is the writing of this article. If the gentleman struggled with his assailant and eventually died or succumbed to his injuries isn't that 'manslaughter'??? If they wanted him dead he would have been, then it's considered 'murder'?? Nevertheless, I'm sorry this happened to this family, it's such a terrible thing to have the privacy of your own home invaded like that and with such an outcome.
posted on: Friday, June 20, 2014 9:38 PM
20+ years a homeowner in East end GBI, Thinking we should leave soon. Police are absolutely USLESS, This Seymour guy comes across as a total incompetent, of corse they won't meet concerned homeowners in Freetown, As they agreed. My opinion, only One of 2 reasons why so many unsolved crimes. #1 either they are totally incompetent? or secondly they are involved? Many believe the later. Its time the government smartened up and bring in some detectives from off shore. Otherwise the Bahamas & GBI is doomed.
winsome rochester posted on: Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:18 AM
grand bahama is my favourite island whenever i visit the bahamas &hoodlums trying to take over .mr prime minister put them away for life ..they shouldnt even be eating tax payers money .
Loyal Bahamian 242 posted on: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:13 PM
Well I put 2+2 together and it looks like they have locked up some people in connection to the murder. The sad part is that our policing system is so lousy that they almost never update the Bahamian people. It really is time for a real change in this Bahama land because it's a disgrace. But hopefully soon there is an update.
Erwi4 posted on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:43 AM
It all needs to start from within the home, good parenting, good values, enforce education,pride in your culture instead of wanting to be someone else's. Call me old fashion, but I liked the Bahamas when it sounded, looked, and felt like the Bahamas; not the South Bronx, N.Y. If this has become a place of fear and mistrust, image the life your children and their children will have to endure. We must come together and vote on capitol punishment, because not one thing this government is doing is working on our behalf. If we pay the taxes and now the new added taxes, we should be the bosses and tell them what to do with our vote; not the other why around. Why should anyone have to pay taxes to a government that does the opposite of what the people want.
Ronnie47 posted on: Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:32 PM
This is a complete outrage, this man came to be with his mother in a time of mourning after his father's death and he gets murdered! I can't even image what his mother must be going through. This country used to be my favorite, but it has been degraded by greed, hatred, discrimination and envy. I can't wait to sell my property so I can leave this depressing place.
JW posted on: Saturday, April 12, 2014 3:26 PM
On your computer in search, type "British man murdered in the Bahamas". I want your country to see how many newspapers are aware of what's happening in the Bahamas. The killing spree that is going in your country is making headline news across the Globe. We will not rest until we have what was promised to us, bet on it; you'll win.
8VSR5 posted on: Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:07 AM
Why not post a reward for the crooks. I am sure the family and friends of the family would come up with a bounty that would get some results
Mark2 posted on: Friday, April 11, 2014 1:38 AM
Holy Crap! I just read the newspaper in New Jersey that "jusscoolin" one of the comments, who recommended to look up the website, and it's like two different stories told by two different newspapers. The Jersey one has one of the victims describing what they went through. Please, just look it up yourself, and read it, I can almost feel the horror they went through; just read it.
IMU&UERME posted on: Friday, April 11, 2014 1:10 AM
"Thankfully the owners were not killed", but their son was. The rest of the family's lives has been shattered, never to be the same again. I bet you the family will move, or hirer body guards that will probably be trade them in the long run. Life will never be the same for that family again, the fact is that criminals are 100% sure that they can do what ever they want and get away with it. What I can't understand is why they don't commit this viscous crimes to the government guys? Like the time the temp PM was robbed, they didn't do anything to that crook, and he is one the Top guns stealing from you in the first place. Makes you wonder what he must of said to the bandits to still be alive, you and me both know what we would have don't in such a situation...lol. Listen, I know this comment will not be posted, no freedom of speech here, right....lol? But one thing you know is that it is the real truth of what's going on.
posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:01 PM
This is just unacceptable and the news are traveling the globe! The economy in the Bahamas is bad as it is and who would want to come over to a place where you can just be murdered! There were more than one break in in East End! There have been 3 in a row there, but the first one was the most violent one. This has to stop! The police needs to act! and make an example out of these criminals!
This situation is extremely complex and the authorities in The Bahamas need to get their act together. What are the young graduates or kids who leave high schools here going to when they do not find jobs or are not qualified or skilled to work? There were three murders in a row in the Ghetto recently! Let us the remember the Bahamian motto: "It is better in the Bahamas" is it? I was at the police station recently to apply for a police record and I re-read the mission stamped in huge letters on the wall "Working Together To Make the Bahamas A Safer Place to Live, Work, Visit and Play" Common police, please make this mission true! You would have the respect and support of all the citizens!
posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:45 PM
The home invaders out east knew how to disable the security system, but not set off an alarm in doing so...it was an inside job. There were a number of different installers working on that place, and too many eyes. Thankfully the owners were not killed. Yes, it is possible that it is the same team of robbers that did this job, but why would they be so stupid as to kill an expat? When there aren't any tourists, or any boats, the expats who own always come. They shop, and eat out, and support the island economy. Stupid robbers. Bite the hand that feeds you. And the police need to find these criminals and make an example out of them.
jusscoolin posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:27 PM
You want to see another serious part of this check this out(http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/uk-news/2014/04/10/briton-shot-dead-in-bahamas-robbery/) Its already spreading ,lets find these animals guys!
posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:49 AM
Find these murders and hang them. Grand Bahama can't take much more of this.
Mark posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:08 AM
6 murders year-to-date for a population of 50,000 people who live on an island...you would think that the police would have resolved some of these cases...
posted on: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 5:07 PM
Let's hope the police are comparing this home invasion to the one out east a few weeks ago. I pray it s the same masked men with a gun, machete who bound the victims out east tampered with security, electric and got away in the owners truck only to leave it a short distance down the road. Hopefully, it's the same guys and not another set of crooks terrorizing homeowners. Catch these guys before they strike again.