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Three Dead In Weekend Crime

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff

Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A FIGHT between two men escalated into a fatal stabbing that left one man dead and another in serious condition in hospital yesterday.

The death of Elkin Moss – along with the fatal shooting of a business man and his employee – pushed the country’s murder count to 61 this weekend.

Three weekend murders and six armed robberies follow in the wake of last week’s announcement by Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade that major crime is down three per cent.

In Saturday’s double murder, the proprietor of the Tip Top bar and his employee were gunned down as they tried to flee two gunmen sometime after 4am. Although the police have not confirmed their identities, condolences on Facebook are being sent to the family of Ernest Cartwright, owner of the Tip Top bar, and his employee, Sean Daxson.

Supt Paul Rolle, head of the Criminal Detective Unit, said the victims had just closed the Wulff Road bar and were headed to the proprietor’s blue Kia Optima when they were approached by two armed men.

Both men got into the car in an effort to escape, however, the proprietor was shot and killed in the driver’s seat.

According to Mr Rolle, the employee left the car and ran onto Collins Avenue, but was also gunned down.

At a press conference later that day, officials warned business owners and private citizens to stay vigilant while conducting monetary business transactions.

Mr Rolle said police suspect that robbery was the motive; however, it is unclear at this time how much money was taken from the victims.

Inspector Chrislyn Skippings urged potential victims of armed robbery not to resist when confronted, and to fully comply with demands while paying close attention to the culprit’s appearance and direction of escape.

Yesterday, Mr Moss’ death shook area residents, who say the incident upset their quiet community.

One area resident said: “What I experienced (yesterday) was shocking because around here is very quiet. Nothing like this has ever happened before.”

She added: “It makes you wonder what our nation is coming to. The people in the area are shocked because it’s a quiet area. This is an eye opener for us.”

The deceased, a Carmichael resident in his 30s, was at his home on Jackfish Drive when he got into a fight with a 52-year-old Coral Harbour man around 4:30am.

As a result, each man was stabbed several times and Mr Moss was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Mr Rolle, the 52-year-old Allen Drive suspect was discovered in a private vehicle on McKinney Drive after he had collided with two other cars. The suspect was arrested and taken to hospital, where he is reportedly under police guard and in serious condition.

Mr Moss is said to have lived at the Jackfish Drive residence with another man.

Last night, Mr Rolle did not confirm speculation that a third person might have been present during the fight. However, he said, detectives were also investigating that report.

Anyone with information that might assist investigations is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.

At the press conference last week, Mr Greenslade admitted that the rate of minor crimes continues to escalate despite the decrease in major crime across the Bahamas.

Minor crimes were said to include domestic disputes, loud noise reports, vagrants, littering, illegal dumping, assaults, and causing harm of the “simple variety.” According to Mr Greenslade causing harm also includes stabbing cases.

Comments

Seriously 7 years, 2 months ago

This has got to be one of the poorest written article I have read in a while. The title is about one incident, yet half of the article is talking about a completely unrelated incident. When the main topic is discussed, it seems to be missing key information! Who is Mr Moss?! You speak about him as if you mentioned him previously in the article. The narrative describing the parties involved seems to be glued together with glue from the dollar general or something. Take this back, edit, and come again please.

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hnhanna 7 years, 2 months ago

The death of Elkin Moss of Jack Fish drive that is the reference of Mr.Moss in the news story

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John 7 years, 2 months ago

We tend to do things backwards in this country and, no doubt, the actions of authorities have impact on the situation we are experiencing in this country today. For example why wait until Friday night to shut down vendors at Potters Cay? Especially if you claim you are doing it for licensing purposes? Why wait until these vendors have spend an entire day preparing and an entire week anticipating to shut them down and cost them hundreds of dollars in lost sales? Why not do the license check on say Monday and give the people the entire week to do what is necessary to become complaint? And even if you want do raids for othr reason, you would not impact almost everyone and turn the place into a ghost town. Why does cable turn off your service on a Friday Night or BTC on a Saturday Night, when they know they will not be open the next day? What's my point? If the police focus more on business matters during business time, then they can use their manpower and resources to fight crime on off peak hours..Roadblocks on Fridaynights rather than checking licenses for example

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