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‘Prolific Offender’ Is Shot Dead Outside Home

By SANCHESKA DORSETT

Tribune Staff Reporter

sdorsett@tribunemedia.net

A “prolific offender” was shot multiple times and killed early Tuesday morning while standing in front of his home, police said.

The shooting of 23-year-old Benjamin Anderson of Ida Street took the country’s murder count to 20 for the year, according to The Tribune’s records and marked six homicides in seven days this month.

The killing took place shortly after 7am on Ida Street.

Officer-in-Charge of the Central Detective Unit, Chief Superintendent Clayton Fernander said police are still unsure of the circumstances surrounding the shooting and have no motive at this time. However, he said, because the victim was a “prolific offender” there are “many different scenarios for why he was killed.”

“What we know at this time is a young man was standing on Ida Street in front of his home when a vehicle pulled up and a male exited and shot him,” Chief Supt Fernander said.

“The man then jumped back into the car and drove off in an unknown direction. We do not know the motive for the killing but the victim is well known to police and has been questioned for a number of serious matters over the years. The lifestyle of this individual is generating so many different lines of inquiry, but we will find out what happened.”

On Sunday, a day after 26-year-old Terry Marshall of Carmichael Road was shot to death while playing dominoes on Faith Avenue, Chief Supt Fernander said police are “aggressively investigating” all of the crimes in the country. Police, he said, are working “hard” to ensure that the Bahamas is safe for everyone.

“We are following leads in respect to all of the shootings. I just want to ensure members of the public that the police are out there, we are doing some things and we will continue to try and make the Bahamas safe for everyone,” Chief Supt Fernander said on Sunday.

“We are aggressively out there. A number of persons are being arrested and charged and we are saturating these areas and we encourage members of the public to come forward with information to assist us. It’s not only the police that fight crime; we have to hold hands to curb this crime situation. We have to come together to ensure everywhere is safe. We will aggressively go after persons who continue to wreak havoc in our society. We will continue to target them, we know the prolific offenders and we are charging persons but they are in and out of prison and they are continuing their old ways.”

Police have also identified the man who was shot to death on Durham Street last Friday as 21-year-old Kurt Bradley Ariste, of Wulff Road.

There were 14 homicides in January, according to this newspaper’s records.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents are asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.

Investigations continue.

Comments

hurricane 2 years, 4 months ago

These thugs are sure up early in the morning!

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sheeprunner12 2 years, 4 months ago

Do that 300 more times and our crime problem will be solved

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John 2 years, 4 months ago

They tell you capital punishment is no longer in effect but yet every young man that is executed in this country is a prolific offender. So how is it that vilagante justice is allowed (executions in broad daylight) but the state is not allowed to carry out capital punishment.. (i will take a trip to australia while u think of an answer)

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SP 2 years, 4 months ago

...................... Vigilante Justice Prevails Where Government Fails! .........................

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 years, 4 months ago

First we all put security screens on our windows, then security bars, then alarm systems in our homes, then additional lighting around our properties (notwithstanding the exorbitant cost of electricity), then replaced our home doors with much more secure ones, then built high walls around our properties, then put razor wire or broken chips of glass on our high walls, then moved into gated communities with much of the foregoing also, then stopped going out at night, then this and then that......now guess who the prisoners are....certainly not the hard core criminals roaming our streets.....WE ARE THE PRISONERS LIVING IN FEAR SPENDING MOST OF OUR TIME LOCKED UP IN OUR OWN HOMES! Many of us have had enough and now choose to bear arms so that we least have a fighting chance when that hard core rapist or murderer attacks us or one of our loved ones, And yes, you can sit in your well fortified home in solitary confinement in a state of fear and denial, but things are so bad in our country today that it is only a matter of time before you will be confronted by a low life gun carrying thug no matter where you are or where you live. The balance of probability is very much tilted against all of us thanks to the Crooked Christie-led corrupt PLP government.

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Reality_Check 2 years, 4 months ago

@Well_mudda_take_sic: At least you are one of the lucky ones who can afford the high cost of all the measures you apparently have taken in an effort to protect yourself and your family from the rapists and murderous thugs roaming around everywhere in our country. Just think how unlucky and fearful the rest of us are! I fully agree with you though that one may as well be dead if one is foolish enough not to be armed given the out-of-control crime ridden country we live in today.

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