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Police Pledge 'Zero Tolerance' Approach Towards Crime

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT - Eight men who are wanted on murder charges: 33–year-old Patrick Goffee of Washington Street is a dark brown male, slim build, about 6’ 3” tall; 25-year-old Gibson Baptiste of Golden Isle Road is a dark brown male, slim build, about 6’ tall; 30-year-old Jermaine Scott of Dominica Street, Golden Gates is a dark brown male, medium build, about 6’ 1” tall; 18-year-old Julio Edwin Deveaux of Morley Street is a dark brown male, slim build, about 5’ 9” tall; 32-year-old Dwight Morrison, otherwise called “Kitty” of Monastery Park off Bernard Road, is a dark brown male, slim build, about 5’ 9” tall; 28-year-old Alfred George of Knowles Drive of Tonique Williams-Darling Highway is a dark brown male, slim build, about 5’ 7” to 5’ 11” tall; 31-year-old Tico Omar Lightbourne of McCartney Lane and Wilson Track is a dark brown male, medium build, about 5’ 5” to 5’ 7” tall; 42-year-old Ronald Nottage otherwise called “Ronny” of Sumner Street, Nassau Village is a dark brown male, medium build, about 5’ 7” to 5’ 11” tall.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT - Eight men who are wanted on murder charges: 33–year-old Patrick Goffee of Washington Street is a dark brown male, slim build, about 6’ 3” tall; 25-year-old Gibson Baptiste of Golden Isle Road is a dark brown male, slim build, about 6’ tall; 30-year-old Jermaine Scott of Dominica Street, Golden Gates is a dark brown male, medium build, about 6’ 1” tall; 18-year-old Julio Edwin Deveaux of Morley Street is a dark brown male, slim build, about 5’ 9” tall; 32-year-old Dwight Morrison, otherwise called “Kitty” of Monastery Park off Bernard Road, is a dark brown male, slim build, about 5’ 9” tall; 28-year-old Alfred George of Knowles Drive of Tonique Williams-Darling Highway is a dark brown male, slim build, about 5’ 7” to 5’ 11” tall; 31-year-old Tico Omar Lightbourne of McCartney Lane and Wilson Track is a dark brown male, medium build, about 5’ 5” to 5’ 7” tall; 42-year-old Ronald Nottage otherwise called “Ronny” of Sumner Street, Nassau Village is a dark brown male, medium build, about 5’ 7” to 5’ 11” tall.

UPDATE: 45-year-old Ronald Nottage has been arrested since this story appeared.

By NICO SCAVELLA

Tribune Staff Reporter

nscavella@tribunemedia.net

SENIOR police on Friday warned the country's criminal element that there was a "short time" to turn themselves into police custody, as they pledged to immediately take a "zero tolerance approach" towards crime and its perpetrators.

Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean, during a press conference at Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) headquarters, said the law enforcement agency will be "turning up the heat on criminals on the road", so much so that they now have a "small window to operate" in whatever "comfort zone" they are in to evade police capture.

ACP Dean also said those harbouring criminals "have no excuse" for doing so, stating that the RBPF will "lock up everybody" in any household in which criminals are found. He also warned parents to keep tabs on their children's activities and associates, asserting that police "don't want nobody crying about 'my good child'" when those persons are arrested.

This is especially applicable to eight men who are wanted on murder charges, ACP Dean said. They are Ronald "Ronnie" Nottage, 42; Dwight "Kitty" Morrison, 32; Patrick Goffee, 33; Julio Edwin Deveaux, 18; Alfred George, 28; Jermaine Scott, 30; Gibson Baptiste, 25; and Tico "Pitbull" Lightbourne, 31.

ACP Dean said police know the whereabouts of these men, adding that it's "only a matter of time before we bring you into custody." He said these men can expect a 'knock' on their doors "very, very soon."

"But, you know, we're giving you the opportunity now," he said. "Should you hear this, you only have a short time to surrender and turn yourself into custody. And so shortly after the newscast, the police phones should be ringing to say 'come and get me'.

"We need to find you, we will find you. We have proven in the past that after we put these (wanted posters) out, we will find these persons. So we will find you wherever you are in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. And if you have left the commonwealth of the Bahamas we will find you because our tentacles are very far.

"So you can't escape the arms of the Royal Bahamas Police Force."

ACP Dean also extended his advice to the relatives and/or associates of wanted suspects.

"The Bahamian people are at a crossroad," he said. "They're just tired. Murderers, criminals running up and down the streets like nothing happening, like it's normal business. It can’t be business as usual.

"So we are turning up the heat on criminals on the road. So we say to parents, you have your children, know where your children are. Know the friends of your children, who they're going to be involved with. Because we don't want nobody crying about my good child when these persons are arrested. Know what exists in your house. If there's guns and drugs in your house, call the police.

"It's a criminal offence to harbour a criminal, to have them in your custody. Yes it may be your child, but if you know that they are wanted, which you will see today…and flyers are out there on social media, so you have no excuse, and if we come to your house, it ain't gone be that we gone lock up just the criminal," he added.

"We gone lock up everybody, everybody gone be arrested. And I can tell you when that fellow is going to court, or woman is going to court, everybody, you and them will be together on that same day appearing in court. So that’s the zero tolerance approach that we're taking.

"So if you have these persons or you know where these persons are, don't allow them, don't feed them, don't clothes them. If we know that you've been visited, we're going to arrest you also."

ACP Clayton Fernander, also present at Friday's press conference, appealed to members of the public to continue to assist police in their attempts to capture wanted criminals.

"…We are pleading to members of the public, to please, as usual, assist," he said. "You have officers on the ground on a daily basis who are checking their homes, checking relatives, and we know that they're out there, because based on our intelligence they're just moving about.

"Once these persons are able to come into custody we will be able to advance a number of serious matters with respect to these individuals."

He added: "In the coming days, weeks months we will turn up the heat. You will see us as usual out there, and we're going to try, and we will, limit that fear of crime with members of the public. And how we're going to do that? Ensure consistent visibility within the communities. Response time to members of the public's complaints…we're going to be responding in a reasonable time.

"…We believe if we are consistent with visibility, arresting individuals, reaching out to members of the public with respect to their complaints, feedback and response time, we will eliminate the fear of crime."

Comments

banker 6 months ago

Looks like someone ripped a page out of a high school yearbook.

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sheeprunner12 6 months ago

Name the high school .......... you elitist bigot ........... smdh ......... Because they are all black??????............ we have a pretty good idea of what you are implying (they cannot be from any of the nice private schools) ....... So Sad

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banker 6 months ago

LOL -- elitist bigot --- LOL. I was raised in Montell Heights, by my Aunt and Uncle. Real elitist. My aunt was a proper Methodist but we couldn't afford Queens. She had read that the Catholics were exemplary educators, so I was sent to SAC. My aunt was deathly afraid that I would turn into a Catholic. I used to pull her chain. I used to tell her that my uncle's junkanoo group would surely win because I was saying rosaries and novenas.

I een a Catholic but I am eternally grateful to the St. Francis Knights of Columbus for the financial aid that I received from to help with my education.

I wasn't implying anything. I was going to say "my highschool" but I didn't want to impugn the institution, even though it had many warts.

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sheeprunner12 6 months ago

You proved my point ......... you were from the ghetto (you may even be black) ...... but you went to a private school ........ so you have the same "elitist" social bigotry that has caused many black people to forsake the inner city (or the Out Islands) to pursue a sub-urban/behind the gates lifestyle ........ Recheck

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ThisIsOurs 6 months ago

It's perception, when I read the comment I thought it referred to how many were listed and how young they looked on average.

It's a natural thing to want to strive for a better life, whatever that means, that in itself doesn't make a person elitist. Your attitude toward people defines that. It would be a great thing if all our young boys in challenged neighborhoods naturally strove to go to private schools. It would mean that there was a shift in our mindset and what we value. Renewed and transformed minds is the only way we save ourselves, irrespective of where we live.

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TalRussell 6 months ago

Comrades! This is no new pledge to immediately take a "zero tolerance approach" towards crime and its perpetrators. It's not like the alleged to have murdered thugs- possesses any form core principals to be guided by ever doing what is right - after all they're alleged be thugs not community organizers. Not even some of our present and former elected MP's have volunteered to abide by the laws of financial disclosures - but like the policeman's - the prime minister has given them a message to turn in they disclosures or the attorney general going send the policeman's for them - or not?

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sheeprunner12 6 months ago

And what are they going to do with them once they catch them??????? .......... We need "Western Justice" ........... Bounty Hunters ......... Wanted: Dead or Alive .............. No questions asked ............... That is Zero Tolerance, Mr. Dames ........... Stop playing footsie with these killers

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DDK 6 months ago

Keep that heat on 24/7 and don't let up until you clean up our country!

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John 6 months ago

When you spray your house for bugs, you must also take measures to prevent the bugs, flies, cockroaches from getting back in and re-infesting your home. Likewise with crime. When you flush out criminals and rid society of them you must put corresponding programs programs in place to prevent society from breeding more criminals: social programs, economic programs, employment opportunities, career development programs and financial assistance for some, removal of negative influences from external sources (movies, music, etc.,).and even programs to develop parenting skills. DRUGS AND GANG ACTIVITY must go! This country's record on crime and breeding career criminals is not in the least impressive and it is time that something get fixed.

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SP 6 months ago

How many criminals can the "Bahamas Department of Correctional Services" identify as having been "corrected" and are now contributing law abiding citizens?

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sheeprunner12 6 months ago

Why doesn't the government relocate the people of Moore's Island to the mainland on Crown Land and make that island the new Bahamian Alcatraz?????? .............. It will be a perfect place for ALL of the hardened criminals to cut limestone blocks for government projects until they die ....... After all, that is what they go to prison to do (hard labour)

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sealice 6 months ago

Sheeprunner how bout we pick a key off Long island for the penal colony? Great idea but an island way south and in the middle of nowhere is the place...or maybe freeport nothing going on there.... You try to float or swim away and wind up in a cuban or haitian jail kinda thing??

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sheeprunner12 6 months ago

Once it is accepted that a Bahamian Alcatraz is necessary .......... a suitable cay must be identified and the penal colony created as soon as possible

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