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Police Confirm Three Boys Were Taken On Thursday – Four In 24 Hours

By MORGAN ADDERLEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

madderley@tribunemedia.net

POLICE have confirmed that three boys were taken in Thursday’s abduction — not two as officers initially reported.

Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash did not clarify why police did not reveal that a third child was involved, but told The Tribune on Friday that all the boys are relatives. Two of them are eight years old and the third is ten.

This means that four boys were taken and released, unharmed, in two separate incidents within a 24-hour period — and that there have been six reported incidents of children being abducted in less than three weeks.

Five of these incidents involved boys and alleged female perpetrators. CSP Cash told The Tribune that police suspect these incidents are connected.

He noted officers do not have anyone in custody yet but underscored this matter is a “deep concern” for police, noting the children are being left “traumatised”.

He added police do not yet understand the perpetrator’s motive or intent but noted the majority of victims are boys between the ages of eight and ten years old.

Regarding Thursday’s incident, police initially said two boys, aged eight and ten, were walking on Kool Acres Road in east New Providence when “they were picked up by a female who was the lone occupant” of a dark-coloured vehicle.

CSP Cash said on Friday: “What actually happened is that three kids were on their way home from school, a car pulled up alongside them asking them if they wished for a ride.

“After they refused the ride, the lady insisted that she would give them a ride. The three kids, they got in the vehicle, when they got near the Haitian Village, the lady allowed two of the boys out and she kept one.”

CSP Cash said police believe the boys are family members. The two eight-year-olds were initially dropped off by a Haitian village in the vicinity of Seabreeze and Joe Farrington Road.

The ten-year-old was dropped off later by the city dump. The boys were gone for roughly two hours, CSP Cash said.

This account again deviates from the initial police report released on Thursday evening, which said a “short time” after the abduction, the ten-year-old was returned to Kool Acres, which is off Fox Hill Road, while the younger boy was dropped off near the entrance to the dump.

When asked if the children have provided any details about their encounters with the woman, CSP Cash said: “I can say that the matter last (Thursday) night, there were some specific instructions given to the kid, and nothing to harm him, but for them to go in a particular area.

“All of this information we are compiling and analysing and hopefully we will be in a better position to say to the media exactly who we are looking for, (who) is suspected of committing these offences.”

“No, we don’t have anyone in custody, we don’t have anyone in custody as yet,” CSP Cash continued. “But hopefully we’ll be more conclusive as to who we are looking for in these particular matters.

“It appears that as if they’re looking at a particular age grouping of these kids, most of our victims are between eight and 10…male persons. Because these kids are left abandoned, unharmed physically, they’re traumatised a bit.

“We don’t really understand the intent of the person based on that behaviour and also we don’t know the motive behind them taking these kids from the streets and just abandoning them.”

CSP Cash also called for the public’s assistance in identifying the perpetrator or perpetrators by the recent sketch circulated of the suspect. He also reiterated previous calls for parents to supervise their children and requested that neighbours watch out for youth who are walking through various areas.

“But we have already engaged all our resources available to go on the ground and see how much information they can get from communities and also to prevent other incidents from happening,” he added.

The day before, March 6, eight-year-old Tyvon Deveaux was abducted by a lone female driver in a silver-coloured Japanese-model vehicle. He was later dropped off by the entrance to the dump on Tonique Williams Darling Highway.

On February 16, three-year-old Shavar Bain was abducted from outside his home and then left frightened and alone outside a Fox Hill washhouse several hours later, sparking a manhunt for two women believed to be the abductors.

On March 3, an eight-year-old girl was abducted from her home by an alleged male perpetrator. She was discovered walking in the area of Woodlawn Gardens a short time after the abduction by a passer-by and taken to the Wulff Road Police Station.

CSP Cash noted these children were taken from different zones in New Providence, so while not one particular community is being singled out, he noted the perpetrators are “targeting a certain age”.

When asked if he has any concerns that this disturbing trend will continue, CSP Cash told The Tribune: “Every matter is a concern to us, especially when you’re dealing with kids. It is a very, very deep concern to us, kids being removed from their place of comfort and left abandoned in areas deserted. So that is a concern to us. We again, like I said, we have all resources on the ground trying to canvass all these areas and hopefully we’ll be able to capture this person.”

Comments

rawbahamian 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The police really need to find the perpatrator/s of these abductions and drag them over the hot coals of hell !!! Parents/guardians also need to teach and train children that when they are approached by strangers, they should run away screaming loudly to draw attention to what's going on with them and by whom !!!

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ohdrap4 6 months, 2 weeks ago

my mother always taught us never to accept offers from strangers, candy or ride, or anything.

once, right after the often repeated lecture about children who are kidnapped, my 4 year old brother went to ride outside. he then comes back home running and screaming about the man who offered him candy. , chasing him, and carrying the tricyle , there comes my uncle ( mother's brother)-- he was very distraught why my brother was screaming so much.

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sheeprunner12 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Where are all of these police titles coming from again??????? ......... SMT What does a Chief Superintendent do that a Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent not do????

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Well_mudda_take_sic 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Repost: As usual, our PM (doofus Minnis), national security minister (incompetent Dames) and police force are behind the eight ball. The sex-trafficking of young children has become big business and many illegal aliens see it as a way to earn a handsome day's pay from the pedophiles and other perverts who are addicted to molesting and having sexual relations with our children. As a country we are now taking a another step down and it's a really big one thanks to the Minnis-led FNM government's failure to get a handle on the illegal immigration that is devouring our society like an aggressive cancer - much like the numbers bosses are doing with their racketeering activities. The gambling addicts need money any way they can get, even if it now means nabbing little children and selling them to the highest bidder. How does a parent and/or grandparent work hard each day to provide for their loved ones while at the same time keeping an eye on them? It's impossible if you cannot afford to hire the help to do so.

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truetruebahamian 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Times have changed so much, and the worries that were never there as I wandered and explored my surroundings, my island and life in an entirely enquiring and innocent way, walking from Adelaide to Blue Hill water station and camping at Mermaid's Pond on the way - there was no worry of negative possibilities - Carmichael Road was empty -just bush and beauty. Farms and kilns for burning shells into powder for building finish coats were occasionally in the centre, but no one lived there. Everything was near the city or on the coast because there were few roads and people would get to each other by water or by coast road..Hog Island the same. I would swim to Potters Cay and camp there and eat hog plums. My parents knew that it was safe and all good. I wish the same for today, but we have lost our innocence and beauty. Kids have no family and hatred and disdain pervades our once safe and idyllic island.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 6 months, 1 week ago

No one expects time to stand still, but then again no one ever expected that successive governments since our independence in 1973 would allow and even encourage the Haitianization of our country. Our corrupt politicians, whether they be of the FNM or PLP variety, have for years now been pandering to the Outright Haitian and Mixed Haitian-Bahamian voting block that has been created by rubber stamping grants of Bahamian citizenship to gain dumbed down and easily manipulated voters. Small wonder one of our more senior elected officials was recently overheard saying he prefers a loyal voter of Haitian heritage to a much more discerning and fickle Bahamian voter any day. Sadly, Bahamians without Haitian or Jamaica heritage are now on the verge of becoming the minority in the Bahamas. Oh well, so much for our short-lived majority rule. Yep, we have a truly different Bahamas today compared to the Bahamas we grew up in yesterday thanks to our corrupt politicians who will soon all be of Haitian and/or Jamaican heritage. LMAO

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bogart 6 months, 1 week ago

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