Police renewed their appeal for information in the investigation of the serious sexual assault reported on Sunday (Sept 20) now that members of the public and businesses have come forward to assist.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro said the victim, a 31-year-old woman has been working with detectives from the Vulnerable Persons Unit, under the Serious Crime Department.
“We are still very keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a brown skinned male riding a red motorcycle in or around the City of Hamilton and in the vicinity of Fairylands Road from 6am until 6:45am on Sunday morning,” said Mr Pedro.
“The suspect was described as wearing dark clothing, on a red motorcycle, with a dark helmet & visor. He was approximately 5’7” – 5’8” tall.
“Our detectives are following up on multiple avenues of enquiry, and are imploring on anyone in the community with information to come forward and help us catch this dangerous culprit. If you have CCTV that may be helpful and you have not yet seen any
of our detectives seeking this, please make contact,” he said.
He reiterated “that this type of crime is extremely rare in Bermuda” and urged residents to take precautions with the following advice:
1. Be aware of your surroundings
2. Stay OFF your phone (for awareness) & to avoid being targeted
3. Do not carry a purse unless absolutely necessary
4. Always make sure your residence is secure
5. When parking, choose well-lit spots. Same for walkers, use well-lit and travelled routes
6. Trust your instincts. If you see something or someone that makes you feel uncomfortable take action to avoid encounter or leave the area
7. Don’t make yourself a target by wearing flash jewelry or showing an expensive cell phone
8. Consider self-defense classes
“We wish to reassure the community that we are working diligently to bring this offender to justice, and we can only do this with the public’s assistance,” Mr Pedro added.
“You can provide information to the CONFIDENTIAL Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-8477 or the Vulnerable Persons Unit on 247-1739 / 295-0011.”