Police are investigating what is being described as a “critical incident” that occurred in broad daylight shortly after noon earlier today (Oct 19), involving a burglary and a sexual assault committed at knifepoint.

Police say the alleged “aggravated burglary” occurred at a private home in Smith’s Parish, where the occupants called 911 saying they had been held up by two men – said to be in their early 20s.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Nicholas Pedro said: “The Bermuda Police Service has declared this a critical incident.

We are extremely concerned about this incident and believe someone knows who committed this heinous act,” he added.

We will work tirelessly to identify the suspects and bring them to justice – but we also need the public’s help.

We need people to step forward to prevent this from happening again.”

A police spokesman added: “Of tremendous concern, a sexual assault is alleged to have taken place by the perpetrators.”

The suspects, who were on a motorcycle, were described as black men in their early 20s, wearing all black clothing.

Police say it is believed they escaped with property from the house, while making their escape.

Detective have set up a major investigation team, headed up by Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph.

Police have launched a public appeal to help identify the suspects.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is urged to call 211 or 911, or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.