Alleged robber apparently drowns in canal

Two in police custody

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police are questioning two men who they arrested yesterday on the heels of a brazen daylight home invasion on Bay Lily Drive in Sea Breeze Estates, which unfolded on Thursday morning.

There was a third robber that allegedly participated in the home invasion with the duo who are presently in police custody; but, police told Eyewitness News Online yesterday that the man drowned in a nearby canal while trying to escape from police.

Superintendent Shanta Knowles, Police Press Liaison Officer, said police received a tip from residents on Bay Lily Drive shortly after 10:00 a.m. yesterday.

The residents reportedly claimed that they saw a group of men who allegedly were trying to make good their escape from a residence that had been broken into.

“They saw three men run from a home. Two of them they were able to capture and were taken into custody. A third jumped into the canal just at the rear of the house,” she said.

With two of his alleged accomplices in police custody, Supt. Knowles said the lone would-be robber attempted to swim his way out of the tight situation, but began struggling to stay afloat.

“Officers noticed that he was swimming west in the canal towards Golf Course Boulevard, so we sent a patrol unit on the other side of the community and that’s when officers noticed that when he was swimming he appeared to be in distress,” Supt. Knowles shared.

“That’s when they rendered assistance by jumping into the water and brought him to shore.

“Officers performed CPR until an ambulance came and then he was pronounced deceased.”

Further investigation on the other side of the canal revealed that there was an escape vehicle parked in a vacant lot.

Officers apparently found a number of suspected stolen items in that car, according to Supt. Knowles.

Supt. Knowles said community policing has once again saved the day.

“It is because of community policing and people’s involvement that we can have success like this here today and take two men into custody for questioning on other matters in this same area or other areas,” she said.

“So, it is important for you to get involved with local police and if you see anything that can assist us you should give us a call so that we can look into it and stamp out criminal activities within our communities.”

Supt. Knowles could not confirm if the deceased, or the men in custody, are known to police for criminal activity.

The identity of the deceased has not yet been confirmed, but he is believed to be between 25 and 30 years old.