Suspect apprehended in Hodges killing

arrestedA suspect is in police custody in connection with the killing of a Brazilian national in Hodges on Sunday evening.

This is according to National Security Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore.

“Based on the advice I have received, the Police Department has apprehended a suspect in this matter and therefore very confident that the police force will continue to demonstrate the highest sense of diligence and commitment for the express purpose of maintaining law and order in this beautiful country,” he stated.

The body of Rose Wyatt, 51, a hotelier, was found about 6:00 pm on Sunday lying in a footpath which leads to Hodges Beach in an area between Calibishie and Woodfordhill.

The police say they are treating the incident as a suspected homicide.

Blackmoore commended the police in responding to the incident and said the government will continue to provide the police force with the necessary resources to fight crime on the island.

“Sadly there are some among us who will resort to committing terrible acts resulting in some cases, in the taking of human life as was in the case in Calibishie,” he said.

He described such incidents as “un-Dominican.”

“When such terrible acts are committed, it is very important that the Police Department respond in the quickest and most decisive manner,” Blackmoore said. “In that regard, I want to commend the police force for its diligence in this matter….”

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54 Comments

  1. Better red than dead
    January 20, 2016

    I am hoping that with the same urgency you congratulated the police here, I wish to see the day when you will ensure the police investigate the attempted murder of Gon Emanuel and his wife despite the undisputed evidence that presents itself as regards who committed the crime and their motive.

  2. bigger
    January 20, 2016

    One keeps hearing about Gon Emanuel is he not represented by lawyers? why wont they come out and speak well of course they know better than all those haters. Why was the most important piece of evidence THE CAR was disposed of Gon Emanuel should answer to this question anyway people are use to hearing those lies coming from the opposition. They don’t seem to rely on facts that.s why they will always found wanting at the law courts, I am saddened by this senseless crime

  3. January 20, 2016

    And so… allow me to say well done to the police, should it be the right guy. And should it be the right guy I hope I’ll not be reading tomorrow that the guy is back out on the streets even whilst the preliminary hearings are going on…

  4. Face the Facts
    January 20, 2016

    For those who do, setting all critics and negative comments aside, Dominican authorities and the people must get together to discuss the issue of these spate of murders, other crimes and rapes of the elderly.
    If you want to eradicate such atrocities from the Dominican society, I do think meetings should be held in each village by the appropriate authorities also with MP’s and social service to discuss these serious issues. Allow the people to provide their opinion, what should be done and how these atrocities could be stopped.
    Everyone needs the blessing and grace of God in order that crime will be eradicated. No exception those troublemakers, perpetrators in Dominica, some of whom are still out at large – never caught.
    A Rally should also be organized.
    Catholics, give daily Holy Masses and attend them if possible. God is waiting for D/cans to do something concrete other than consistently talking, criticizing and being negative. Only prayers could help. God bless!

  5. Face the Facts
    January 20, 2016

    Good he is caught. I wished he did not murder her.
    We cannot wait to know the name of this man and why he murdered the lady.
    He should not be granted bail whatsoever. No more murderers walking the streets of Dominica and harming its residents and visitors.
    The lady has a business which is providing employment. It is a good business for Dominica and its economy. Why did he murder her? Wicked man!
    Poor lady. If only we could bring her back.
    Lord, please console her family.
    Lord, please free Dominica from those types of crimes. In Jesus Name I pray.

  6. BEB
    January 20, 2016

    I hope that they have picked up the right guy and if so,he should be dealt with swiftly according to the law. I would like to know why, when a lawyer and every other person knows that a culprit is guilty of a crime, why are lawyers putting their all into it defending that culprit to the ‘T’, looking to find any possible loop holes, just to have him/she back on the streets only to commit another crime again. I’m expecting some one will say that they are working for their money and they should represent their clients to the best of their abilities. These lawyers are bashing witnesses and police investigators as though they were the ones who committed the crime. I’m listening.

  7. Jane
    January 19, 2016

    New word: un Dominican. Thanks for that.

  8. January 19, 2016

    Bring back the death penalty and make a few examples :-D

  9. January 19, 2016

    For those who are quick to rush to judgments… there is the problem with our beautiful country….. crimes are committed all over the world….some go unsolved for many years…..and some get thrown out because of lack of evidence or tampering of evidence…..let us exercise patience and let the proper authorities do their due diligence and bring the perpetrators to justice…. that is why the defense lawyers in Dominica are so wealthy because of the pressure put on prosecutors to solve crimes mistakes are made along the way…. nothing we do or say will bring back this poor innocent soul… but if we exercise patience and let the police do what they are trained to do… in the end the perpetrator will be brought to justice, no matter who he get to defend him… if the evidence speaks towards his guilt , he or she will pay for their crime…. and for those of us that cannot wait for something bad to happen in our beautiful country and come on social media to spread our hate, stop it.

  10. bubbleboyrismality
    January 19, 2016

    If this suspect is indeed the killer – Then this is not a human being. Thus, he should not be treated as such. He should be handed over to the victim’s family so they could cage him. And please, don’t prolong his sentence which must be life in the absence of light. Let him turn white like a cyrique/crab.

    • anonymous2
      January 19, 2016

      That is IF they arrested the right person. They may just be ‘looking’ efficient and nabbing somebody.

  11. bubbleboyrismality
    January 19, 2016

    “Based on the advice I have received, the Police Department has apprehended a suspect in this matter and therefore very confident that the police force will continue to demonstrate the highest sense of diligence and commitment for the express purpose of maintaining law and order in this beautiful country,” he stated. SO MR. BLACKMOR, WHERE IS THE ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

    • indira Ghandi
      January 19, 2016

      Can you imagine he is a minister of government?
      The man cannot even make a simple statement.
      what is the criter I a for being a minister of government in Dominica?
      Does he know the difference between being informed Nd being advisec?
      Lennox and Angelo would surely do a better job

  12. real possie
    January 19, 2016

    When you read some of the comments you get a sense as to why things like this happen in our country. You see someone says “I feel sorry for my little country” Your little country is bigger that St. Croix and it has more crimes and killing than your little country. Another said “They quick to find those that committed crimes on outsiders while they can’t solve the local ones” Do you even know the proof they had to make an arrest in this case? Could it be they had hidden Cameras where the crime was committed so they got who they think it was? We as a people need to be more professional in how we post on social media. In this day and age we still make these dumb assumptions and expect a more professional outcome. Your country is not the small country you left behind years ago, it have hardened criminals that was deported from the USA. Guns and drugs are in every little corner of the world.

    • Peter Potter
      January 19, 2016

      Hidden cameras…? You yourself do not believe that, so spare us all your wisdom.

  13. Gabriel
    January 19, 2016

    Blackmoore, shut up, please shut up! All I am hearing is rethoric and political spin from you. This attack is un-Dominican you say? The attacks on the 90 and 83 year old and numerous other sexual motivated crimes no doubt are un-Dominican as well? Tell me, who committed these crimes then? American, Canadians, Europeans, Haitians or Chinese? No, they did not. I guess that leaves Dominicans then, doesn’t it? These people are animals and should be treated as such. So do not come on here and state your wishi-washi nonsense. What are the taxpayers paying you for? To address the public stating nonsense? By the way, what evidence has the police to warrant holding this apprehended suspect? DNA, eye-witnesses, a confession? What have they got? If nothing of the above then we know already where this case is going. Dyer & Co. will get him off and justice a la Dominica will be done. Not this time, Sir. I assure you, not this time. Stop talking and do your job, you and your employees.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      January 19, 2016

      Gabriel, All you do is talk. Typical of you ALL UWPites. Always there to criticize but never have a solution. Stay where you are in FL. and just talk. Why don’t you come home and give your support?

    • Ralphie Alcendo, USA
      January 19, 2016

      I guess you got a rush when you roasted the Minister, but “shut up” is not going to solve crimes. When he said un- Dominican its is saying that all Dominicans are not hard hearted people and murder is not our typical behavior, or should not be our typical behavior,

  14. Dan Tanner
    January 19, 2016

    It is not “un-Dominican”. It is typical for Dominica.

  15. just so sick of DA
    January 19, 2016

    I feel so sorry for my little country. Why are we not hearing from the Pm about these criminal act. Dominica use to be my vacation spot not any more. fix your broken system. Dominica has become a big joke…

  16. January 19, 2016

    Just and ideas could that man. Be responsible for some unloved murders police get to work your hads are full

  17. Rat Infestaion
    January 19, 2016

    “Blackmoore commended the police in responding to the incident and said the government will continue to provide the police force with the necessary resources to fight crime on the island.”

    I wonder if Blackmoore took a course in reporting to the media? If he did I am sure he did not pass it, or if he got a pass, I guess they so wanted to get him out so they did not mind helping him out. The man sure sounds lost when reporting and therefore I suggest he listens to CNN, ABC , FOX, when professionals are briefing the press. I will point them out later.

    I wonder what special piece or equipment/ training/ tool the government provided the police with in their fight against crime that they did not have before? Or, is he saying the reason the police could not fight crime before this incident, is because they were not provided with the needed equipment?

    Now the police seem to have what they needed to fight crimes, should we expect a change in the GON Emmanuel near death saga of…

  18. Anna
    January 19, 2016

    I really hope that the police is not selective in soling crime in Dominica, that when a foreigner is the victim they move expeditiously in capturing the perpetrator but when natives are the victims many remain unsolved.
    The police must be commended for their action, if the person in question is the perpetrator, but the police must now move with haste in bringing the culprits of other crimes, such as the fire bombing of G O N Emmanuel, to justice. Also, have they made any arrests for the rape of the elderly woman in Wesley or the assault of the young woman in Loubiere, among others? There is a lot of work to be done, so police take your kudos for that one but remember your work is yet to be done.

  19. Lougawoo Mem
    January 19, 2016

    Too many sick, criminal individuals roaming in Dominica. It’s time to get tougher with them

  20. January 19, 2016

    If this act is un-dominican why almost 99% of all the rape ,killing and assaults are made by dominica..you have not yet shown us the proof where any of the above crimes that i have stated were committed by a foreigner ..the law needs a change to punish severely according to these heinous crimes …dominica is about to be lost as soon as possible if the gov’t is not taking these crimes seriously…

    • Leah Remy
      January 19, 2016

      I don’t think that’s what the Honourable Minister was trying to say.

      I think he was trying to say that Dominicans are a fundamentally peace-loving people and that this type of crime goes against the very fabric of our ‘Dominican-ness’.

      Stop trying to make a political statement out everything. I voted against this government the last two elections and I can see what the Minister is trying to say without playing the political blame game and finger-pointing.

      Come on, man.

      • Peter Potter
        January 19, 2016

        Well if he was not trying to say that, say what you have to say. The problem is, most of the DLP Ministers incl. Skerrit can not communicate efficiently at all, not to say they can not talk properly at all.

      • Ralphie Alcendo, USA
        January 19, 2016

        @ Leah Remy…..We all know that the Minister is saying that murder is not typical of Dominicans, but some people will see negatives on a bright sunny day.

      • indira Ghandi
        January 19, 2016

        Well my dear,he must say what he means. He must not expect the readers to to bo thinking wgat he means.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      January 19, 2016

      @cb, Why do you and YOUR LIKES hate your country so badly? Do you believe if the gov’t wasn’t taking those crimes seriously, the POLICE would have acted so quickly and diligently?

    • Ralphie Alcendo, USA
      January 19, 2016

      The responsibility of national safety belong to each and every Dominican. A country is as safe as the people want it to be. A first step would be to neutralize the political hatred that is being promoted now. When you launch hatred you have no control over where it will land
      The media should start an anti-crime campaign to help crime stoppers organization(s). Words and attitude have a way of motivating people to do wrong. DNO with its world wide audience is in a position to make a positive contribution, others will follow. Maybe awards can be given at national functions for those people or organizations that help with such programs . We have about 80,000 people, we know each other and are either connected or related so we know who the bad guys are.

  21. Floridian diaspora
    January 19, 2016

    All joking aside these crimes need to stop. Whether they committed because of being broke or sexual recreations they need to stop instantly. This crimes are even more worrisome when they are committed against foreigners bearing in mind the backlash that could come our way from the international community. When regional international residents want to visit our tropical paradise and think of the fact that there is a reasonable chance of them getting robbed or potentially murdered they are going to think twice before making a move and this will hurt our pockets eventually and in this fragile economy that is spearheaded by a ……… leader we certainly cannot afford this. We must think before we act instead of acting first then regretting our actions later. I know these are desperate and trying times but let’s be considerate

  22. El Chapo ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ✓
    January 19, 2016

    Where the dude that said before “…before you jump and wail as said as this is and horrific crime is, be sure 1 billion percent it was committed by a Dominican.. some of you just like to rush to judgement.” They shoulda have gave you a million thumbs down :)

  23. Lumberjack
    January 19, 2016

    Killing the culprit is a righteous kill.. no mercy on this criminal.

  24. Humanitarian
    January 19, 2016

    This crime was horrific. Rose taking her dog for a walk before it was getting dark was brutally attacked and murdered. Can you imagine her husband finding her in such a terrible state! How is this going to impact the rest of his life! This crime was committed by a ruthless person or persons! I do not honestly understand how any human being could behave in such a barbaric fashion especially in our island of Dominica. These men/man was born into this world because of a woman. Why on earth would they want to violate a woman in such a horrific way. This is pure evil. My condolences go out to Rose’s husband and all the family. Rose R.I.P. The Dominica police force and the law courts must bring this man/men to justice. No bail, jail and in this case hanging would be in order me thinks!!!!!

    • Skip
      January 19, 2016

      What did they do to Rose??, this is my cousins wife and I have only just learnt of the news of her passing in Australia this morning. They were so happy out there, none of this makes sense.

    • Face the Facts
      January 20, 2016

      So she was taking her dog for a walk and this occurred to her?
      A similar situation with a Canadian woman who resided in Grenada. She worked at a Grenadian university. A few months ago, on Sunday morning she took her dogs for a walk and she was found dead. The murderer turned himself in to the Grenadian Police.
      These men give these countries a bad name. I hope none are ever released.

  25. more fire
    January 19, 2016

    Strangely, none of the crimes that have happened in Wesley and Marigot have ever been solved even after donkey years. Why/ Who is protecting who and for what reason?

    • Ralphie Alcendo, USA
      January 19, 2016

      What are the crimes that have not been solved. Highlight them so we can put pressure on the Minister. It is our civic duty. This will prevent criminals from going free.

      • Face the Facts
        January 20, 2016

        Telemaque could tell you. He is originally from Wesley. A few of his relatives were murdered. He mentioned it on one of these articles. Search for it and respond to him.

      • Face the Facts
        January 20, 2016

        I just remembered that the week prior to TS Erica, a blind 75-year old man from Colihaut was found one Sunday morning with both hands tied to his chesterfield. It appeared that he was given something to drink which poisoned him. This was shocking. You can read this story and comments which are posted, in DNO archives.
        The police was investigating and up to now we have heard nothing about this case. I usually comment about it.
        Well, TS Erica hit the following week. Frankly, I thought what Erica did was the anger of God. Colihaut and Coulibistrie were also badly hit by TS Erika.
        This is another case among many that appear not to have been solved.
        I am certain if this occurred in Canada (where I reside) and the US, the perpetrator would have been caught.
        Was this man residing alone? Who took care of him?
        All the police have to do is to interrogate the one or those who took care of the blind man, his friends and neighbors to catch the culprit(s).

  26. Tampa
    January 19, 2016

    Congratulations to the police and the Minister on the swift response and apprehension of a suspect. Crimes do affect the country’s image and we need to do all that is possible to reduce and solve crimes.

    By the way what about the GON Emmanuel firebombing case? It is OVER FIVE YEARS and yet no conclusion/resolution of the case.

    We the public are pleading with the Police Commissioner and the Minister of Security to bring closure to that case. Let us not wait until Mr. Emmanuel passes on to give him the justice that he deserves.

    • zuma
      January 19, 2016

      Tampa get over your gon ever day bashing or solve it yourself..

  27. the eye
    January 19, 2016

    My advice to the police is to make sure that they do not leave any stones upturned in the investigation of this matter.They should pursue every possible lead and evidence present to solve this case and do not be satisfied by only pacifying the anger of the general populace. Sometimes it could just may not be that specific person or him alone.

  28. wisewoman
    January 19, 2016

    If the police have apprehended the actual criminal, congratulations for fast work. Now we need to hope he is not released on bail.
    Now, can we please get an update on the deaths of Trevy Felix and Nelly Stharre??

    • January 19, 2016

      I need people to help me protest, this guy should be hanged

  29. smh
    January 19, 2016

    We need to get a handle on this rising crime..please do not allow our beautiful country to fall to ruins because of crime. We need to do whatever it takes. It must begin with us in our respective communities. If persons keep covering up for the perpetrators its just a matter of time before it reaches our own households and by then it would be too late. Please people..speak out!!

  30. John Jay
    January 19, 2016

    Where I am happy that someone is being questioned in relationship to this incident .Isn’t there a Police Public Relations Officer anymore, why is he that has to come out and say what the police has done.

    • zuma
      January 19, 2016

      Silly cow last time i checked he is the Minister of National Security. Know what this t means . All crimes of such falls under his minustry…

    • Ralphie Alcendo, USA
      January 19, 2016

      Say something is bad, say nothing is worst. The Minister did the right thing in coming out against crime and giving credit to the police.

      • Face the Facts
        January 20, 2016

        Some Dominicans cannot be pleased. They always critique and are too negative. This is due to their mentality which they need to change for the better.

    • Original Mahaut Man
      January 20, 2016

      What difference does it makes >Stop being a hatter.

    • Original Mahaut Man
      January 20, 2016

      What difference does it makes .Stop being a hatter

    • Original Mahaut Man
      January 20, 2016

      What difference does it makes.Stop being a hatter

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