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Wanted in three languages, two countries with REWARD set at $10,000 – Magnetic Media

By Dana Malcolm

Personal editor

#TurksandCaicos, November 18, 2022 – A $10,000 bounty has been placed on the head of alleged ‘gang leader’ Brandon Rahming by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police, but in the face of police efforts a disturbing response has emerged.

In the comments under the Police Facebook post: Brazen threats against residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands by an account registered as: “Brandon Lee”.

“Triple that and stop being cheap, people are hurting here,” the post’s author quipped, seemingly shedding light on the intense grief of families who have lost loved ones.

The user continued with vile and serious threats in Creole translated into:

“If $10,000 is worth your whole family, go ahead and try… Just one call”

Although the profile was private, there were more threats visibly displayed on the user’s profile picture. Apparently threatening an inmate at one of the island’s correctional facilities.

Magnetic Media cannot confirm the identity behind this profile, but the owner appears to check the police page very often as Facebook has listed him as one of the page’s top fans.

Meanwhile, Rahming remains a regional fugitive as the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas have him listed as wanted on drug and firearms charges, with the additional more serious crime of murder affixed to his wanted poster. ICT.

The alleged ‘gang leader’ was listed as wanted on October 27e, less than 24 hours after the murder of Paul Missick and the wounding of another man. Days later, a shocking video emerged showing Missick’s final moments as a man dressed in black demanded to know who was “talking to the police” before shooting Missick and two others.

With the passage of the Anti-Gang Ordinance, anyone arrested and convicted as a gang leader in the Turks and Caicos Islands can face multiple charges, including gang membership. The crime carries a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years if convicted. With this police label as “gang leader”, Brandon Leonardo Rahming can go up to 25 years.

Additionally, he could be charged with coercing, encouraging, instigating or assisting others to join a gang, which will result in up to 25 years in prison for an offender.

Earlier this year, the National Security Council said it would use money for news programs to encourage residents to tell what they saw, but Rahming is the first man this year to have a reward for information placed on his head and it’s been almost a decade since a bounty was set so high.