A farmer from the RM of Taché visiting family in the Caribbean was killed during a home invasion early Tuesday morning, the Free Press has learned.
Edgar George Dart, 56, was shot by masked attackers who broke into his mother’s home in an upscale neighbourhood of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.
Seven people, including Dart’s school-aged son, were home during the ordeal. Police say victims were bound and gagged, and Dart was gunned down during a struggle with one of the suspects.
No arrests have been made in the island’s sixth homicide of 2014.
Dart operated a feed business, about 14 kilometres south of Anola, said a friend who did not want to be identified.
"It’s terrible news," the man said. "He was down in the Bahamas taking care of some family business. His father died in December, so he was down there helping his mother. He took his son with him.
"It was about 7 o’clock and intruders broke into the house. Edgar tried to intervene and they shot him."
The Tribune newspaper in the Bahamas reported Dart is the son of the late Colin Dart, a wealthy British resident who died in December. The man’s wife, Joan, is living in the affluent subdivision of Emerald Bay.
Edgar Dart, his son and other family members from Great Britain were visiting the woman when the home invasion occurred.
Dart farmed in Taché for many years, but sold much of his land to focus on the feed business, the friend explained.
"(Edgar) was just a very hard-working man," his friend said. "He came from an affluent British family, but you wouldn’t know it. He was down to earth."
Bahamas Asst. Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour said suspects wore masks, gloves, and dark clothing, and were armed with a handgun and machete. They tied up their victim’s hands with duct tape.
"This incident is very disturbing to us and to the wider Grand Bahama community," Seymour told the Tribune.
The family was robbed of jewelry and other personal belongings.
Seymour told the Tribune investigators aren’t sure how the suspects made their way onto the property and into the home.
After the violent robbery, they fled in a white GMC truck. The vehicle was later recovered by police not far the home.
Police weren’t notified until about two hours after the incident, because the suspects had tampered with phones in the home, Seymour said.
An autopsy was scheduled for today.
It was the sixth homicide of the year on Grand Bahama. There have been about 30 for all of the Bahamas, an island chain just off the coast of Florida.