American Tourist Charged With Killing Robber In British West Indies

American tourist Gavin "Scott" Hapgood said he was attacked by a maintenance worker in his hotel room in Anguilla.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly called Anguilla a British Virgin Island. It is a British Overseas Territory in the British West Indies.

Anguilla, BWI – An American tourist has been charged with the murder of a hotel employee whom he said attacked him in front of his daughters in their hotel room.

Gavin “Scott” Hapgood, 44, and his family were staying at the Malliouhana Resort on Anguilla in the British West Indies, enjoying a Caribbean vacation when the incident occurred, CNN reported.

Kelcey Kintner, a spokeswoman for the Hapgood family, released a detailed statement on May 2 that explained exactly what happened, according to the Connecticut Post.

The Hapgood family, of Darien, Connecticut, said a man claiming to be a maintenance employee showed up at their hotel room on April 13 and said he was there to fix a broken sink.

The family had not reported the sink broken, nor had they ever seen the employee before, according to their statement.

“The attacker arrived minutes after our minor daughters walked back to the hotel room on their own. The man knocked on the door, saying he was there to fix a broken sink,” the statement read. “Scott indicated the sinks were not broken as far as he was aware, but that the man was free to have a look. Like any of us would, he trusted a hotel staff person in uniform.”

Kintner said Hapgood was “attacked without warning in his family’s hotel room by a maintenance worker who was armed and demanding money.”

She said the father acted in self-defense to “protect the lives of his young daughters and himself,” the Connecticut Post reported.

“Scott was literally fighting for his life,” the statement said. “He was bitten multiple times by the attacker, including on his face.”

The death certificate said the maintenance worker, identified as 27-year-old Dominican Republic-national Kenny Mitchel, died from “prone restraint, positional asphyxia and blunt-force trauma to the head, neck and torso.”

But the Hapgood family’s statement denied that the father choked Mitchel and said he had sustained serious injuries himself during the fight, the Connecticut Post reported.

The Hapgood family released a picture of Hapgood’s injuries after the altercation.

“Scott was literally fighting for his life. He was bitten multiple times by the attacker, including on his face,” the statement explained.

The picture was taken after hotel security had arrived and restrained Mitchel.

“Scott Hapgood did what any parent would do - defend himself and his children. And thanks to his actions, Scott and our family survived this terrible encounter,” the statement read.

Hapgood, who is a financial adviser for UBS, has been described as a loving husband and very involved father to his three children, the Connecticut Post reported.

“Scott has spent his entire life doing the right things: he is married to his college sweetheart, he has worked at the same company for over 20 years, he is a volunteer coach and a loving and devoted father,” the statement read.

The Royal Anguilla Police Force arrested Hapgood and charged him with manslaughter, according to the Connecticut Post.

Bail was initially denied when Hapgood appeared in court on April 17; however, the defendant retained local defense attorney Thomas Astaphan and he was able to convince the judge to grant a $75,000 bond to the American tourist, CNN reported.

Astaphan told the court that Hapgood would return for court in Anguilla on Aug. 22 because he wanted to clear his name, the Connecticut Post reported.

The bond conditions also required that Hapgood return to the island within three days of each subsequent hearing, according to CNN.

There was no security footage from the hotel available that showed any part of the incident.

Comments (11)
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Propolice
Propolice

Hope this Hero gets off and sues the city as well as the hotel. Just a case of another POS bites the dust!

Gramercy
Gramercy

I can SEE this happening...as I have also been "trusting" of hotel employees...may Scott get his pardon, get his freedom, get this earned, and then do what he thinks is necessary to right any wrong....sounds very REAL to me...

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Remember, the U.S. is the ONLY country in the world that has a Constitution that protects the PEOPLE from the Gov't . People going to other countries seem to forget that FACT.

Astow
Astow

I’m confused! When did the robber die? The article says hotel security came and restrained him, so, not dead yet? In “restraining” the guy, could the hotel security have caused asphyxiation?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Sounds justified. Hope he gets off.

facts-matter
facts-matter

Anguilla is not in the British Virgin Islands. Makes the basic headline of this article incorrect. Anguilla is an Overseas Territory of the UK, ie part of the United Kingdom.

Since Scott reports the maintenance worker was armed, should be easy to verify at least that fact when it goes to court. Which then strongly suggests self-defence.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good for the hotel worker. I’m sure he wouldn’t have killed the hotel worker in front of his kids on purpose.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Where is the justice for Scott Hapgood?? He was attacked by this criminal in his own hotel room and had to fight for his life and his daughters. He was bitten by this jerk numerous times. How terrifying for this family on vacation! They treated him like he was the attacker. Too bad that the attacker died. He made the choice to break the law and he suffered the ultimate punishment. These vacation spots sound crazy. Do they think Scott is lying. Look at the poor man!

Pack
Pack

British....that says all you need to know.

AMCO
AMCO

Hotel security restrained Mitchel? Then apparently Hapgood did not kill Mitchel and the hotel security did! I would avoid this place like the plague, it sounds like another Amanda Knox case.