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Bizarre Home Invasion – Four Shot One Killed…
Jul 28, 2014

There was deadly invasion in the early hours of Saturday morning. It was over in a matter of minutes, but by then one man was dead and three women injured.   Tacos vendor, Carlos Mayorga was shot on the neck and chest and died in the bedroom of his house on Mopan Street. Three women, Sijihan Avila, Alida Asencio and Karina Avila were at Mayorga’s house preparing food they would sell near the K.H.M.H. when the two armed men entered through the back door and attacked the group. In the chaos, Mayorga handed over two thousand dollars in cash, but that did not prevent his execution nor did it stop one of the men from opening fire on the women. It is believed that the suspects are known to the victims and this is why police are providing protection around the clock to the surviving women. Duane Moody reports.

Duane Moody, Reporting

The blood-stained mattress outside a house on Mopan Street, located behind where the City Center once stood, was the telltale sign of a home invasion turned murder. Some time before five a.m. on Saturday, tacos vendors, fifty-two Carlos Mayorga and three women were prepping for their daily tacos sales, when they were attacked by two men who entered their home. The two assailants wielded a firearm and knife and demanded money.

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson, OC, Precinct 1, Belize City Police

“Sometime around five a.m., police from Precinct One responded to a report of shots being fired at forty-seven Mopan Street. Upon their arrival at that residence, they saw the lifeless body of Carlos Mayorga, fifty-two year old, a food vendor of the same address suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the back of his neck and left shoulder in a kneeling position inside his room at the foot of his bed. Also there were three other females: Sijihan Avila, nineteen year old who was suffering from gunshot wound to the left chest and left side of the abdomen. Karina Avila, nineteen year old, also suffering from gunshot wound as well to the left arm and forty-two year old Alida Asencio, a Honduran food vendor of the same address. Initial investigations reveal that these four persons were preparing food when two male persons entered the home from the back door and made demands for money.”

All four were taken inside Mayorga’s bedroom and forced to their knees by the assailants. Mayorga opened a locker, which was secured with a pad lock, and handed over two thousand dollars in cash. But before the aggressors fled the scene, they shot him to the back of the neck and also targeted the Avilas and Asencio. The three women were rushed to the K.H.M.H. and are currently under police guard. Asencio is critical.

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson

Alden Dawson

“One of the male persons who was carrying the firearm—there were two persons: a short one and a taller one—the short one who had in his possession the firearm, then pointed the gun at Mayorga and a shot which caught him in the back of the head. He then pointed the gun single times at each female and fired a shot which caused their injury. Mayorga succumbed to their injury while the other three females are in the hospital recovering. At this time, we have three persons in custody and the investigation is ongoing.”

Duane Moody for News Five.

Two Dead in Friday Evening Accident
Jul 28, 2014

Duane Pelayo & Gerald Gillett

But at the start of the weekend, a terrible road traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway on Friday evening resulted in the death of two men and blocked the road for hours. Thirty-one year old Duane Pelayo and forty-eight year old Gerald Gillett are said to have died almost instantly when the motorcycle they were on collided with a pickup truck heading into Belize City. Mike Rudon was on the scene shortly after and has the story.

Mike Rudon, Reporting

Traffic was brought to a complete standstill on Friday evening, with vehicles backed up for miles. The accident happened on this stretch of road near mile six at just after five pm. Duane Pelayo and Gerald Gillett were on a cycle heading to Ladyville when they slammed almost head on into this pickup owned by the Belize Tourism Board.

ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer

“Police were called to an area at mile six on the Phillip Goldson Highway. They met a pickup with damages. They met a motorbike severely damaged and two persons were on the ground and declared deceased on the scene. The information we have presently is that the motorcycle rider and pillion rider were on their way to somewhere in this area, Ladyville and collided into the pickup. We are looking at what may have caused it. We did speak to the driver who was injured to some extent. Like I said the motorcycle riders were deceased on spot.”

The cycle was crushed by the impact. An eyewitness told us that the impact was so massive that the driver of the cycle died immediately while his passenger lived only seconds longer.

Howell Pandy

Howell Pandy, Eyewitness [File: July 25th, 2014]

“The cycle fly past me. When e fly past me e hit into a black truck on the side of the road. When e hit the black truck e cut weh from the truck and straight into the B.T.B. vehicle….right up ina the air and flat pon the ground.”

Mike Rudon

“From looking at it, it seems like the B.T.B. truck was on its side…was the cycle overtaking or did it lose control when it hit the black vehicle?”

Howell Pandy

“It was overtaking the black truck. While e overtake the black truck e hit like the mirror or something on the black truck…then seca deh try get away from that ih gawn over to the left. The B.T.B. truck look like e midi try get weh from a offa the road but e still hit ah…”

Mike Rudon

“Could you tell from what you saw if death was instantaneous for the persons on the cycle?”

Howell Pandy

“Well when the thing happen, I get out of my car and I gawn…and the one middle of the road look like he mi dead right away. The one by the fence he midi breathe for a while. He breathe and breathe and breathe and then he stop.”

The tragedy highlighted another serious problem – as we told you the road was literally blocked for hours – no access into or out of Belize City on the major artery.

Christopher Noble

ASP Christopher Noble

“It became quite chaotic. There are times when everybody is going home and Friday is the day when everybody leaves their job and travels out-district. The highway was very crowded. We do appreciate that communicating with the media right away persons were asked to use the other highway, asking persons to be patient with us….we ask that persons always be patient with us. There are times when it is required and sometimes tensions do flare. Friday’s events showed us where we have to put something in place for that particular part of the highway because it locks off access both in and out and to some extent some persons were trapped within that area. Looking at it and re-strategizing will be key for us, because it is not as though it will not repeat itself.”

For Pelayo and Gillett, any warning would come too late, but for others who will be using this potentially hazardous stretch of road, it is wise to exercise extreme caution.

ASP Christopher Noble

“Be cognizant of one, at that time of the evening it is going to be dark. You need to be lighted. For motorcycle riders your helmets are very key. However, riding a motorcycle or driving a vehicle, if you were consuming something it is not advisable any at all. That piece of highway is rather dark. It is not well lit. You need to have lights and proper ones at that. You need to be cautious not only for yourself but for the next person. There are pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles using the road. Being in haste doesn’t actually help. It doesn’t help at all if you are in a haste and cause problems for yourself.”

Looking at the scene of the impact it would be difficult to believe, but the driver of the vehicle received only very minor injuries and walked away from the incident. Mike Rudon for News Five.

Michaels’ Death Still a Mystery…
Jul 28, 2014

Stephen Michael Jr.

The death of Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist teacher, Stephen Michael Junior, shocked the community. Michael Junior was found dead on a bed inside his home at the corner of Jaguar Avenue and Tapir Street off Fabers Road Extension. He was found by his housekeeper bleeding from the mouth and nose and the door to his house was ajar. His father told News Five that several household items, his laptop, wallet and cell phone were missing. Initially his death was ruled as a homicide, but later police classified it as a case of sudden death. What led to Michael Junior’s demise is still unknown and an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday at one-thirty in the afternoon will determine whether in fact the twenty-eight year old primary school teacher was murdered. Officer Commanding Precinct Two, Senior Superintendent Alford Grinage gave an update on the investigation.

Alford Grinage

Sr. Supt. Alford Grinage, O.C., Precinct 2, Belize City Police

“CIB personnel observed the lifeless body of Steven John Michael lying on the bed. Initial investigation reveals that the maid came to the house about seven-forty-five a.m.; the maid that usually goes to clean and as a result, she identified the person lying on the bed in the room, hence the reason she called the police. The police upon arrival at the residence determined that it was Stephen John Michael, a former teacher of the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist School and there were no signs of violence on the body. The body now lies at the K.H.M.H. morgue awaiting a post mortem. Since then, we have begun an investigation because after speaking to relatives and the father of the deceased person, we learnt that there are some items missing from the residence. We learnt that there is a flat screen TV that is missing, a laptop computer, his wallet and also a cell phone that was taken from the residence. At this time I am not able to say whether these items were taken upon the person’s death or before…so that matter is still under investigation and we are following other leads.  Yes, there were slight blood on the mattress of the bed and some foam substance coming out of his mouth, but we did not see any physical injuries on the body observed. It could have been internal; that’s why I mentioned that there are no signs of injury that the police observed from the outside.”

Man Dies in Boom while Socializing…
Jul 28, 2014

Christopher Noble

Police have not released the name of a man who died at the health centre in Burrell Boom on Saturday. According to reports, the man was drinking in front of the gas station in the village when he allegedly complained that he was not feeling well. He was immediately taken to the health centre and died there. According to Rural Executive Officer Christopher Noble, Police are waiting on a post-mortem examination to determine the thrust of their investigation and to confirm or rule out the possibility of foul play.

ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer

“There’s a gentleman that was socializing in Burrell Boom and he had a situation. He was taken to the health centre in Burrell Boom and he succumbed. That is to our knowledge suspect. We do have an autopsy scheduled to see what may have caused his demise. The persons in the area are cooperating with us so we’re hoping that after an autopsy we may be able to say what actually transpired.”

Reporter

“Is it being looked at as a sudden death or foul play?”

ASP Christopher Noble

“Every death at its initial stage is suspect. Like I said before, we don’t know what actually transpired. We are looking at where he was, and who he was with. And the end result will be the autopsy and the tests.”

Reporter

“But we understand that he ingested a substance which it is thought led to this crisis.”

ASP Christopher Noble

“Well if he did ingest it, an autopsy would tell us.”

Reporter

“Are you all…is anyone being questioned or looked at in terms of perhaps he was poisoned or is there any angle being looked at that a suspicious act may be involved in his ingestion of the substance?”

ASP Christopher Noble

“From all indications he was socializing so all persons in the area are being looked at, not as suspects but as part of the investigation. Had they been looked at as suspects they would have been detained. It’s that simple.”

Hunt for Missing Chairman Intensifies…
Jul 28, 2014

Hattieville Chairman Kevin Carcamo has been missing since July twentieth and the search for him has continued unabated. The Discover-seis employee went to work that day and never came home. Every day since then employees of the company have joined his friends and family, the Police, Coast Guard and B.D.F. in combing the area where he disappeared near Freetown Sibun. Today Rural Executive Office Christopher Noble told News Five that the investigation has entered a new phase which will mean the detention and questioning of certain individuals who may be able to shed some light on Carcamo’s disappearance.

ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer

Christopher Noble

“The investigation is still ongoing with the search for the Chairman. We are still hoping for the best outcome. We are not in a position to say right now that we are not going in a positive direction. We are going in a positive direction. However it is something that will become quite uncomfortable for certain people. Our investigation has to be done and it has to be done thoroughly. As a colleague of mine mentioned, no stone will be left unturned. We have started doing more intense investigation and now we will be holding on to persons for clarity with regards to our investigation. We are still having active searches in certain areas and we expanded that search over the weekend with persons going into these areas to physically check particular places. The Coast Guard is still on board with us. The B.D.F. is still on board with us. We are still looking for Mr. Carcamo. We are hoping for the best outcome for Mr. Carcamo. Not wanting to be negative, it is such that our protocols demand certain things from us, however diminishing our efforts would be cause for alarm. People would want to know how come the Police are not doing certain things. So at this stage it is still that whatever we get we will act upon. If it’s intelligence, we are asking the public to please use the numbers that are out there, because a reward is now being offered for his return.”

The company is offering a reward of ten thousand dollars for information on the whereabouts of Kevin Carcamo.

Discoverseis Says Reports of Missing Explosives are False
Jul 28, 2014

In the wake of the unexplained disappearance of Hattieville chairman Kevin Carcamo, reports have been spreading like wildfire across the community that the company, for which he worked, had lost a cache of high-powered explosives.  Over the weekend, the reports concerning the loss of charges from Discoverseis’ in Hattieville led to a police raid being conducted in the village.  While the exercise proved fruitless, the speculation, according to Assistant Project Manager Marvin Manzanero, has been baseless.  Manzanero told News Five earlier that despite a massive fire which destroyed a significant number of company equipment used for geophysical activity within the contract area, all explosives had been used in recent operations within Freetown Sibun.