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Jul 1, 2014

Canadian national is attacked with machete and axe in Benque

On January thirty-first a Canadian national living in Benque Viejo was attacked by a man wielding an axe and a machete. Steven Reichert was carrying his two year old daughter in his arms at the time, and in trying to protect her he received deep chop wounds to the neck and arm. The perpetrator, Genaro Hob, was arrested and charged for assault and released on bail. But tonight Hob is again in Police custody after he attacked Steven Reichert on Monday, this time with a knife. Reichert was walking out of the Benque Viejo Post Office at around one pm when Hob came after him with a knife. Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson is the former Officer Commanding the Benque precinct. He reported to duty as the new OC in San Ignacio today, but gave us an update on the Hob situation.


Via Phone: ASP Dinsdale Thompson, Former OC, Benque Police

Via Phone: ASP Dinsdale Thompson

“There was an attack against one Steven Reichert who is a resident of Benque Viejo and the manager of a hotel and resort in Benque Viejo. Sometime yesterday morning he was attacked by one Mr. Genaro Hob who at the time had in his hand a knife which he attacked Mr. Steven with. It didn’t cause any injury because at the time Mr. Steven had in his hand a carton box. He reported to us that he held out the carton box in front of him which caused Mr. Hob not to cause any injury to him. We have arrested and charged Mr. Hob for aggravated assault. Mr. Hob and Mr. Steven have a matter before the court which is ongoing….a matter of a similar nature where Mr. Hob attacked Mr. Steven with a machete and so that matter is presently before the court. The court has also ordered that there be an evaluation on Mr. Hob. At the present moment the court is waiting for the result. We are not taking the matter lightly. We are looking at it seriously and we have decided to go after the matter strongly.”


Benque Police have come under criticism for failing to charge Hob for attempted murder after the attack on Reichert and his daughter at the end of January. Today Thompson told us that Hob is known to be mentally challenged, and pending the result of the psychiatric evaluation they will push for him to be remanded for the attack on Monday.

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8 Responses for “Canadian national is attacked with machete and axe in Benque”

  1. Ali BaBarrow, sez it all says:

    put a chain on this rabid UDP pit bull, he is Contrerass’ lap dog.

  2. Been There and Done That says:

    Welcome to Belize Tourists.
    Come here and be Attacked or Murdered and become part of Belize History.
    The Belize Tourism Board needs New Victims.
    All the others are DEAD

    Be Smart – Stay Away From Belize.

    Been There & Done That – and Glad to Be Gone

  3. Just another gringo in Belize says:

    Let me get this straight.? This is the same attacker that wasn’t charged with attempted murder. Is back walking the streets and attacking people again. What the $)&)(. Kind of Justice system does Belize have.?

    Only when a tourist are killed do they actually get charged ?

    Why would anyone visit Belize when they have this kind of justice system.

  4. Dumb Guy says:

    Get a gun and use it Mr. Reichert. If Hob is found to be insane, then we already have two reasons to have him jailed for life, one, you’re insane, and two, you like to kill people. There is no way to stop this stupidly dangerous idiot.

  5. No to LGBT says:

    Clearly, this man is not insane. Has he attacked anyone else other than Mr. Reichert? No. He is targeting this individual so he should be charged for attempted murder. It seems he is stalking Mr. Reichert. A mentally unstable individual would have attacked numerous persons….He di play crazy.

  6. belizedictatorship says:

    Reichert , just blast the guy and throw him in the ditch somewhere. Its pretty obvious the police aren t going to do anything to you. As this guy is out on 2 attempted murder charges, only to try for a 3rd time! WTF???

  7. cayorez says:

    Use the gun. Just get rid of trash like this!

  8. H@tari says:

    This maniac is politically protected by the local “Honorable” (??) minister. He should have been charged with attempted murder and remanded but strings were pulled and the cops said “yasser boss” and he walked out with an assault charge the first time. What BS! There is no justice and the police do not have the huevos to stand up to the politicians! Shameful but typical GOB.

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