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Sep 4, 2014

Residents Praised and Criticized for Their Role in Suspect’s Arrest

The villagers of San Pedro, Columbia and those from San Marcos played a crucial role in the capture of the alleged killer. They acted swiftly after the murder of a woman they respected and loved, and vowed to hunt down the man they believed had taken her life. Men, women and children carrying sticks, batons and machetes searched the bushes around the village, leaving no stone unturned. When their prey proved elusive, they put pressure on his family members, placing them under community arrest. Their actions have drawn both praise and criticism from the Punta Gorda Police Department.


Via Phone: Supt. Simeon Alvarez, Officer Commanding, Punta Gorda Formation

“We personally had no problem with the villagers assisting the Police in locating the suspect. We had no problem with that. Their cooperating with us in doing so was perfectly in order. But what they did when they detained the family members of the suspect…if they received certain information that the family members were feeding or hiding the suspect, then they should have brought that information to the Police and then the Police should have been the ones to go after the family members, bring them to the station, and had an interview with them. Because, as what I explained to the Alcalde of that community, even though the residents of that community wanted the family to be detained, they had no authority because it is not them…they are not the suspect. That should have been left in the hands of the Police to make a decision there and then. But what I had to do that night when I responded to their call, I had to safeguard the family members. I had to bring them to the Punta Gorda Police Station and they were interviewed, and later on they were released the following day.”


All that means little to the residents of San Pedro, Columbia. An alleged killer has been captured and justice has been served in memory of Agripina Coc. Police say Choco has told them that he acted alone.

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10 Responses for “Residents Praised and Criticized for Their Role in Suspect’s Arrest”

  1. rudy says:

    do your job you pigs and stop complaining about these villagers ,if it wasn’t for these villagers this murderer would still be running around looking for his next victim. you should give these villagers a medal for doing the police job, you police men should be a shame of yourself ….power to the people

  2. kmh says:

    Sadly with the conviction rate so low, he will get off like so many others. I doubt there will be justice. Belizeans know that arresting someone accused of a serious crime means almost nothing in Belize.

  3. lowjack says:

    sometimes is necesary to do that they were not the suspect but they were hiding information that could be use to arrest this man so they were suspect too and involved in that mater,i’m amazed by the poor police work in Belize no investigation never found the responsible people for the crime they always investigating but after a while nothing happens, so what’s wrong? they are not training or they simply don’t care is just a their job walk in the streets and everybody say Mr police, if the residents of the village don’t help they probably never would catch that man

  4. Uncle Benji says:

    Hang in there my PG brothers. You did a great job. You showed the Police how to do their jobs. Keep up the good work. An eye for an eye.

  5. dats just gud says:

    That’s exactly what need to be done in Belize City and for the rest of the districts……..let us as a Nation stop tolerating criminals……..

  6. CEO says:

    Harboring a fugitive and Obstruction of Justice are both crimes and if his family was hiding him they can and should at the very least be charged with Obstruction of Justice. Citizens have the right to make a citizens’ arrest!

    Problem is not many Belizeans have confidence in the police department, if they did they would not have had the need to hunt down this suspect.

    The PD needs to do some confidence building through out the country.and quit criticizing those that try to make a differnce.

  7. Ali BaBarrow, sez it all says:

    > they had no authority because it is not them…they are not the suspect.

    if the family members were feeding or hiding the suspect, they also would be suspects if not co-conspirators aiding and abetting.

    Seems like a citizen’s arrest would be appropriate as long as the suspects are not abused and handed over to police.

    What does Alvarez expect them to do? nothing? call the police and the police show up a few hours later?

  8. Ali BaBarrow, sez it all says:

    Good work citizens of San Pedro Columbia!

    Take back your country from the criminals.

    With the rot at the top, don’t expect the government to do much to save you.

  9. Belizean Pride says:

    Excuse me!!! And who are the dumb heads trying to criticized this proud villagers who believe in justice and are were doing what is best for their community. Instead of giving them the praise it’s reversed, HOPE, JUST HOPE that the lady in charged of the so called human rights don’t bring up that crap of human rights being violated because that would be a slap in the face of the valiant Maya community who strive as a well settle community who believes in Justice.

  10. Gregori says:

    What the people of this village did should be an example to our country and the reason they acted was because they know the authorities don’t do anything. Bring back death penalty law to Belize and give license to hardworking Belizeans to own guns

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