Champagne Paris Accused of Stealing Female Items in Independence
In early July, nineteen-year-old Perfilio Rodriguez spent two nights on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being charged for aggravated assault. Rodriguez, also known as Vanessa Champagne Paris, had to be kept in a special cell for his own protection. It caused no end of confusion for prison officials because while Rodriguez is physically male, he insists that he is female. Those prison officials may want to start revisiting their problem because tonight Rodriguez is in lockdown at the Independence Police Station, accused of burglary. It is the second such charge against Rodriguez in two weeks. He was arraigned recently on burglary and handling stolen goods charges, but pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and was fined. According to Independence Police, Rodriguez is again accused of stealing jewellery and female items from a home in Independence sometime between last night and this morning. He is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.