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Dec 8, 2016

Corozal Town Man Chopped and Shot to Death

Armando Pelayo Jr.

The month of December, celebrating peace on earth and goodwill to all men, has started off violently across the country. One of the latest victim of the violence, is thirty-six year old Armando Pelayo died an agonizing death early this morning at his G Street South home on the outskirts of Corozal Town. The only persons who may know what happened to him and why are nowhere to be found for now. While a motive has not been officially established, there is a strong suggestion that Pelayo, a father of two children, was accosted by family members intervening in a domestic dispute. News Five’s Aaron Humes has more from Corozal Town.

 

Dennis Arnold

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold, O.C., Corozal Police Formation

“This morning, at about two-fifty-five a.m., we had a burglary patrol team out around Corozal. Where, about that time, they saw a white, tinted-glass car, and they decided to follow that car. They followed that car to G Street; that car stopped in front of Mister Armando Pelayo’s house. Two persons alighted that said vehicle; a male and a female. The police officers alighted their patrol mobile, where they saw a female person coming from Mister Pelayo’s house. At that sme time, the neighbors were yelling to the police officers for help. The officers went to the neighbors’ house where they saw Mister Armando Pelayo, thirty-six years; he was bleeding profusely with appears to be chop wounds to the head, the back and to the hand.”

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

But the exact circumstances surrounding the death of Armando Pelayo are more difficult to explain for police, because the cops have difficulty finding the three persons who were the last to see Pelayo alive – a man and two women.

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“We are looking for the female that was coming out of Mister Pelayo’s house and the male and the female who stopped in front of Mister Pelayo’s house in that tinted white car.”

 

Reporter

“So then are you assuming that it was them who committed the crime?”

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“No; we are not assuming anything. But I believe they can assist with our investigation.”

 

Reporter

“Are they suspects?”

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“No, they are not suspects, but they can assist with our investigation.”

 

While an exact motive has not been determined, police say they have no record of illegal activity among the persons of interest, including drug trafficking. Pelayo has a colourful reputation in town, and served prison time, yet only an incident of a personal nature could explain the ruthless character of his demise. Police recovered a knife, machete, three live rounds of ammunition and an expended shell and recorded blood on the floor. According to Pelayo’s closest neighbor, he and his common-law wife had been having problems, and that may be behind what happened to him. The neighbour believes that the woman and her two children fled across the border to Guatemala – but whether to hide from Police or get away from the traumatic circumstances is not clear. Either way, Sr. Supt. Arnold is asking her and her cohorts to come in and clear up the mystery.

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Apparently, there was a misunderstanding between Mister Pelayo and someone else. After the incident took place at Mister Pelayo’s house, apparently he went over to the neighbor to ask for assistance; but then the police officers, they were trailing that heavily tinted white car, and that white car led them to that house. So it was just coincidence that the police were – they were doing their job, and it led them to that house.”

 

Reporter

“And then they were – at the same time, they were responding to the distress calls of the neighbours?”

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Yes, exactly, because Mister Pelayo was there.”

 

Reporter

“Hence they were not paying attention to the people in the vehicle…”

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“They paid attention to the vehicle, but they believe that our primary role and function is protection and preservation of life and property, so they took Mister Pelayo to… exactly, but they knew the person – the two persons who got out of the vehicle.”

 

Reporter

“Police knew those people?”

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Yes.”

 

Reporter

“So how are these people known to police?”

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“They are from Corozal.”

 

Reporter

“So they have been questioned already?”

 

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Not as yet; we are looking for them and if they are seeing this interview we would like them to come in because we believe they can assist with this investigation.”

 

From Corozal Town, Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

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