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Dec 22, 2016

Suspects Sought in Two of Three Recent Belmopan-area Murders

Police in the Belmopan area have been kept busy recently with several murder cases. Teakettle’s Abner Vasquez was beaten to death in the village on December second. On December fifteenth, the body of Manuel Medrano was found at his farm outside Buena Vista village, off the Spanish Lookout Road. Only a day later, mason Freddy Cerritos from San Martin in Belmopan was stabbed to death, allegedly by a close friend, following an argument. In the Vasquez and Cerritos cases, police have closed in on their suspects, but they are having poorer luck with the death of sixty-year-old Medrano. Belmopan police commander Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett discussed all three cases this afternoon.


Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police

“The murder with Mister Cerritos, we have a suspect; we have put an all-points bulletin countrywide and we haven’t found him, but we are working closely with friends of [his] and we believe that very soon we will be able to have him in our custody, and we will be charged for murder. As it relates to the death of Mister Medrano, I do not have sufficient evidence on me at this time to tell you any new information – there is no new information to my knowledge, on that one; we are still investigating.  We are seeking one person in that regard, and we haven’t sent out a wanted poster in that case because there [is] more work to be done to the file before we make that strong allegation that yes indeed, that person was the killer. But we have a person that we are looking for, for questioning.”


If you have seen Hovard Martinez, kindly contact Belmopan Police or Crime Stoppers Belize at 0-800-922-TIPS.

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