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Apr 20, 2017

Shawn Rodriguez Gets Seven Years for Brazen Carjacking

Fifty-seven-year-old cab driver Ernesto Robinson is recovering from injuries received during a brazen carjacking on Tuesday night in Belize City.  His attacker, twenty-two-year-old Shawn Rodriguez, a resident of San Ignacio, is behind bars tonight serving a seven-year sentence.  Rodriguez, a first time offender, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today, where he was arraigned on two criminal charges.  He was indicted on one count of robbery with a deadly instrument and one count of deadly means of harm.  Rodriguez pleaded guilty to both offences which he described as unjustified and reckless.  Sometime after eight o’clock on Tuesday, police visited the K.H.M.H. where Robinson had been admitted to ward suffering from a cut wound the right side of the face and the right side of the neck. According to Robinson, he received a call from a man who requested a pick up from in front of Go Wireless. As Robinson was transporting the customer, Rodriguez suddenly choked him from behind and demanded that he surrender the vehicle. When Robinson refused, he was stabbed multiple times, before managing to jump out of the moving vehicle. Police quickly responded to the scene and shortly thereafter they saw a grey Toyota Camry matching the description of the stolen vehicle and gave chase. The pursuit ended around mile fourteen on the George Price Highway with the taxi extensively damaged. Rodriguez was arrested a short while after. In court, Rodriguez apologized for the incident and asked for leniency since it is his first crime.  With that Senior Magistrate Frazer slapped him with a seven year sentence.


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