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Jun 16, 2017

An Elderly Shopkeeper’s Grisly End in August Pine Ridge

Pedro Pol

An elderly shop keeper was callously murdered on Thursday afternoon in Orange Walk. Ninety-year-old Pedro Pol was robbed inside his shop in August Pine Ridge at around two o’clock. Police confirm that one of two minors from a nearby village is being held for the callous murder. The elderly man met a horrific death; he was bound on the feet, his mouth stuffed and a towel tied around his neck. He also had wounds on the head and body. Pol was rushed to the hospital, but expired an hour later. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

For over four decades, Pedro Pol manned this small grocery shop here in the village of August Pine Ridge, some fourteen miles west of Orange Walk Town along the San Antonio Road. It was his livelihood; the source of income for him and his wife, who live adjacent to the shop, located next to the park. But on Thursday afternoon, as he sat on a stool inside the shop, the unthinkable would happen. Pol was being robbed by two young men who targeted the elderly man around two-thirty p.m.

 

Mardonia Blanco, Daughter of Murder Victim

“I think that these two persons they came to buy because they usually buy cigarettes. That’s my opinion; I did not see it but that’s what I think. he was bawling and then they went and tell my brother and then my brother came. But my sister-in-law sent to tell my other sister and my niece came running. She came first and found my dad in there lying on the ground. They had tied the rope on his feet and a sweater. And then she stat to talk to my dad and my dad told her that it was with a machete. But we do not think it is a machete; we think it is a knife.”

 

The robbery turned murder within minutes. Pol’s feet were bound with his sweater, a small cushion stuffed in his mouth and a towel tied around his neck. His daughter Mardonia Blanco says that he had been beaten to the face and body; and there were scratches on his arm which showed that he put up a fight with his attackers. A ‘beladora’ inside the shop marks the spot where Pol laid bleeding profusely after he was cut multiple times to the head. Pol was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, but died within an hour, just after four p.m.

 

Mardonia Blanco

Mardonia Blanco

“In the face; I am not so sure what side, but he has a cut on the face. His mouth hurt and eye and one on the head too. That’s what they say because I never see that but that’s what my brother says they found at the hospital. What they said was they had blood coming out from the ears and all his body has bruises.”

 

Duane Moody

“So they beat him before they cut him?”

 

Mardonia Blanco

“I think so. I think so because he should have those bruises on his body. And I think they were taking off his watch because they didn’t move his watch. He had the watch on his hand but all scratch up his hands.”

 

It is a most despicable crime against an elderly man and the family is upset because while there was little that the robbers could get, they didn’t have to kill him.

 

Mardonia Blanco

“That’s a shame. I think that’s a shame because he is an old man of ninety years and they didn’t have to do what they did. That’s what I say; it is a shame for them. They could just maybe push him to make him drop down and they could take what they want and go, but they didn’t have to hurt him what they did. That’s what we can’t take. If they wanted to rob, they can take the money, take everything that they want and go but not hurt him. That’s what we feel too much what happened.”

 

The incident happened just as students were heading home from school and the perpetrators, identified as two young men from Guinea Grass Village, were seen fleeing the scene. According to the family, they were spotted in the village three days prior to the attack on Pol. Quick response from resident led to the detention of one the perpetrators, a minor, sometime after five that same day.

 

Mardonia Blanco

“We heard that about a seven year old girl said that she came to buy a chips and she went, but when she was going, she saw the two men coming in. and my sister-in-law came that same time and buy and that’s when the man told my sister-in-law what time they have bus and she told them that she don’t know. But she says that she see something rare on my father. But she didn’t think something could happen.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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