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Aug 2, 2017

Guatemalan Businessman Robbed and Murdered in City over Weekend

Josue Arizarieta

The robbery of a Guatemalan businessman went under the radar until it turned murder forty-eight hours later. The thirty-nine-year-old businessman who was robbed and shot early on Saturday morning, perished at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and tonight police are looking for a suspect. Josue Ambrocio Arizarieta was with another Guatemalan national, Walter Lopez, on Western Ave heading towards the George Price Highway when they were attacked and robbed of four hundred dollars by an armed man.   Arizarieta, however, fought off his attacker and would pay with his life.  Police say the suspect is five-feet nine inches in height and bears a goatee. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Officers of the Crime Investigation Branch of Eastern Division South, Belize City are tonight asking the public for help in locating the murder suspect in the most recent homicide in the Old Capital. On Saturday morning, Guatemalan national Josue Arizarieta was shot multiple times by an armed robber in the vicinity of the Lord Ridge Cemetery on the George Price Highway. The thirty-nine-year-old was walking along with his close friend, Guatemalan national forty-five-year-old Walter Lopez, from Western Avenue and then on to the highway heading towards Central American Boulevard when they were approached by two dark men armed with a gun.

 

Roberto Novelo

Sgt. Roberto Novelo, CIB, Eastern Division South

“Around ten-thirty or thereabout police got information of someone with gunshot wounds at the K.H.M.H. As a result the police responded where they learnt that Josue Arizarieta was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial hospital with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and leg. As a result police visited the George Price Highway where by the Lord [Ridge] Cemetery they found a nine mm expended shell and a slug.”

 

Arizarieta succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning, two days after the incident. A postmortem was conducted on Tuesday afternoon and this evening, with the assistance from the Guatemalan Embassy, his body was transported back to his country. Today, Lopez declined providing an interview to the media, but police say while both men were robbed of their cash and belongings, Arizarieta resisted and it ended with him being shot.

 

Sgt. Roberto Novelo

“Josue Arizarieta was along with another Guatemalan by the name of Walter Lopez. They were walking on George Price Highway towards the Central American Boulevard when they were approached by a dark complexion male person of slim built who was armed with a firearm and demanded their cell phone and money and Mister Arizarieta resisted by struggling with the gunman during which time he was injured to the abdomen and his left leg.”

 

According to police the men had recently arrived in Belize on a business trip and were staying at the Caribbean Hotel on the Philip Goldson Highway. So what were they doing in that area of the city? And were they being monitored by the robber turn murderer?

 

Sgt. Roberto Novelo

“They are salesmen for a company in Guatemala. They were actually doing a survey of prices for cement to do business.”

 

Reporter

“Is this the first time that they were in the country?”

 

Sgt. Roberto Novelo

“I don’t have that information at this time.”

 

Josue Arizarieta

Duane Moody

“Are police looking at the possibility that these men were being watched, given the fact that they were going around looking at prices for cement? This person would know that they would be carrying this amount of money on them?”

 

Sgt. Roberto Novelo

“The police believe that these people were being watched as they were walking and I guess that they saw that these guys are not from Belize City; they dressed unique and they could know that they are foreigners and as a result they were targeted.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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