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Aug 9, 2017

Shopkeeper Robbed in Lords’ Bank

Veris Ventura

A duo believed to have been involved in an armed robbery in the Lord’s Bank area, Ladyville were arraigned this afternoon in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. A third man remains at large.  Steve Ferrel, a Belize City construction worker and Veris Ventura, who is originally from Hopkins Village, appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford and were charged for robbery with a firearm. On Monday morning, three brazen armed men entered Brothers’ Store. They demanded money and one of them hit businesswoman Chun Mei Liu, on the head with a gun, and proceeded to rob her of an assortment of items.   All three assailants later ran out the store, but were detained by police minutes after the robbery.  Ferrel was caught in a busy area of Lord’s Bank.  His arrest was followed by that of Ventura, who was picked up at his Belize City home on Peter’s Street. A resident recounts the frightening ordeal in the quiet community.

 

Steve Ferrel

Voice of: Witness

“Three young man come from around the corner with gun, came in, hold up the Chiney lady. She was on her phone and when she looked up, the gun was already in her face. She grabbed the gun and she start to fight with the other while the next one di try open the door to get into the back. She fought with them and shub them out and the shubbing made her get whap in the head. They buss her head and knocked her in her forehead. And one of them run around got money, maybe less than three hundred dollars and they run out, but they had already hit her in the head. She fought and hollered for people to call the police so they got frightened because they are young boys; they are only like eighteen years old. So they got afraid and ran as quickly as they could. They called the police and they got them…quick response from the police and they got one of them in no time and the other one they caught in the bushes in the back.”

 

Reporter

“Was there in fact a shootout between the police and the young men?”

 

Voice of: Witness

“Yes, there was. The inspector said that they shoot at them so they returned fire So there was a lot of shooting.”

 

Reporter

“Did anyone around here hear those shots?”

 

Voice of: Witness

“Yes we did hear it from the back.”

 

Reporter

“About how many would you say?”

 

Voice of: Witness

“About fifteen gunshots, but it sound more like the police gun cause it was loud; it was big gun.”

 

Residents in the area say that they are very concerned because the vicinity is where the buses leave from the community and children as well as commuters are normally in the area waiting for the public transportation. They say that there is need for more patrols from the police in the area to avert any criminal activity.

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