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Aug 14, 2017

Cop Catches Rapist in Maya Center

While the police department is reeling from a string of infractions conducted by its own, one officer is being commended tonight for apprehending an alleged rapist over the weekend.  The incident happened near Maya Center Village in South Stann Creek where a woman was sexually assaulted after hitching a ride with a motorist at the Hopkins junction.  The woman reported to police that after passing her stop, the man continued to an area of Maya Center where he proceeded to rape her.  When she was able to escape her attacker, the victim immediately reported the incident to police who responded to the area of the assault.  When they encountered the alleged culprit, he attempted to flee the scene on his motorcycle, prompting the responding officer to fire a shot to immobilize the motorbike.  The bullet instead caught the alleged rapist in the foot, disabling both him and the motorcycle.  Today, ACP Chester Williams said that despite the heroic act on the part of the officer, the incident is still being investigated to determine whether justifiable force was used to apprehend the attacker.

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Professional Standards Branch

“A female had reported to the police that she had caught a ride with an individual from Hopkins junction to take her to Maya Center.  And upon reaching Maya Center, the individual passed the village, despite being signaled to stop, as the young lady realized that she had reached her destination.  The individual then took her to a feeder road where he allegedly had sexual intercourse with her against her will.  She managed to escape from the individual and went to notify the police.  The police immediately responded to the area with the female and upon getting there, they saw the said individual as he was pointed out to the police by the female.  This individual is a male person, Pop.  The police signaled the individual to stop and sought to place the person under arrest and the person insisted on fleeing from the police.  The police then used his issued firearm and fired one single shot with the intention of disabling the motorcycle.  He eventually caught the person on the foot, as well as disabling the motorcycle and took the person into custody.  That person is currently in police custody awaiting to be charged with the crime of rape.  I must that the police officer in question did act bravely in trying to apprehend the individual; nonetheless, there is still an internal investigation just to ascertain that the level of force used was justified by law.  And that investigation is ongoing and as soon as we have determined whether or not there is justification then that information will be released to the media.  But at this time, the police officer is still on active duty and we commend him for the good work, in terms of ensuring that the individual who had raped this young lady was caught and in custody.”

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1 Response for “Cop Catches Rapist in Maya Center”

  1. Marwaione says:

    He used unnecessary force, he could have chase him in the vehicle then on foot. Anyways he committed a crime and cannot escape it. Lucky bullet caught his foot. Lol

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