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Nov 6, 2018

Third Man Arraigned for Murder of PC Osbourne Martinez

Tarique Myles

As the family of Police Constable Osborne Martinez prepares to lay him to rest this Saturday, a third member of the PIV gang was arraigned for his murder. Tarique Myles is the last of a trio to face murder charges. Martinez was killed in the line of duty when he was shot to the chest as he opened the door of Marlin’s Restaurant and Bar. He succumbed soon after while undergoing surgery. Myles along with Glen Lopez and Rayford Mejia were apprehended on the scene on Regent Street West and were taken to court on Monday. News Five’s Duane Moody has the details of the court proceedings for Myles.

 

Glen Lopez & Rayford Mejia

Duane Moody, Reporting

Tarique Myles is the third suspect charged jointly along nineteen-year-old Rayford Mejia and twenty-one-year-old Glen Lopez for the murder of Police Constable Osbourne Martinez. Today, after spending four days at the K.H.M.H. recovering from a gunshot wound to the right thigh, which he sustained during a shootout with the police last Friday, the eighteen-year-old Tibruce Street resident was brought to the courthouse in Belize City. Almost three hours later, around two-forty-five p.m., he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford for a slew of charges including murder, the robbery of two cell phones, a chain, a bag and cash as well as for kept unlicensed gun and ammunition for a nine millimetre pistol and six live Aguila brand rounds retrieved from the scene.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Police arrested and charged Tarique Myles, Rayford Mejia and Glen Lopez—all of them from the PIV area, Saint Martin’s area. They were charged jointly for the crime of murder and three counts jointly of robbery. The items that were stolen from the persons at the establishment were found in their possession when they were searched at the location of Belcove Hotel.”

 

Osbourne Martinez

The incident occurred just after ten on November second as three officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at Belcove Hotel. The thieves then entered Marlin’s Restaurant and Bar and within minutes shot PC Martinez to the ribcage as he pushed open the door to the restaurant. Martinez died at the K.H.M.H.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) [File: November 5th, 2018]

“When they got there, the officers alighted the vehicle and approached the establishment and opened the door. And as PC Martinez opened the door, he was fired upon and that was it. The quick reaction of the officers that were there as well as those who were in the boat from San Pedro who were across at Bottom Dolla again was significant in the apprehension of the three suspects. We know that after they were fired upon by the officers from San Pedro, they dropped their weapons in the river. We managed to recover one and the coastguard recovered the other and the suspects were detained along with their weapons.”

 

In court today, Myles told Senior Magistrate Ford that several officers, whose names are unknown to him, threatened to kill him in the wake of the murder of one of their own. He was advised to make a formal complaint to the Professional Standards Branch of the Police Department. No plea was taken and Myles was remanded to the Central Prison where he joins his co-accused, Mejia and Lopez. They are all to return to court on January eighth, 2019. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

This evening, the Ministry of National Security issued a statement on the death of PC Martinez. After offering condolences to his family, the ministry states that the death of any law enforcement officer is a tragedy for the community they serve. It also notes that the details of Martinez’s death remind us of the danger and uncertainty that all police officers face as they work to protect our communities.

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