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Jan 11, 2019

Belize City Cabbie Stabbed Multiple Times; Woman in Custody

Stephen Leiva

A Belize City man was stabbed multiple times this morning and left for dead. Forty-three-year-old taxi driver Stephen Leiva was set up by a woman he knows.  The woman went to his house near Bel China Bridge and asked to use his bathroom and when Leiva opened his door, two women and a man attacked him. According to the family, the man held down Leiva, while the other woman stabbed him several times. He is hospitalized in a serious but stable condition.  Reporter Andrea Polanco was on the story today to find out why Leiva was almost killed and who wanted him dead.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

When he heard a knock on his door just before one this morning – forty-three-year-old taxi operator Stephen Leiva could have never imagined that there were three persons outside who wanted him dead. A young woman told Leiva that she wanted to use the restroom – and because he knew her he opened the door and she entered – but a man and a woman who was armed with a knife were lying in wait outside in this alleyway. They made a brutal attack on his life just outside of his door – where he was stabbed repeatedly. The blood stained concrete is what’s left behind on the scene after the attempt on Leiva’s life.

 

Richard Leiva, Brother of Stabbing Victim

“He mi deh inna his room and the gial knock. He has a lot of friends and the gial said that she wanted to use bathroom and when he open up dah then they attacked him. He said that the bally hold ah and then they start stab ah up inna ih neck.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, two women and a man?”

 

Richard Leiva

“Yes, two women and a man. Wah man.”

 

Richard Leiva

Andrea Polanco

“So, he received stab wounds to which part of the body?”

 

Richard Leiva

“The chest and back of his neck.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Many stab wounds?”

 

Richard Leiva

“Yes. And his hand bruk. They broke his hand too.”

 

And after they beat up and stabbed Stephen Leiva multiple times. The trio reportedly ransacked inside his room. His brother says the motive of the attack was robbery. The family says police have detained and are questioning the young woman who asked to use the restroom.

 

Andrea Polanco

“He knows why they attacked him? He had a problem with these persons?”

 

Richard Leiva

“No dah just that he say they come rob ah. Dah rob deh come rob ah. Deh mi think he mi dead and he see deh di search his room and thing.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you know if they took anything from his room?”

 

Richard Leiva

“Yes. He mi got money and deh tek his money yes.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And he doesn’t know these persons – or he recognized one of them?”

 

Richard Leiva

“He knows one of them, yes, he knows one of them and that’s the person they have hold right now di talk. He knows the young gial and they have her hold.”

 

Stephen Leiva is hospitalized in a serious condition. His family says this attempt on his life is shocking and unwarranted.

 

Richard Leiva

“He just dedicate himself to his kids and back and forth. He hustle his taxi and thing and that is it.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, I imagine that you were surprised that something like this happened to him?”

 

Richard Leiva

“Yes. I just hear it this morning.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Is he doing any surgery or anything like that?”

 

Richard Leiva

“Yes he’s going for a surgery right now. He come out ah one and he needs to do an x-ray because I just come from there.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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