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Jun 30, 1998

Assault victim dies, suspect arrested in O.W.

One suspect has been arrested and the charge will likely be murder… as the man he allegedly attacked has died in a Chetumal hospital. According to Orange Walk police one of a group of men who allegedly raped a twenty-one year old woman and killed her eighteen year old friend, Salvadoran Roberto Herbert, was arrested this morning after an intense investigation. The couple was stopped early Sunday morning by five men, armed with machetes, while they were driving down the Chan Pine Ridge Road. They were abducted and taken to the Goat Hill area where the woman was raped by all five attackers and locked in the trunk of the car. Herbert was severely beaten and left near the side of the road. The woman later escaped and sought help from the police who visited the scene and rushed Herbert to the Orange Walk Town Hospital. He was later transferred to Chetumal in critical condition where he died while receiving medical attention this morning. Police are still looking for the four other alleged rapists and murderers. The officer in charge of the Orange Walk Police Station has declined to release the name of the arrested suspect until he has been formally charged.

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