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Mar 2, 2011

Three cops awarded by U.S. for capturing America’s Most Wanted

In recent times Belize has become a haven for US fugitives. Many have been captured and handed over to the United States; in fact, Belize places second globally among the countries that have sent back the highest number of fugitives. Two celebrated cases are the arrests of Robert Snyder and Derrick Yancey. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports on an award given to police officers, who played a role to capture America’s Most Wanted.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Constable Nervin Veliz, Sergeant Sherwood Wade and Corporal Robert Martinez were honored with the U.S. Marshals Service Award for Investigative Excellence because they captured Patrick Brown, one of America’s Most Wanted Fugitives in February 2010. The Minister of Police explained how Brown was captured.

Doug Singh

Doug Singh, Minister of Police

“I think that quick thinking in recognizing the individual who was about to get on a boat to head off to Guatemala and I believe he had in his possession what might have been a fake Costa Rican passport because it had another name on it—that the quick thinking and the actions of the officers I think definitely contributed to him being captured and facing justice at the end of the day and we congratulate you for that.”

Vinai Thummalapally, U.S. Ambassador

Vinai Thummalapally

“Last year, the US Marshalls Service presented awards to forty law enforcement officers from more than ten countries around the world at the Twelfth Annual International Fugitive Investigators Conference in Toronto, Canada. Three of those officers are here today with us, recipients of these awards. We’re honored to have them here today. We are grateful for all their hard work and proud of their recognition by the Marshall Service. The fugitive that they helped to capture was wanted for stabbing a man to death in Boston back in 1995 and was hiding in southern Belize. However, with the help of the community and these police officers, Patrick Brown was brought to justice. He pled guilty and now faces a mandatory life sentence in prison. Last year alone, fourteen fugitives were returned to the United States with Belize ranking number 2 worldwide in fugitive returns.”

Belize used to be American fugitives best kept secret.  But the truth is exposed as even John Walsh, the host of America’s Most Wanted was obligated to film an episode in Belize.

John Walsh

John Walsh, Host, America’s Most Wanted (File: February 3rd, 2009)

“I’m here to celebrate a great capture. I’ve been looking for a convicted child molester named Robert Snyder for years. He fled from the United States. He was a chess teacher and he molested several boys and he fled the United States and we found out that he came here to Belize. I’ve caught fugitives all over the world. They go to a smaller country and think that they can hide; they can melt away into society. I think Miguel Segura said it best, the Assistant Commissioner, he said this sends a message to fugitives who think they can hide in Belize. They can run here but they can’t hide. I’m John Walsh and I’m here in Belize because the Belize Police helped me take down an international fugitive. Watch America’s Most Wanted right here on Channel Five.”

Belize, often described as the perfect getaway, is anything but that for American fugitives. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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7 Responses for “Three cops awarded by U.S. for capturing America’s Most Wanted”

  1. rod says:

    this is good but this american ambassador to belize has done absoutely nothing for belize because he has no experience in world affairs he was the owner of some small business in colorado and because he donated alot of money to obamas campaign he was given this job he has done nothing of any worth to help the country of belize .

  2. Bruce says:

    Well done gentleman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. soldier says:

    whats worst is that the belize government is a COMUNIST GOVERNMENT-and those 2 mafias in power get our tax payer$$$$ from over here.

  4. MADDYVANDIJK/DEREALIST says:

    Although the arresting officers did not have to go the extra miles, or put their lives at risk in order to capture the American fugitives, it is a breath of fresh air to finally read something positive about Belizean/Belize, I’m sure the recipients of these awards

    Are still baffled by this as to whether they actually deserve the award or not. Nevertheless, Belize got some positive feedback and now they can wallow in it, for now.
    All I can hope for now is that when an American commits a crime Belize he is sentence in Belize for his crime, and not sent back to America to live a free American.

  5. concerned citizen says:

    Well in my opinion Belizeans feel like everyone who comes here should help in country in some way what about Belizeans helping the country. Learn your facts before saying that things go to the US Embassy website and you’ll learn some things.

  6. Elgin Martinez says:

    Hello John Walsh: Who will capture the American Lady that took our Belizean kids hostage?

  7. Intaffering Mary says:

    good JOB!!!!! congrats to theBelize police Department,on such hard work in capturing US Fugitives.Just wish they would put the same effort in capturing the worthless criminals in Belize that is running right under their nose”oh i forgot they are Worth_LESS”.The money or what so ever help they recieve i hope they invest into a witness protection program,or a better forensic lab so it can help them solve the crime issues in Belize.Oh Land of the free and Home of BS and corruption.

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