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Dec 7, 2011

Urbina Family targeted by Foreign Thugs

Rosendo "Chendo" Urbina Jr.

Well-known Orange Walk businessman, Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina Junior was ambushed and held at gunpoint as he exited his gated estate on Sunday.  This evening, Urbina and his immediate family, left the country on a late flight bound for the US following Sunday night’s assault. Urbina is the son of former ambassador of Belize to Mexico, Rosendo ‘Chendo’ Urbina Senior who is currently the U.D.P. standard bearer for Orange Walk South. The facts are that shortly after six o’clock Urbina, co-owner of the A&R chain, and his wife Becky, were attacked by a group of armed men at the entrance to their exclusive compound in the Honey Camp area of Orange Walk. The couple was held at gunpoint for an unspecified period of time during which they were threatened and intimidated by a team of five men dressed in army fatigue; the mastermind spoke with a foreign Hispanic accent. The gunmen demanded a huge ransom, reported to be a million dollars. The vehicle the Urbinas were traveling in was stolen by the armed gunmen. Calls to their numerous cell phones went unanswered today but an intensive police investigation is ongoing. Late this evening Minister of Police Doug Singh, along with Head of CIB Miguel Segura, addressed the media on the investigation.

Doug Singh, Minister of Police

“There was an incident that occurred on Sunday night after six o’clock at the Honey Camp Lagoon Area that involved Rosendo Urbina Jr. and his wife at his family’s residence there when they were leaving and it occurred just at the gate as they were leaving. It was an unfortunate event and I will ask Head of CIB, Mister Segura, to give you the details as to the events that transpired.”

Miguel Segura

Miguel Segura, Head of CIB

“The scenario unfolded at around, just after six p.m. Sunday the fourth of December and actually the opportunity that the assailants took was upon when Chendo Jr. and his wife were exiting the gate that a group of people wearing camouflages and masked approached them and held onto his wife as he was opening the gate and then they held onto Chendo Jr and they put them facing the wall and there was a series of interrogations. During that sequence of events these people were asking questions, they were consulting amongst themselves—so there was no commander control amongst them. So from there our analysis, based on experience we knew how the type of people operating that field there. Eventually they searched the watchman premises, they even took a vehicle from there that they eventually used to escape. That vehicle was later recovered the other day on one of the feeder roads. At the time a phone number was requested from Chendo Urbina whereby he was told that they wanted an X amount of money by a certain time. Immediately we started to advice Urbina that these people based on how they were working, they were more intimidating him, but there was no bargaining chip neither here so we advised him; listen do not pay. And from there we started to initiate our own investigation internally in terms to reaching these people involved.”

Isani Cayetano

“I’m not sure how factual this bit of information is but we made to understand that this may have something to be with the Zetas Cartels operating out of Mexico. Can you say whether or not that is a possibility?”

Miguel Segura

“The information; if you look at our borders, our borders are porous. Of course people may want to use that also to intimidate people. As it may be, we are not ruling it out but will look at how they operate in the arena. So we are not ruling it out, but at the same time other people utilize it to intimidate people to instill that fear in them. But that does not mean we will rule it out because similar MOs are used in Belizean immigrants that go en route to the U.S. where certain people then kidnap them hold them hostage and call their families to extort monies and they will say that they are from the Zetas Cartel, when they are not from the Zetas Cartel but there are some little pockets of gangs operating in Tamalipas—we’ve had that experience before. So answering your question; yes the information may come out that lot of people using the name to instill fear. We are not ruling it out. So we look at all of these angles.

Doug Singh

Isani Cayetano

“I’m not sure again how closer this information si to what you guys have ascertained to this point, but we were made to understand that there was a significant ransom in the area of about a million dollars.”

Miguel Segura

“Based on the police experience on how people operate—looking at Mexico and other countries—they made a big substantial amount. These people didn’t have a bargaining chip—they could make any demand. The point we want to send is that we would not condone or ask people to pay this money because Belize is a small country; we know each other and there is technology and I think the benefits of registering sims is beneficial in these types of cases. But any demands could have been made in the respect of millions. But then can the people meet these demands? So you know what’s the next party that you are dealing with.”

Isani Cayetano

“Finally, on my end, I know you guys mentioned that you were keeping the investigation tightlipped initially to avoid contamination by the media and what have you, but my understanding is that there wasn’t an official report filed on this particular incident. Can you explain as to why this was so?”

Doug Singh

“In fact there was a report filed—the report was not put in the official records for the very fact that we live in a place where information gets out. And if we are going to conduct an investigation in something as serious as this—we’ve read in the newspapers of the kind of extortion and ransoms that are asked for in neighboring countries and how those end up—this is not what we want in Belize. We need to ensure that these kind of activities do not take root in Belize and do not succeed in Belize. We wanted to ensure that our investigation would go unhindered and that we can get as much information as possible.”

The family has since offered a reward of fifty thousand dollars for any information leading to the capture of the group of men.

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7 Responses for “Urbina Family targeted by Foreign Thugs”

  1. Kasandra says:

    Like DUH the drug dealers came for their drugs….A&R is pure coverup!

  2. Alberto says:

    Belize (especially the Northern Districts) are used as a haven for Drug Lords who traffick with drugs across the boarder . Belizean Laws are weak in many aspects, there is no proper (100%) procedure of knowing where each investor is getting the money they are bringing into the country. As long as they keep bringing it and developing the country right MINISTERS!, as long as money is involved, lets protect them right. Those in the position of enforcing the law, many of the ministers included are all in the same pot. The Zetas might start coming in to pluck those who are crooked and have worked with them in the past or are rivals in the market. Since our Belizean Authorities keep doing nothing (and getting well paid for that) what will happen is what we have seen in all our neighbouring countries, sky rocketing criminal activities. In the end, you know what the Law Abiding Citezens do, they organize them selves, form groups and start cleaning the streets. It is happening in other countries, they kill those who are doing mischief. As we know, lessons not learnt in Blood are easily forgotten. Power to the People, Power in the stuggle!

  3. suga city says:

    Are You serious? Everyone in Orange walk knows that Chendo Urbina and his family are involved in drugs. Thats the only reason why the escalated so rapidly in a few time. A and R is a big time cover up. Do u even remember how A&R looked back then? Chendo even has a big mansion in the honey camp lagoon with a big fence so enormous. The fense itself costs about quarter thousand dollars. they even went to the point of builinng the fence right thrrough the lagoon. doesnt that sound fishy? It sure does for me.

  4. CEO says:

    iT IS NOT DIFFICULT TO FIGURE OUT WHO IS INVOLVED WITH DRUGS AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES. IF THE LIFE STYLE YOU LIVE IS ABOVE YOUR LEAGL LEVEL OF INCOME THE REST GOT TO BE ILL GOTTEN GAINS.

    oNE CRITERIA TO SEEK ELLECTED OFFICE SHOULD BE TO FULLY DISCLOSE YOUR INCOME AND BANKING RECORDS.

  5. andrey says:

    There 4persons commenting above are the regular ignorant ego Belizeans that once a person starts going up the ladder they will try to bombard them and throw different acusations at them. The Urbinas are people who since early started small and now they succeeded but it took many years like usual. If they would’ve started like last year then you would have factual acusations at them they have been striving for many years ago. I think you should all be pointing fingers that all the Hindus and chineese that they are the real cover up in this country. Ask yourselves abou the Musas, the Fonsecas, those who climbed the ladder so quickly in a minimum of 5 years.

  6. love and peace says:

    there is a saying what you do here you pay here. if u do bad deeds do not feel thatit will go fine with you. IF THIS URBINA WAS DEALING WITH DRUG THE OUTCOME WILL BE BAD. HE CAME HERE TO THE US FEELING THAT IT WILL BE FINE. THERE IS MANY PEOPLE THAT GOT KILLED IN BELIZE BECAUSE OF DRUG. BUT MISTER MINISTER IF YOU GOT GOOD INVESTIGATOR THEY WILL FIND WHO ARE CULPRIT. THE GOV OF BELIZE NEED TO MBRING GOOD IDEAS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF BELIZE BE SAFE. BETTER POLICING BETTER DETECTIVE BETTER COMMUNICATION AND ALSO MOBELITY . IT COME WITH GOOD MORAL AND VALUE TO SERVE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TOO U HAVE TO EDUCATE ALL POLICEMEN. MAKE EDUCATION ONE OF MAIN PRIOTIES LIKE FOR EXAMPLE MAKE HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION. THIS WILL ENABLE THEM TO BE A BETTER POLICEMEN.

  7. Bingo Lingo says:

    wHen de cUme Get Others
    He is making a tom of money in the north from drugs.

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