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Jun 20, 2012

Bert Vasquez charged for murder; several minors come forward

Bert Vasquez

This afternoon, Bert Vasquez was finally brought out of the police station for arraignment. The crowd descended immediately in front of the police station; the police pleaded for patience and formed a shield to secure the area. The air was thick with tension as the demonstrators chanted for justice. Vasquez was whisked away to the nearby magistrate court, escorted by police officers.   The charge was read, the proceedings were swift and behind closed doors. The police addressed the media after the arraignment and Freelance reporter Duane Moody has that report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The numbers grew even more in the afternoon when the alleged murderer of Jasmine Lowe was taken to the magistrate’s court. Twenty-eight year old businessman, Bert Vasquez, who also goes by the name Bert Haylock, was charged with the single charge of murder just before two-thirty this afternoon.

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, O.C., San Ignacio Formation

“Since his apprehension, we had a total of eleven girls so far and just prior to coming to this press conference, another came in. So we still have people coming in making complaints. We have already. Conducted several identification parades in relation to those complaints, but we do not want to appear to be moving haphazardly. We want to be properly organized. So what we did today was basically arraign him for the charge of murder; which is the most serious of all charges that he’ll be getting.  We have several factors that led us to the arrest of Bert Vasquez; as I said, I am confident that we have enough that we could secure a conviction at the end. I will not go into specificity with details because I don’t want to try the case on the media, but I can clearly state that we have sufficient evidence that I believe can render a conviction for this matter. And the fact that the arrest has been made does not mean that the investigation has come to an end. I am positively sure that we have the person we are looking for in connection with Jasmine Lowe’s murder and investigation in this matter will continue until we can get as much as we can. We can never have too much evidence.”

 

But Vasquez is no stranger to the courts; his rap sheet includes several charges from attempted rape to kidnapping, aggravated assault and more. Since his arrest, at least eleven female minors have come forward, claiming Vasquez offered them money to get into his vehicle.

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“Since last week, we have been receiving a number of complaints from young girls from within the community complaining that this vehicle was around town trying to pick them up—offering them money in order for them two get into his vehicle. And hopefully by tomorrow morning, we will be able to arraign him in relation to what is so far eleven counts of various degrees of charges from common assault to unlawful imprisonment to aggravated assault. It will be dependent on the nature of the complaint received from these complainants. So far we have done ten identification parades and in all these I.D. parades, these females have positively identified Bert Vasquez as the driver of the vehicle on the day in question when the vehicle attempted to pick them up for money.”

 

Vasquez will be arraigned for the additional charges against the female minors by Thursday. He will then be transported to the Central Prison in relation to the charge of murder. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Vasquez is remanded until trial on August fourteenth.

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31 Responses for “Bert Vasquez charged for murder; several minors come forward”

  1. melida says:

    i just hope that this time the law dont let loose a man like that because he dont deserve no kind of mercy nor freedom for what he have done no one has the right to take anyone life and worst if it was a young life who did not know much of life

  2. MADDYVANDIJKDEREALISTO says:

    After the flimsy conviction the people will regret not lynching this monster.

    Criminals and murders get away with their crimes and murders in Belize too often; life in prison is not an option.

  3. Rod says:

    No less than hanging will be acceptable if the gov.of Belize mess this upthistime then you will have to take things in your own hands hang him hang him high.

  4. Phillybelizean says:

    I would not waste time with him so happy an for the mom an dad may the lord help u all

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    It’s ironic how the media keep stressing on the fact that this predator is a business man and yet they don’t disclose anything about this predator’s criminal history to the public.What kind of business is he runing a child molesting business.If he owns any computer the Police Department need to confiscate his hard drives.

  6. mankind says:

    THE PATTERN THAT HE USE’S BY ASKING THESE LITTLE GIRLS TO SHOW HIM CERTAIN PLACES ,AND HE PLAYS LIKE HE IS LOST IN THAT CAR IN A SMALL PLACE LIKE CAYO,SHOW’S THAT HE IS A PREMEDITATED PREDATORIAL PREDETOR WHO THINKS AND PLAN HIS EVERY MOVE ON THESE YOUNG GIRLS. I DO BELIEVE THAT HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT YOUNG GIRL ( SARAGOSA ). HE HAS A PATTERN OF STRIKING ON MOSTLY HISPANIC YOUNG WOMENS, AND TO ADD THE LITTLE GIRL IN LADYVILLE TOO,I DID TIME IN HATTIVILLE PRISON AND WITNESS SOME BRUTAL STABBINGS AND THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE I WOULD HAVE ORGANIZE ON THIS PIECE OF SCUM PERSONA ME TO TEARS , THIS GUY BRINGS ME TO TEARS AND I JUST IMAGINE WHAT THOSE MANY YOUNG GIRLS WENT THROUGH AT THEIR FINAL MOMENTS WITH HIM GOD KNOWS.THIS HE BEEN DOING FOR A LONG TIME , MAY GOD GIVE ME THE WILL TO MEET HIM ONE DAY,TO B REAL THIS GUY JUST LOVE VIRGINS.IN AMERICA HE WOULD NEVER BEAT A CASE LIKE THIS ,WE NEED TO SEND AN INTERNATIONAL PERSECUTOR TO CLAMP HIM AWAY OR HANG OR EXECUTE HIM THIS IS A CASE TO PUT CRIME TO AN END.

  7. mankind says:

    I BET HE IS A SINGLE MAN,THE DEVIL HAS HIS SOLE IN HIS HANDS.

  8. The Truth says:

    Bet u a million dollars he’ll walk free… This dude a big freemasonry. His lodge brothers wont leave him there….. yesterday morning he was posting stuff on his facebook page… He being behind bars n waiting to be taken to court still had access to his phone with internet. Just best they kill him…

  9. Greeneyez says:

    His safest days are in prison!

  10. Al says:

    A beautiful little girl with so much life was taken because of a deviant mind. This suspect had just killed one little girl and was looking for another, he was so confident that he was not going to be caught that he just went on with his ugly plans. Please do not let this man get out of this charge, I call on the police to do all they can to protect the evidence, keep it under lock and key so it does not disappear as in other cases. People of Belize begin to lobby sor the death penalty.

  11. Tropical says:

    It is not the first time he has being charged with abduction, rape, aggravated assault etc. So the pervert was let lose the first time just to continue abducting these minor female, rape them and what murder them. Come on police lock this fool up for good because he only going to do the same thing over and over if he gets out back again. They need to do a thorough search at his home. Look through his computer and other things . Most pervert keep something of a victim as there prize. Also they shouldn’t even let him have access to computer or a phone in prison/jail. He in prison/jail and posting stuff on Facebook via mobile. Come on we don’t know if he has an accomplice. Check his phone, texts MSG and his Facebook.

  12. blackberry says:

    The justice system has failed us. With the length of this guy rap sheet his bones should be white in prison. He is a sick person that should never enter the streets of Belize again. The sad part is he may well get away as I do not see any evidence of a motive, witness to the murder or a murder weapon which are essential for a conviction.

  13. now i see says:

    @ mankind I will also pray that someone like you find this animal. What he did has no name. Mr and Mrs Lowe be strong because you will be able to see what this animal deserve. I dont believe in hell or heaven i think that we make our own hell or heaven so, whatever we have to pay we pay it here.

  14. Concerned says:

    The police should be charged along with him. He was driving around Belize. With tinted windows. How come the police did not impound his vehicle for the windows being tinted. This was against the laws!!! The police and traffice officer should not have allowed this vehicle to be driven!!!

    Belize passed a law that a car should have a specific shade of tint. In which this man’s vehicle seems to have a darker shade of tint. Which no one was able to see inside his vehicle.

    He need his vehicle to be tinted dark. To cover his victims to do what he wants with them.

  15. Concerned Belizean says:

    It’s great that someone is brought to justice for the senseless killing of the young lady jasmine. However, I just hope that all this is just not a show for police officers and other corrupted Belizeans to claim the reward offered by jasmine’s father. Belize and its people are in debts hence the reason some will do anything to get money. Even if it’s arrest anyone and fabricate lies which then leads up2 different charges. I hope we know what we are doing. Wake up Belizeans

  16. islander says:

    Is “Concerned Belizean” blind or is he related to this scumbag?

    Fabricating lies is one thing but being pointed out by 11 different young girls is a whole different story.

    If it was only one or two little girls pointing out the perp I can see your logic, but being that its 11 of them pointing him out I would say you are delusional at best.

    If there is any justice in this world, this scumbag will be raped and executed in prison. But being that the Hattiville prison is not what it should be they will protect him and quite possibly even build him a jacuzzi”.

    We not only need to take back our BTL, BEL but also OUR PRISON…and make it into what it should be…..as it stands the “Colbe facility” is more of a recreational place than a prison.

  17. Storm says:

    I strongly favour using the legal system to get justice, and hanging ALL murderers. In this case, I would volunteer to serve as hangman.

    I hope Supt. Williams makes sure the case is done by the book, so no lying lawyer can find a flaw to walk a guilty man free. From what is reported, the case looks strong, if nobody “gets to” the witnesses and their memories.

    But I have to confess impatience, and that I am fighting fantasies of sudden street justice, like a sniper taking him out when he walked into court, or another inmate finishing him off in custody — maybe by beating him to death with the phone that Kolbe apparently lets him keep on remand! Kolbe has the best guards money can buy, and that’s the problem. I’d like to see BDF run our prison, with strict military discipline.

    Justice for Jasmine!

  18. lp says:

    thank God this animal was caught. We belizeans need to stand up for justice and talk to our children before a crime like this happes again. Parents need to talk to their children and have close communication with them.

  19. cayoking20 says:

    he shouid be lucky the people off cayo didn’t get a hold of him…but best believe he is gonna get a piece of his own medicine in Florida ( Belize central prison). An that guy can not be a Belizean by birth…he need to be hung an used as an example.

    cayoking
    brooklynn NY.

  20. cante says:

    i think that person should not deserve to live , we as adult should be taking care of this childrens cause they are the future of the country, not hurting them .If he is from the city of belize why come here to molest our childrens , i think that person is mentally ill.THEY SHOULD KILL THAT MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Belizean says:

    If he ever comes out of prison, that will be the end of him I can guarantee, at least if the people keep up their seriousness like they did within the last few days. Justice might not be executed by the police, but it surely will from the people

  22. Eye in the Sky says:

    There are several free mason (lodge) members as guards in Hattileville (Kobe) prison so he will be well taken care of and protected while locked up.

  23. SHPS Student says:

    Hmm I heard this man have five lawyers already! Expensive ones too!

  24. Fom Punta Gorda says:

    I must tell de prime minister that it is time to do something else than just go to jail and come out.This man Bert Vasquez is a jail bird comes out do the same thing and go back to jail so government feed him.I must also tell Dicky Bradley that he should fight the case for Lowe and not atolerate the murder to be free.Layers enough is enough.I think offence like this to straight to Hang him or look him in a cell without food nor Water.Let him dead slowly slowly.Cut off his …. and give the dogs to eat it.What a shame on a young man like this.

  25. Disown mi country says:

    I am so proud of the Cayo and Santa Elena residents. Belize city residents take note. Good shall always overcome evil if you stand in solidarity.

  26. DEMUS says:

    I THINK BERT SHOULD BE SHOWN THE SAME COURTESY THAT HE HAS SO HEARTLESSLY SHOWN TO JASMINE AND THE OTHER GIRLS…We talk about human right, but what about “AN EYE FOR AN EYE”? Where was the commission when lil Jasmine was taking her last grasp for life. COME ON BELIZE – We need to stop worrying about HUMAN RIGHTS of CRIMINALS and start fighting forJUSTICE for the VICTIMS. He may not have literally KILLED all the innocent little girls that he encountered, but the things he did to them will most certain affect them in years to come. These little girls will eventually find it hard to have trust for a man and will not realize when they are trully being loved, because of all the lies that maniac told them. His ‘psychotic’ behavior has KILLED those young girls emotionally as well as psychologically and for this there is no excuse.
    A MESSAGE FOR YOU – you sorry excuse for a man, please do the honors are ending your despicable life because sooner, rather than later, someone will. Trust me, not even the prison walls will protect you…YO BETTA BELIZE DAT!!!!

  27. Pelican says:

    The Dam trouble is that the Justice System provides that animals accused of murder must get a defense lawyer even if the state has to provide one. The thing to watch is who are the hungry belly ones that will jump at it. I know for sure one calls herself a woman….. SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! L…

  28. Elly says:

    @ “Concerned Belizean” i think u are the one who needs to wake up. Did u not hear the police nd parents say Jasmine’s ring was found in Vasquez’s bag. Do u also have a theory for how that came to be? Maybe u should share that with us. This man is obviously either mental or overly confident that he will beat this rap. On the night he was held up at the police station he was actually on facebook talking about wanting a “lil burger and tambrand juice” bc the food he was being served was rat infected and as a taxpayer he “expects better food and sleeping arrangements”. It’s like he doesn’t get the seriousness of his situation or he’s playing the fool. GOB would do well to put all their monetary and human resources behind this case to ensure a conviction and thereby restore the confidence of the belizean populace.

  29. angel says:

    the problrm is that dirty politicians and attorneys like dickie bradley will do anything to take him out

  30. Al says:

    This is why the prison is in the shape it is in, because there again the only people who are promoted into positions are those that are brothers of the Mason. It is time for people to be placed in positions because they have the know how to make a difference and contribute to improvements, instead of the same old same old going on. It is time to upgrade conditions in Belize, instead of the place being like the land that time forgot.

  31. tacos says:

    well maybe he is what he say and is just being framed. you just can’t judge someone just by what other people say……i’m not taking anybody side in this. all i think is that they should look more into the evidence. Remember belize police system isn’t advance as the states and remember the girl and the taxi driver. they still have not find the man so i bet you that someone will accuse somebody they hate and he will be taking the place of the taxi driver that will walk free. YOU PEOPLE HAVE TO LOOK AT IT IN BOTH WAYS. THAT IS WHY BELIZE PEOPLE NEVER GET ANY JUSTICE AND WHY THEY PREFER TO LIVE IN THE STATES. i think they should look more into this problem and stop jumping into conclusions.

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