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Jun 21, 2012

11 girls say Bert Vasquez tried to get them in his car

Bert Vasquez

A massive emotional crowd spilled into the streets in front of the San Ignacio police station on Wednesday, for the arraignment of Bert Vasquez. The Belize City businessman was charged for the murder of Jasmine Lowe, the vivacious young girl who was found dead on June sixth near a farm at Cristo Rey. But that is not the end of Vasquez’s troubles. This morning the crowd was reduced but there was still tension when he was escorted for the second time to the Magistrates Court. Eleven minors from the San Ignacio area are claiming that Vasquez attempted to lure them into his car, at times offering money and more charges are likely to follow. Vasquez has been living in San Ignacio for three months; he has been out on Supreme Court bail for a charge of Forcible Abduction since February.  Freelance reporter Duane Moody was back in San Ignacio today and has this report.

 

Duane Moody

“Twenty-four hours ago, this main thoroughfare in San Ignacio Town in front of the Police Station; was blocked by at least a thousand persons lay-waiting, demanding to see the man that has been charged for the murder of one of their youth; thirteen year old Jasmine Lowe. That man, twenty-eight year old Bert Vasquez, was charged yesterday for the single count of murder. But it appears that many other young girls from the Twin Towns here in the West were targeted by Vasquez.”

 

Cecilia Neal Flowers

Cecilia Neal Flowers, Scout Adult Leader, Troop 27

“Those girls could be any of our children and it’s scary because you know as a scout leader, we teach our children to be nice, humble to people especially strangers coming into our town—we be useful and assist them in any way. But now we have to be careful to let your children do that.”

 

Alberto Palma

Alberto Palma, President, Bishop Martin Neighborhood Watch Committee

“We want to see this thing through to the end. Yes he has been charged for the murder of Jasmine Lowe, but then we still have all the other little girls that are accusing him and we want to see this to follow through to the end. So that’s why we are still here. Yes, the crowd is a little small, but we believe that the people will come because they want to see it through too and we have been out here for three days.”

 

The crowd grew at around two-forty-five this afternoon when Bert Vasquez was taken to court and charged with a total of thirteen counts. But just before he was to be read the charged the courtroom was cleared of the media and public because the victims are minors. Moments later, Vasquez asked to speak with the media and public; but this was refused.

 

Chester Williams

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

“Mister Vasquez was arraigned in court today for eleven counts of common assault, one count of abduction and one count of aggravated assault. So he got a total of thirteen counts.”

 

Duane Moody

“He was asking to speak with the media and the public. Why wasn’t this allowed?”

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“Mister Vasquez is a prisoner in police custody and as a prisoner he has been restrained and as such he has no right to communicate with the media.”

 

But the media nevertheless got comment from Vasquez as he was being whisked away to the Central Prison and this is what he had to say:

 

Duane Moody

“Bert do you have anything to say to the public?”

 

Bert Vasquez, Charged with Abduction/Assault

“Yes. This is over sensation. I wish to speak to all.”

 

Duane Moody

“Mister Vasquez is there anything else that you wanna say?”

 

Bert Vasquez

“Many things; but I’ll be in touch with you through counsel. I’m innocent of this crime, I’m being framed.”

 

More charges are likely to be placed on him. Officer Commanding the San Ignacio Formation, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams explains.

 

Duane Moody

“Yesterday, you told us at your press conference that as you were there; that there were several persons coming forth saying more. Is this man going to be charged maybe even more with other counts of aggravated assault or whatever it is?”

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“Yes, umm, as we were taking him to court, we received two additional complaints. So what we will be doing is that those other matters will be logged before the court and when he will be taken to court on the fourth of July; those additional charges will be read to him.”

 

But his detention would not have been possible without the vigilance and support of the community working with the police.

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“The invaluable commitment of the country and the police. So when people say that the public have no confidence in the police; this is indicative of good police/community relations and I would hope that this relationship continues and that the police can continue to be successful with its investigation.”

 

Alberto Palma

“Yesterday was an important day for Cayo. We were united against crime and our people showed that we are united against crime and we noh wah tolerate it no more.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Vasquez is to return to court on July fourth for today’s charges, but the police have requested a short adjournment to the nineteenth and trial for August eighth since the victims are in school. For the Murder charge, he is to go to court on August fourteenth. 

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54 Responses for “11 girls say Bert Vasquez tried to get them in his car”

  1. African Queen says:

    I am so proud of the Cayo people and other Belizeans who showed supported to this situation. Belizeans are really getting fed up. As for Bert he should have been let loose into the hands of those who were out there, I bet they would be able to find not of his a**** when the people was done with him. Keep on supporting each belize and we will see improvement in our country. enough is enough!!!

  2. bzan-away says:

    i have known bert for many years from when they had the laundromat on northfront street. Now i think we are jumping the gun. If he is guily let the full extent of the law be used. My heart goes out the the lowe family what happend to them is unthinkable and should not happen to any family and the person responsible should pay and pay dearly. I think due to the scobby-doo type cops we have in belize he will get off the murder charge but will be found gulity of the 11 lesser charges. what about his mother i know many will not share my opinion but how is she doing? She is a very nice lady.

  3. mailman says:

    I LIKE AND AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENTS DEEDEE….@ KEKI, YOU GOT ISSUES, AND DONT CALL PPL NAMES UNLESS YOU PERSONALLY KNOW EM, MY OPINION , BEST YOU STICK TO YOUR FACEY-BOOK COMMENTS,

  4. areli jimenez says:

    he have to pay for what he did!

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