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Aug 10, 2012

Rape and home invasion in quiet village

While Belize City was spared its daily dose of violence, another community much like Ladyville, is reeling from violence that has disturbed the peace normally associated with the area. A home invasion in Saint Matthews Village has left a man hospitalized and his family traumatized. Early Thursday morning, at around two o’clock, armed men broke into a home and attacked at least four occupants inside the house. According to reports, the man was beaten unconscious and his wife was raped. It was a particularly heinous crime as children were inside the home and they were tied up as was the woman. While this latest incident is considered one of the worst in that community, for some time now there has been a group of men targeting families. The Village Council and the newly established Neighborhood Watch Committee are calling for assistance from the Ministry of National Security. Vice-Chair of the Village, Edgar Arreaza, tells us that man is now hospitalized following the home invasion.

 

Edgar Arreaza, Vice-Chairman, St. Matthews Village

“Well, what I know, from what they have tell me is that they bruk into the house around two o’clock in the morning and they hurt the husband and raped the wife; that’s all I know.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you know if kids were involved; if they were inside the home?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

Edgar Arreaza

“Well, the husband and wife have a few kids and I suggest they were in there at the time, at the moment.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And I believe you’ve heard that the husband was taken to the hospital as well?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“Yes, I heard that the husband is in the hospital and he is injured but apart from that I don’t anything else; how far he was injured.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Have you heard how many assailants were involved; how many people broke into the home?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“I heard that there were three men in the house and we don’t know who they are.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you know if they were masked or anything?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“Well, I heard that they were masked, yes.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And armed?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“And armed, yes.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“With guns or machetes, do you know?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“Well, I suggest guns yes, guns.”

 

Efrain Perez, Chairman, St. Matthews Village

Efrain Perez

“I think it’s an isolated case. We haven’t had many incidents like this one but we do get worried because we wouldn’t want our community to be known out there for incidents such as this, so as my vice-chairman mentioned we are in the process of organizing a community watch program and we are expecting that it will help us a lot in crimes like these.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Okay, do you think this will be accepted by villagers; they will embrace it?”

 

Efrain Perez

“Yes, I believe so. So far the response from the residents is favorable. We have had lotta burglaries occurring in people’s homes so I think people are tired of it and it’s about time to get together to fight against crime.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“I believe you’re also concerned that one of these incidents may lead to a fatality; someone may be killed?”

 

Efrain Perez

“Most definitely; we had a young man murdered the last time in the community and so far we haven’t gotten to know the outcome of the investigation but we do not want things like that happening in our village.”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“Yes, we have a structure already in the community which belongs to the village council and it is well prepared; all we need is two police to come and do patrols and stay as a sub-station in the village. So I asking the Minister of Security, which is Mr. Saldivar to please come along and help us with this situation.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So you’re certain that the presence of law enforcement officers will decrease the numbers of burglaries; robberies and things like that?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“Yes, that will help decrease the crimes in the village and also will help us as the Neighborhood watch team and along with the community to fight crime.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now as a part of the group, for the past year or few months have you seen the crimes increasing or…?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“Well the crimes are still happening, like that incident that happened. They are taken to the police and we don’t know how far they go because we don’t see results. We want to ask the police as well to take forward those incidents like the guy that they killed; we don’t know anything that happened out of that.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Right and to your knowledge it is probably just a small group of people committing these crimes?”

 

Edgar Arreaza

“Well, it is a small group but that small group can become a bigger group if the community along with the neighborhood watch and the police don’t put hands into this situation.”

 

We received information that the attackers, who escaped in the family’s vehicle, also took off with jewelry and cell-phones. We were unable to confirm the details of this report because all queries to the Police Press Officer and the other Ministry of Police press officers went unanswered.

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4 Responses for “Rape and home invasion in quiet village”

  1. Storm says:

    Chairman Perez, when a group began creating incidents in the village, you should have taken action to organize the village into a community watch or citizen patrol. Learn the lesson from San Ignacio, where the citizens helped catch the child killer Vasquez by rising up.

    People Power can change the world; there is strength in numbers. It’s like a hand — you can have five fingers separate and weak, or join them into a fist and smash the enemy.

    People in Saint Mathews can get some great information on organizing civilian patrols by going to http://www.guardianangels.org . It’s a worldwide charity organized to do just that, and they will help and advise for free.

  2. Rod says:

    Nothing will come of this because unu Spanish first of all second the pm is on vacation for the 15th time this year so there is no law in the country no leader only corrupt politicians running the country just like putting the fox to mind the chicken coup . And this is because this pm sent all the gang members to all the villages so that they can do his bidding. Where is the leader where I’ll tell you where Miami beach spending your hard earned money while belizeans are being murdered raped mamed all over the place crime reigns in Belize.

  3. BMNJ says:

    Some criminals are worst than animals. Chop off their hands and balls. I’m sorry, it should be surgically removed their hands and ….. because, according to the Human Rights Commission, it is inhumane to do so otherwise.

  4. maite says:

    People of st. mathews so called commitee stop only being in the committee for your own benefit start working not only being there to get land and keep the little help from government thats the only reason why you all want to be in the committee help the people apply the law of the bible and eye for an eye starting attaching this menice that is growing in the village teach them lessons chop there hands, feet leave them worthless so they learn not to live off the hard work of others. This people are the same drugies in the village that grew there and they know to attack defensless people. Fight back and you will see the progress in the village its for all the villagers well being including you so call committee your kids and families will also benefit so act dont sit on it start acting not just taking.

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