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Aug 24, 2012

Cops imply Plues Street victims cried crocodile tears

Four men at a residence on Plues Street in the Old Capital reported to the media that they were allegedly beaten by the police. The men said they were shocked by tasers, beaten and then taken to the Queen Street Police Station. The residents were outraged by what they called an excessive use of force on the men. But at a press conference late this evening at the Raccoon Police Station, the motive for the arrests and why the officers ransacked the residence were explained. According to Police Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, it started with an armed robbery at Paula’s Store around two-twenty p.m. on Thursday. According to Paula Chen, she was attending to a customer when three men with firearms entered the store. One of the assailants walked towards her and pointed the gun at her face. He demanded money and emptied the cash register. The other gunmen robbed the customers in the store. The police department claims that it followed a lead which took officers to a house at thirty two Plues Street.  During the search they found the stolen cell phones, close to five hundred dollars in cash, an unlicensed point thirty-eight special revolver containing four rounds of point thirty-eight special ammunition and a point three-fifty-seven pistol containing six rounds of point thirty-eight special rounds of ammunition. Inspector Yearwood says that the actions of the police were justifiable and that the men were never abused or tasered.

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

Fitzroy Yearwood

“Paula Chen, a businesswoman reported that she was at her place of business around two-twenty p.m. with customers when three male persons, all armed with firearms, entered the building. One of the assailants walked up to her, put a firearm to the head and the others proceeded to rob the customers in the store. The assailant that was holding her hostage took an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register. Police quick response to this crime in progress led them to a house at number thirty-two Plues Street in direct pursuit of these assailants where police recovered a thirty-eight revolver and a three-fifty-seven with ten rounds of live ammunition; all thirty-eight special ammunitions. Police also recovered the items stolen from Paula Chen and the customers in the store. And these men were detained, four persons were detained. Aaron Bailey, twenty-three year old carpenter of Raccoon Street Address; Jareth Gault, twenty-seven years musician of Euphrates Avenue, Inmar Welch, twenty-one years fisherman of King Street; and Jeffrey McDougal, twenty-two years construction worker of Plues Street. These men were all charged for robbery, handling stolen goods, kept prohibited firearm, kept firearm without a gun license and two counts of kept unlicensed ammunition. These men were arraigned a little while ago in the Magistrate’s Court. To the allegation that these men were beaten inside that house, I must say that not because you hear crying, means that these men were assaulted in any form—they have no signs of physical violence on them. They were detained. The officers from the patrol branch who took them in, if they had any signs of physical violence, they would have been escorted to the K.H.M.H. to be examined by a medical officer. I want the public to understand that we will not ease criminal elements who continue to violate law-abiding citizens. We will not tolerate it, the same way we will not tolerate any form of abuse from police officers. We will come down hard on criminals to make the streets of Belize City safe.  No officer attached to the patrol branch in Eastern Division carries a taser, so that allegation holds no grounds whatsoever. I can tell you that their duty belt is not equipped with a taser so an allegation of that form is totally false.”

 

The suspects were arraigned today in the Courtroom of Magistrate Aretha Ford and they were remanded to the Central Prison.

 

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9 Responses for “Cops imply Plues Street victims cried crocodile tears”

  1. Storm says:

    I’m glad I waited to hear the rest of the story. This sounds a lot more real than what I heard last night from the criminal element.

    Keep the hammer down on the criminals, GSU!

  2. Rod says:

    Things will get much worse in Belize due to the incompetence and impotence of this pm and gov on the crime situation any time you lay with rats you’ll wake up with rats and barrow has been laying with rats for years now even paying them to do his bidding.

  3. egghgead says:

    They should have done this when Keith Hamilton and Charlie Good was around….they wouldn’t have made it to the station alive. Like I said before, if they want to be in gangs, put them on the Chained Gang and have them build the highways and other infrastructures. That way the GOB can save money to take care of the needy. Damn THUGS!

  4. Belcap says:

    mein, hafu be city ppl(especially southside) wey di cry….dem go commit crime(assaults, robberies, murders) n den wen police get ina fi dem face dey di cry lyk wa baby alleging police brutality, if uno no lyk police brutalize uno “stop commit crime”

  5. Belizean says:

    POLICE NO DO TING FI NUTTIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEM WA BAAL BUT THE CAP FIT THE CAT!!!!!!!!!!!! I DE TELL UNU, DEM PEOPLE FAR FAR FAR FROM INNOCENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Belizean says:

    AS a matter of fact, i think the police officers SHOULD use tazers. Then maybe the thief and the murderer would start to respect!!!! Maybe it is now time to ramp up police equipment!!

    And for all those that think these guys are innocent, please, the Police has NEVER ever done this to me….WHY? Cuz I no guilty of ONE SINGLE CRIME!!!

  7. LA says:

    Good that’s were they belong!

  8. BMNJ says:

    20 yrs for robbery + 20 yrs for illegal firearm possession + 20 yrs for ammunition possession = concurrently 20 yrs. Because the term ‘concurrently’ in legal terms is a loop hole for the criminals, we either get rid of that or just double up on the penalties.

  9. marmir says:

    this is one of the main reasons why i nuh join the police force….. i do applaud their work…. but if i was them i would have made this happen as if the thief started shooting at me then me in self defense shoot all those mother*****….. Belize is destroyed with crimes because of these lazy guys … good job cops…. let’s continue the good work…. as i will join a force and will help get rid of those viruses and make this a better Belize for our children …..

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