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Oct 26, 2012

Cop flung from truck and robbery suspects run for freedom

Statistically, most of the country’s murders take place in Belize City, particularly in the south side. But it must be noted that all four of this week’s murders took place on the north side of the city, traditionally regarded as a safe area. Now that the bubble has burst on that myth, it should come as no surprise that the hot pursuit police were engaged in this afternoon began on Coney Drive, literally spilled into traffic near Nazarene High and Belize Elementary Schools and wound up at the University of Belize Business School Campus in West Landivar. The firing of shots near the hospital was caused following a robbery on Coney Drive.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

This afternoon in Belize City, the cops were chasing suspects on Princess Margaret Drive, Coney Drive and University Drive. No less than uniformed cops in Anti Drug Unit (ADU) uniforms and Gang Suppression Unit  officers were combing the north side of the city for three men. The officers were responding to a robbery at Moon Grocery on Coney Drive. Police confirmed the initial capture of one suspect, and witnesses explained that they saw one officer sitting with the detained man in the pan of the police pick-up.  But according to witnesses, the haste with which the driver swung around the intersection of Princess Margaret and Coney Drive, the officer was flung from the truck.  A preliminary police report claims that the officer was pushed. However, a chaotic scene occurred in the school district as these witnesses explained off-camera.

Voice of: Witness # 1

“I look out and ih take a sudden curve on the corner and when I look the man, di police man mi deh pan di corner of the pan—one leg out and one leg in. And ih just flip.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“The policeman flipped out of the truck?”

 

Voice of: Witness # 1

“Yes. And then wah bicycle come from behind the vehicle and then the next police man he knock on top.

 

Jose Sanchez

“So where did the police man land?”

 

Voice of: Witness # 1

“Ina di hole.”

 

Voice of: Witness # 2

“Half ina the drain and half deh out. After dehn tend to the police man, the bally weh dehn ketch from wah robbery weh dehn do and dehn mi gwen fi see wah other robbery. So the piolice man he flip out; dehn di guard the next one in the vehicle. He escaped out of the vehicle. Police man start let go shots ina di air, catch ahn by Elementary corner there; give ahn wah two jabs and put ahn back ina di vehicle.” 

 

Voice of: Witness # 1

“We know the policeman get bad hurt because blood di come from the two corner of ih ears.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“You said ih had wah foot ina di vehicle and one outside. So ih mi di sit down bad.”

 

Voice of: Witness # 1

“Yeah ih mi di sit down bad and dehn dah the one always di give yo advice not to sit on the pan.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Shots were fired near Belize Elementary; did that cause any commotion?”

 

Voice of: Witness # 1

“Just that people mi di out di run out. I mi got customers, people di sit down the eat. And the gunshots fired up ina di air after the man. Two other people come from down soh and dehn gone straight.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Towards UB?”

 

Voice of: Witness # 1

“Mmhmm because there was another robbery in process.”

 

So after shooting at least two shots in the vicinity of Belize Elementary School, some officers deployed to Moon Grocery and others continued in pursuit towards UB Business School Campus in West Landivar. Since it is a Friday evening, few people were on campus, but staff and students were barred from leaving the compound. Well armed officers attached to the GSU and ADU branches searched the compound at ground level and as high as the roof for their suspects. The officers eventually drove off campus after other officers  made a capture in the mangrove behind UB. By this time two suspects including, the one whom escaped during the Coney Drive accident  were captured. They found themselves unhappily sitting on the floor of a pick-up pan, with two guards, heading to the Queen Street Police Station. Despite the accident, these officers sat  on the edge of the pan. So the cops captured the suspects, and according to Moon Grocery clerks,  the robbery itself was captured on Moon Grocery’s closed circuit video. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

It is expected that the suspects will be charged on Monday. When News Five last spoke to the clerks at Moon Grocery, they were in the process of handing over the surveillance video of the robbery to the police.

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10 Responses for “Cop flung from truck and robbery suspects run for freedom”

  1. Rod says:

    Damm is there any pm in this country why is no one coming out to explain this level of violence is their no one in this gov. Being held accountable for all the murders where is the leadership I guess they are all hiding under their bed hoping things will change well news flash. Judas barrow is no where to be found to account for the level of violence happening now demand his resignation people demand that judas barrow resign he is a total failure at his job march belizeans before you or your children fall victim to murder. Marchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  2. marie says:

    Police Dept need to have some vans so they can throw prisoners and stolen property inside. The doors are locked this way they are not able to escape. Bz still backwards in the 21st century. ask China/Taiwan for some vehicles.

  3. XXXX says:

    @ Marie, or maybe one of our rich politician can donate some vehicle to the police department… oh they will wait until politicians are the main target before they donate some vehicles.

  4. hooyah says:

    I think the government needs to get Boots bredda fi swindle more money so that they could buy more police vans and bulletproof vest for those under-equipped officers who are trying to do their best with their meagre resources

  5. MAN says:

    YEAH, ITS A PITTY THAT WE THE OFFICERS HAVE TO PAY FOR THE WRONG DOING OF THE GOVERNMENT, HOWEVER WE ARE UNDER OAT TO UPON THE SOVEREIGNTY AND LAW OF OUR COUNTRY. WHY ASK FOR ASSISTANCE IF WE HAVE THE RESOURCES HERE IN BELIZE, WHAT ABOUT THE OIL MONEY, WHERE IS IT GOING? HOW THE GET RICH AND RICHER? BELIZE IS GETTING OUT OF HAND AND CRIME IS GETTING MORE ORGANIZED.

  6. Storm says:

    Marie is right, pickup trucks are not the best for police work of any kind. But until we get new and better vehicles, the officers should sure be able to secure themselves more safely in the pan.

    I hope the officer recovers fully, but if he does, he’s lucky. The human body wasn’t intended to fly out of pickup beds and splat on the ground.

  7. Simone says:

    good work police. We appreciate it and accidents happen-dont worry about the mishap-in the end you caught the culprits

  8. End Of Days says:

    All out faking madness and chaos.

  9. air says:

    hahahahahahahahah, what a dump stupid police force, another blunder hahahahahahahaha

    call the grand thug Dean thug Barrow to give you some money from his law firm for better cars, hahahahahahahahah

  10. impartial says:

    what bubble? 2 arabs killed by their own and then 2 more just across the river… to close to the south side

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