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Jul 14, 2014

Cashier at Publics is shot during a brazen robbery

Police are looking for two persons in connection with a broad daylight robbery which turned near fatal for a cashier of Publics on East Canal on Sunday. Just before eleven a.m., Salvadoran cashier of Publics Fruits and Vegetable Store, twenty-three year old Fatima Figueroa, was accosted by two men—one armed with a gun—who demanded that she opened the cash register. Figueroa refused and the gunman opened fire on her; she was hit once to the abdomen. But before the robbers would escape, they robbed a thirty-eight year old teacher of her purse containing four hundred dollars cash, a cell phone and personal documents. Quick police response led officers to a house two blocks away on West Street, where the suspected firearm was retrieved along with the stolen items. Two persons were detained including a fifty-three year old woman and Superintendent Alden Dawson says that they are looking for two others in connection with the attempted murder of Figueroa.


Supt. Alden Dawson, O.C., Precinct 1, Belize City Police

Alden Dawson

“She was seen suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and the police began investigation during which time they learnt that while she was at work on West Canal Street at the Publics Fruits and Vegetable Store, two young men entered the store and made demands for money. She refused to hand over the money and one of the young men fired a single shot which caught her to the abdomen. Also at the time, there was a customer inside of the store, who was also robbed of her property being her sling bag with four hundred dollars cash, two bunches of keys, two passports and a cell phone. Quick police response led to the recovery of the firearm, a three-eighty, we believe may have been used in the robbery/attempted murder case. Also, it had at the time had four live rounds of ammunition in its magazine. We also recovered a sling purse with the two bunches of keys and the two passports. We have detained two persons so far and we look for two others at this time.”


Duane Moody

“Sir, the report is saying that a fifty-three year old woman has been detained. Tell us how she factors into the investigation.”
Supt. Alden Dawson

“Actually that investigation is ongoing. We have two persons detained and I do not want to release any name or any information because we have two persons on the run that we need to bring into custody that can assist us with this investigation before we could reveal any further information as who’s detained and who is not.”


One auto G.F.L. three-eighty expended shell and a slug were recovered from the scene.

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1 Response for “Cashier at Publics is shot during a brazen robbery”

  1. scared of belize says:

    That cashier is stupid why would anybody not hand over the money your life over a little money??? (smh)

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