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Aug 25, 2014

Teenager Charged for Unitedville Murder

Joseph Vacario

Last week, Cayo cops detained nineteen year old Unitedville resident Steven Gomez for his involvement in the murder of Victor Vargas, of that same village. Gomez was questioned, released, and detained again. But today, it was another teenager who was charged for Vargas’ murder. Nineteen year old Joseph Vacario was arraigned this morning in San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court. Inspector Reymundo Reyes told News five that after taking statements, the focus shifted from Gomez to Vacario.


Via Phone: Insp. Reymundo Reyes, Deputy Commander, Cayo Formation

“After recording statements from witnesses within the village of Unitedville and compiling a case file, we forwarded the information to the Office of the DPP, whereby instructions were given to us that we could proceed to arrest and charge a person by the name of Joseph Vacario, nineteen years of age, resident of Unitedville Village for the crime of murder. He was formally arrested and charged yesterday evening and this morning he was arraigned in front of the San Ignacio Town Magistrate for the said crime.”



Reymundo Reyes

“Sir I know that the last time we had checked on this story you all had a person of interest in custody by the name of Steven Gomez. Can you explain the shift of the investigation from Gomez to Vacario?”


Via Phone: Insp. Reymundo Reyes

“Well that was as a result of interviews that we conducted of people who, witnesses who were present at the time of the incident. At the beginning of the investigation it was based on a name that was given to us, but based on interviews that we conducted and statements that we obtained, it shifted to the said individual and as a result he was the one who was arrested and charged for the crime.”


Vargas was fatally stabbed during a fight in the village. Police now believe that while Gomez may have been involved in the altercation, it was Vacario who inflicted the fatal wounds on Vargas.

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