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May 20, 2015

Police Say There Was No Truth to Firearm Allegation

Supt. Dennis Arnold

Today at least six members of the Scenes of Crime Squad huddled around the blue Mazda pickup allegedly used by the men accused of burning the BSI fields. They were paying particular attention to the right side-view mirror of the vehicle, and while we weren’t allowed to get close, they processed the vehicle for well over an hour, after which the charge was laid on Efrain Alpuche and Saul Vasquez. Late this evening Superintendent Dennis Arnold explained why he called in those forensic personnel as part of the investigation.


Supt. Dennis Arnold, Officer Commanding, Orange Walk

“The forensics was here because they were called in by myself as the Officer Commanding Orange walk. What happened with that pickup, it’s that it was alleged it was on the site where the cane fields were burnt. Part of that vehicle was left on the scene hence the forensic analysis.”


Mike Rudon

“Where you waiting for the results of that forensic discovery to lay charges this evening?”


Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Partially, yes.”


Mike Rudon

“Can you clarify the circumstance for the detention of Mr Vasquez and Mr Alpuche? In terms of where it happened, when it happened on that day.”


Supt. Dennis Arnold

“It was San Lorenzo road, cane field area. What happened we had gotten a complain that a blue pickup was in the area and the complainant has made mention that the pickup had stopped and not even ten seconds they heard a bang and shortly they saw smoke and fire. Police was called in; well that day we were expecting anything so we had a lot of patrol out here. We had about six or seven patrol because we had assistance from Belmopan and Belize city. So we had cane field patrol, so officers were not far from that area and when we got that call officers went to the scene and upon arriving at the scene; I believe it was some quarter mile away. They stopped that said vehicle but at the time they didint know it was that vehicle, so when the occupant were questioned they said they were going to San Antonio. So they were left to go on their way but only two of them were in the vehicle on their way back the officers stopped them and went to the scene of the cane field and it was learnt that it was that vehicle. So I heard the news, someone was saying a Mennonite was with them and not arrested, yes he wasn’t arrested because whilst going to San Antonio the Mennonite wasn’t in the vehicle with the two occupants.


Mike Rudon

“Sir there were reports that shots were fired somewhere in the field when the fire was started, allegedly at the security guards by the persons in custody.”


Supt. Dennis Arnold

“We have investigated that but so far we haven’t came up with any analogy of any shots being fired. No firearm, no shots, no shell were found.”


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1 Response for “Police Say There Was No Truth to Firearm Allegation”

  1. belizean a heart says:

    lone stupidity,crazy charges,they were not in the filed with matches,lighter etc? were they caught lighting the fire? and with the vehicle if its political they will try put the fault to monchi driver/security and of course monchi too cause the ride is for him. POLITRICS IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL in Belize!

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