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Feb 16, 2016

An Elderly Man Succumbs to Stab Wounds, Three Suspects Detained

Thomas Rockowski

And while San Pedro Police hunt for a killer, their counterparts in Punta Gorda are looking for evidence to identify three. On Saturday night, American National Thomas Rockowski was at his home in Hopeville, Punta Gorda when three men stormed into his residence and attacked him. Rockowski was stabbed multiple times, but clung to life until Monday night when he passed away at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. But why would anyone want to do harm to the well-known sixty-nine-year-old who made PG his home many years ago? That’s what Police are trying to find out. Today, News Five spoke to Officer Commanding Punta Gorda Police Formation, Superintendent Simeon Alvarez. He told us the badly injured man called 911 at around nine-thirty p.m. on Saturday and police immediately responded.


On the Phone: Supt. Simeon Alvarez, O.C., Punta Gorda Police

“Upon arrival there they saw a male person who was later identified as Thomas Paul Rockowski, 69 years old, retired American suffering from multiple stab wounds to the neck and to the abdomen area. As a result of that he was immediately transported to the Punta Gorda Hospital and in an interview with the Police he reported that he was in his bed when apparently three persons entered his premises by force opening the screen door and attacked him for no apparent reason. The American national was later transported to the Southern Regional and then to the Karl Heusner where he succumbed sometime around 10:30 last night. At this time we have three persons in custody pending investigation for murder. In brief what he told the Police is that he would have been able to identify one of his attackers. That is what he told the Police immediately after the incident when the Police arrived there. But he didn’t give any specific description or anything of the sort.”


Simeon Alvarez

Mike Rudon

“Can you tell us if Police have been able to identify a motive at this time?”


On the Phone: Supt. Simeon Alvarez

“The motive is still unclear at this time, but definitely it is not a robbery or aggravated burglary. They went there with the intention to cause bodily harm to his person.”


Superintendent Alvarez told us that an intensive investigation has been launched and three men are currently being questioned. Those men are also from the Hopeville Area. Rockowski had been residing in the area for over twenty years, but lived alone.

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1 Response for “An Elderly Man Succumbs to Stab Wounds, Three Suspects Detained”

  1. Rod says:

    And the killing of tourist continues unipeded when will you duncy belizeans get enough of all the murders maybe when there is no more tourist and the country plunges into chaos like Venezuela wake up unu duncy belizeans get rid of this incompetent pm and gov.l

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