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Jul 13, 2016

Woman Detained in Curious Circumstances in Ladyville

A victim of an alleged burglary has had the tables turned on her and ended up in lockdown.  On Tuesday night, Ana Villacorte, an employee of B.T.L., arrived at her home in Maxboro, Belize District, to discover that her house had been burglarized.  Villacorte, the common-law wife of attorney Arthur Saldivar, who is presently away in the United States, claims she immediately called to inform him of the incident.  According to the Villacorte, she made several checks thereafter and found that a safety deposit box which was inside one of the bedrooms had been removed.  That’s when she decided to drive down to Ladyville and file a police report on the burglary.  But, something happened during her visit to the police station. While in the process of giving a statement, Villacorte was detained and placed in a holding cell, reportedly without being given a reason for her detention.  The couple, according to Ladyville police, has been in a tumultuous relationship for quite some time and on numerous occasions, they have had to intervene in domestic disputes at the residence.  Villacorte alleges that she was summarily locked up and denied a phone call to notify her relatives of what transpired.


Ana Villacorte

Ana Villacorte, Common-Law Wife of Arthur Saldivar

“Yesterday when I reached home from work, approximately eight p.m., upon walking through the main entrance at the door where I normally walk, I noticed that the lights in the bedroom were on.  I said, I wonder if I did leave them on but I proceeded to do my checks.  When I did the checks I realized that yes it was burglarized and his closet was ransacked.  At that moment I said, oh mein, something happened here but nothing was stolen, nothing of value.  So immediately my mind said this is not a thief, this is an enemy.  So I called him and he said, you know what Ana check the safe and when I did check for the safe it wasn’t there, so then I proceeded to call the police.  And you know, I am so disappointed with the police, they took so long.  And so then, finally the police did reach and they said, you know what Ana, you need to come to the station to make a report of such findings.  I said no problem.  So now I always call the police for backup and I always tell Arthur when you hurt me, when you abuse me physically and mentally, I use the police as my last resort.  I don’t have anybody else here.  Now when I came to the police station to log a report, the police told me after I finished logging my report that I am detained.  I was like really?  How could that be?  They said, you know Arthur called and said that I should not go in the house, I should be detained.  Nobody told me why.  They immediately locked me in the cell with a lock and I asked them, I said can I make a phone call, I think I do deserve a phone call.  Nobody whatsoever knew that I was detained, not even my colleagues, not my mom, not my sister, no one.  I think that is so wrong.”

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