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May 18, 2017

Accused Simon Lino May Have Fled to Guatemala

Simon Lino

Alleged murderer Simon Lino is wanted by police for fatally stabbing Lascelle Martinez and seriously injuring his ex-girlfriend during a brutal attack on Wednesday in Punta Gorda.  Lino, it is strongly believed, may have fled the country to nearby Guatemala.  Inspector Frank Zuniga refrained from making a connection between Martinez and Tiannie Figueroa.  He did, however, inform the media that Interpol has been notified should their suspect turn up in another jurisdiction.


Insp. Francis Zuniga, Deputy O.C., Punta Gorda Police

“That individual is still at large and police are seeking that person.  Wanted posters have been posted and we are seeking public assistance in having this person in custody.”


Frank Zuniga

Isani Cayetano

“If one were to connect both incidents, you have one common denominator, as we would say, Simon Lino, at the center of these two incidents, the stabbing inflicted upon Tiannie Figueroa and the stabbing inflicted upon Lascelle Martinez.  It has been brought forward unofficially that this may have been a case of jealousy.”


Insp. Frank Zuniga

“I’m not going to say that or get into that.”


Isani Cayetano

“What are your investigations showing since you have one common factor who is involved in both of these incidents?”


Insp. Frank Zuniga

“The investigation is still at its young stage Isani, so I’m not going to divulge any information as to what may have triggered that incident to occur yesterday.”


Isani Cayetano

“My final question to you, given the geographic location of this town, you have a border crossing at Jalacte and you have a border crossing going to Livingston.  You mentioned that a bulletin had been issued for the arrest of Mr. Lino, has there been one extended to your counterparts in Guatemala?”


Insp. Frank Zuniga

“Yes, through Interpol, that has been done.”

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