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Jun 14, 2017

Accused Radisson Hotel Robber Charged

Philip McLaren

A Belize City Security Guard, David Reneau, employed at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, is the latest victim of a robbery allegedly perpetuated by another security guard.  This afternoon, twenty-six-year-old Philip McLaren appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith and was read two charges, one count of attempted robbery upon Radisson Fort George Hotel and one count of robbery upon Reneau, who was robbed of his hand-held radio valued at seven hundred and fifty dollars and a cell phone worth fifty-five dollars. After pleading not guilty McLaren told the Chief Magistrate that he was brutalized by CIB police until he gave a statement implicating himself as one of the robbers.  He said the officers burnt his finger with a lighter and denied him the right to seek medical attention while in custody. When the Chief Magistrate remanded him into custody, she also made an order that he be taken immediately to the hospital for treatment. Police were called to the hotel where they spoke to receptionist Shakira Brown, who reported that two men approached the front desk; one carried a kit bag and the other asked about the nightly rates. Brown said that one of them pulled out a gun and pointed it at her.   The gunman then jumped over the counter and began demanding money. The other joined him and asked for the keys to the drawers.   This is when Reneau walked into the receptionist area and was ordered to lay on the ground. He complied and was robbed. McLaren goes back to court at the end of August.

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