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Jul 5, 2017

Most Wanted Erwin Santos Caught in Teakettle

Erwin Santos

Just a few minutes shy of eleven a.m. today, Erwin Santos was captured by officers attached to the Belmopan Police Formation in Teakettle, Cayo. The twenty-four-year-old, who also has the alias Toluck, was wanted by police for charges of keeping unlicensed firearm and ammunition and threat of death. While he was out on bail for a charge of attempted murder and has been previously arrested for robbery, theft, and handling stolen goods, Santos managed to become a person of interest for two recent homicides in the west—the murders of Jorge Lemus in Unitedville on June seventeenth and Mark Mendez less than two weeks later in Teakettle. Today, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett says that with assistance from the community and Santos’ family, they were able to detain him.


Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police Formation

“We’ve been following a number of leads over the past few days. Some of them proved to be futile, but we continued to work wit he community and also with the family and the family was very helpful in helping us in the capture of Mister Santos. I want to say kudos to our police officers, especially our investigators, who have been following all the leads. And also to the Special Patrols Unit that was there throughout this search for Mister Santos.”



“What led police to that village?”


Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett

“As I said just a while ago, we have been working with the family because it was becoming very unsafe for Mister Santos to be on the loose and we were working very closely with the family to have the recapture of him. Last night we had many different tips and we were out until late in the night to try and capture him. They proved to be fruitless, but we are happy that we have him in our custody; it is safer for the community and for him to be in police custody.”


Those pending firearm charges will keep Santos in lockdown as investigations continue in both Belmopan and San Ignacio for the murders of Mendez and Lemus, respectively.

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1 Response for “Most Wanted Erwin Santos Caught in Teakettle”

  1. Marie says:

    Thanks to the police force and the family also because most families would never turn over their family member even if they kill someone.

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