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Oct 18, 2017

P.M. Deplores Failed Cayo Abduction; No Charges Yet

San Ignacio Police are yet to charge an American national who is currently in their custody for the alleged attempted abduction of three students from El Progresso Seven Miles Community in the west. News Five is being told that there is still not enough to charge the detainee, who has been in police hands since Tuesday. Police are, however, in possession of the statements from the three minors and their parents. The disturbing report surfaced on Monday when the children reportedly got into a pickup truck driven by the detainee, who at the time was along with another man from the village.  The girls claim that they were taken to his property and then placed in the pan of the vehicle to be brought to Belize City. But the alleged abduction was foiled when the vehicle was intercepted by the father of two of the minors at mile three near Georgeville, Cayo. At his press conference held today, Prime Minister Barrow, specifically because his wife is the Special Envoy for Women and Children, gave brief comments on the incident.


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“In terms of the attempted abduction of the girls, that’s outrageous. I believe that’s the case where somebody is in custody. So hopefully the quick work of the police will act as some deterrent in the future. But my God that’s the last sort of thing that we want to see occurring in our country where we are already so very much troubled by other types of crime.”

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